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Madrid, Spain
Introduction  
 
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is on Paseo del Prado in Madrid. You can get there by a variety of bus lines, at the Banco de España stop on the underground, and the Recoletos and Atocha stops on the train. It is open year round from 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are 7€ ($10) for the permanent collection; there is an additional fee for temporary exhibits. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups.
 
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is housed in the Villahermosa Palace. The site was first developed in the 17th century and the palace was completed in the early 19th century. It served as a private residence for some time and then became an annex to the Prado Museum. In 1989, it became the permanent home of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. 
 
The bulk of the collection at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza comes from the private collections of the Baron and Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, given to the museum on a generous loan. However, the Thyssen-Bornemiszas had taste that was both impeccable and catholic. Visitors will find a wide variety of important European artists including Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Rubens, Mondrian, and Gauguin. 
 
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza devotes much of its expertise to restoration and preservation of its collection. It has a state-of-the-art restoration laboratory with equipment for X-radiology, micro sample analysis, and infrared photography. 
 
The temporary exhibits at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza are supplemented by additional programs, lectures, and concerts. Timings are listed on the museum's website. On their site you can also find videos and podcasts about the temporary exhibits. The museum also has an extensive school outreach program.

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