Discovering Art at the Thyssen Museum through a treasure hunt

This interactive scavenger hunt at the Thyssen Museum is designed to encourage children to engage with art in a fun and educational way. Our unique family-focused tour will foster their curiosity and help them decode symbols and social conventions represented in a series of paintings. As a family, you will learn about artistic techniques and themes that were popular from the Middle Ages through modern times.  Together, we will discover monsters, heroes and heroines as we explore topics such as family units, patronage, ethnic diversity and the Impressionist revolution in Art.   

The Thyssen Museum houses one of the best private art collections in the world: a selection of artworks dating from the 14th to the 20th century acquired by the Thyssen family, with the recent addition of the personal collection of Carmen Thyssen, the Spanish widower of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. 

A truly engaging learning experience for children of all ages, this private tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is led by Dr. Almudena Cros, a fully qualified Art History professor (BA Hons, MA, PhD Warwick University) who has created successful family-friendly tours in Italy and Spain.  Dr. Cros has worked as a primary school teacher assistant at the American Elementary School in Benjamin Franklin Village (Mannheim), where she taught Spanish and History of Art through visual media, and also as a family art workshop docent at CaixaForum Madrid, where her position involved introducing Art History concepts to young children and stimulating their artistic creativity.  Dr. Cros has years of experience teaching art history to children, and as parent herself she knows how to keep their attention and focus throughout this treasure hunt.  

Although this itinerary is child-focused and is particularly appropriate for children aged between 4 and 12, adults will find plenty of new perspectives as we decode the hidden messages in paintings from the 14th to the 19th century.  The inquisitive nature of children and adults alike is catered for in this unique tour where we use our exclusive didactic materials, designed by ourselves, which feature clues to help us explore this fantastic collection.   

Length: 2.5 hours. Maximum group size: 6 people.
Please note that there is no minimum number of participants, so single parents with a child are as welcome as larger family units.   

55 euros for adults
40 euros for children under 18 (children under 4 free of charge)

Special offer: 
For families including 2 adults and up to 4 children: 190 euros flat fee
For family units of up to 6 members, including 2 or more children: 220 euros flat fee
For a group of 2 different family units with a maximum of 6 people, including 2 or more children: 240 euros flat fee

This is a guaranteed private tour. 
Thyssen tickets:
* 12 euros per adult - included in the price. We are happy to cover the entrance fee for up to 2 adults when booking as a single family unit, to facilitate access to culture for families. 

* If the group is made of 2 different famiy units, the cost does not include any Thyssen tickets as the special offer of 240 euros per group already entails a considerable saving for each of the 2 families.

Please bring a photocopy of your passport to qualify for a reduced entrance fee to the Museum (over 65 years old, children under 18 or students with a valid College or University ID)

No hidden charges: 21% VAT included in our prices.
Please note that as part of Across Madrid's commitment to social justice, we destine part of our profits to charitable organisations.  The cost of this tour includes a donation that Across Madrid gives to the medical charity Cirugía en Turkana set up by Madrid surgeons in Turkana, Kenya.  To find out more about the crucial healthcare delivered to children and their families by this NGO, please click here.

Available days and starting times: 

Please note that advance booking is required and that although we are flexible and can often accommodate last-minute bookings, it is best to book early to avoid disappointment. These are our suggested days and times:

Tuesday through Sunday including holidays: starting at 10:30 or 15:00.

Please note that this tour does not run on Mondays.

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