The CBA (Círculo de Bellas Artes) is one of the most important private cultural centres in Europe and is characterised by its open attitude towards outstanding innovative artistic trends. It is a multidisciplinary centre with activities ranging from visual art to literature, from science and philosophy to film and the performing arts.
The CBA was founded in 1880 thanks to the efforts of a small group of artists. It is a private, non-profit cultural institution, officially declared a ‘Centre for the Protection of the Fine Arts and of Public Interest’.
During the early years of the 20th century, its directors included important cultur-al figures of the period such as Jacinto Benavente and Carlos Arniches. The young Picasso attended painting classes here and Ramón María del Valle-Inclán frequent-ed its rooms.
The CBA’s current headquarters is a building by Antonio Palacios, the architect who designed many of Madrid’s most characteristic buildings such as Palacio de Comunicaciones, the Banco Central (also on Alcalá street) and Maudes Palace, among others. It was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII on Monday, November 8, 1926 with an exhibition of paintings by Ignacio Zuloaga in the Goya Room.
The roof of the Fine Arts Circle is a popular viewpoint, given that it affords one of the finest views of the city of Madrid. It hosts cultural events and there is a restaurant, one of the most popular during the summer months.
Access to the building and cafeteria - restaurant "La Pecera": 1 euro
Access to exhibition hall and cafeteria - restaurant "La Pecera": 3 euro
Access to the roof and cafeteria - restaurant "La Pecera": 3 euro
Combined entry: 4 euro
Exhibitions: Tues - Sun 11:00am - 2:00pm / 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Cafeteria "La Pecera" Mon - Thurs 9:00am - 1:00am / Fri - Sat 9:00am - 3:00am / Sun 9:00am - 12:00am
Roof: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 9:00pm / Sat - Sun 11:00am - 9:00pm
One of the world’s leading art galleries with works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting.
Make your way up to the observation deck for stunning views of the city.
Climb on board and discover the city in a panoramic format.
Visit more than 50 museums and enjoy numerous discounts.