There are more than 50 museums in Barcelona so you’ll need to be selective as to which ones you’d like to visit. The most popular are the Picasso Museum, the museum at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the FC Barcelona museum in the grounds of the Nou Camp Stadium. Below is a small selection of ones we’d recommended you consider visting. Take a look at the Barcelona Card to find out about how to get reduced entry prices in many of these museums.
Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Address: Montcada, 15-23
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm. Closed Mondays & Public Holidays
Metro: Jaume I
Check Entrance Fees & Opening Hours at the Picasso Museum Website.
Barcelona is the city that shaped Pablo Picasso’s youth and this museum is result of his wish that after his death his art would have a permanent impact on the city. It is located in the historical Gothic quarter and the permanent collection is housed in three medieval palaces attracting over a million annual visitors. Much of the museum is devoted to Picasso’s early works and the chronological order of the exhibits allows visitors to appreciate the artist’s development.
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Address: Placa dels Angels, 1
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm (Saturdays); 10am-3pm (Sundays). Weekdays 11am-7.30pm (Winter); 11am-8pm (Summer). Closed Tuesdays, half price on Wednesdays.
Metro: Catalunya or Universitat
Check Entrance Fees & Opening Hours at the MACBA Website.
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art has been the catalyst in the urban regeneration of the El Raval district of central Barcelona, just off the Ramblas. Even if you’re not particularly an art enthusiast it’s well worth a visit to the MACBA although you might find some of the exhibits rather weird. The building itself is an impressive work of modern art contrasting sharply the the rundown neighbourhood which surrounds it. The main attractions amongst the exhibits are works by prominent Catalan artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Miquel Barceló.
National Art Gallery of Catalonia
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Address: Palau Nacional
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm; Sundays 10am-2.30pm; Closed Mondays
Metro: Placa Espanya
Check Entrance Fees & Opening Hours at the MNAC Website.
The National Art Gallery of Catalunya is one of Europe’s greatest art museums exhibiting works of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-20th century. As well as displaying the best collection of Catalan modern art in the world the museum is also worth a visit simply to see the magnificent Palau Nacional building in which it is housed. This palace was built on the Montjuïc hill for the 1929 World Exhibition providing breathtaking views of the city of Barcelona down below.
Fundació de Joan Miró
Address: Parc de Montjuïc
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm; Sun. & public holidays 10am-2.30pm; Closed Mondays. Seasonal variations.
Metro: Espanya or Paral-lel then take the Montjuïc Funicular
Check Entrance Fees & Opening Hours at the Fundació de Joan Miró Website.
This modern art museum is located on the Montjuïc hill and is dedicated to the works of Joan Miró, Catalonia’s greatest 20th century artist. Only a selection of his many paintings, sculptures and drawings are on display at any one time with a tendency to focus mainly on the last 20 years of Miró’s life.
FC Barcelona Museum
Address: Carrer d’Aristides Maillol
Opening Hours: 10am to 6.30pm; Sundays 10am-2.30pm; Closed Mon. Check website below to confirm.
Check Entrance Fees & Opening Hours at the FC Barcelona Website.
The FC Barcelona museum is located within the grounds of the magnificent Nou Camp stadium. You can choose to simply visit the museum area where there’s a selection of memorabilia including trophies on display. However, you should combine this with a guided stadium tour which includes visits to the changing rooms and onto the pitch. Please note that on match days the museum opens from 10am to 1pm but the stadium tour isn’t available for obvious reasons.
Other Interesting Museums:
Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat
Palau de la Musica Catalana
Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB)
Museu d’ Arqueologia de Catalunya
Museu de l’Erotica
Museu del Perfum