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Barcelona is a world class city with over 55 different museums covering every possible subject from art, architecture, history, science and sports. Traditional and avant garde, old and new, some are specific to artists that completely shaped the art scene of the 20th century.
Barcelona: Art & Museum Tours
Top Museums in Barcelona
The Picasso Museum of Barcelona not only was the first of its kind when it opened in 1963. It has the distinction for having the largest number of Picasso art pieces in the world. It’s located in a former medieval palace in the Old City of Barcelona.
Picasso Museum: Entrance & guided tour
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Not only is the largest football stadium in Spain, but Camp Nou it’s also the largest in Europe. It’s home to the Football Club Barcelona Museum, one of the most successful football clubs in the world.
Camp Nou Experience: F.C. Barcelona Museum and Tour
The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), features an outstanding collection of catalan art. The impressive building was built for the 1929 International Exposition in Montjuic. Entrance is free with the Barcelona ArtTicket.
MNAC Admission Ticket
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Famed American arquitect Richard Meier was invited to design the building for the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in 1986. Since then, MACBA has become a huge landmark at the Raval neighborhood and a favorite place for skaters in Barcelona.
Museum of Contemporary Art Entrance Ticket
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The Joan Miro Foundation opened in 1975. Along Picasso Museum, is the only museum in Barcelona dedicated to just one artist. It’s located very close to the Barcelona Olympic Park.
Discover the Barcelona Pass
The Barcelona Pass is the ultimate key to Barcelona’s biggest attractions. This tourist card, available for 2 or 3 days, includes free entrance to more than 20 top attractions and an optional travelcard for unlimited transportation around the city.
Fundació Joan Miró Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket
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CosmoCaixa is a museum designed especially for children, dedicated to everything related to science, and its main goal is the spread of knowledge in a very simple and fun way. You’ll find it close to Tibidabo mountain.
Located in the Eixample district, the Egyptian Museum in Barcelona hosts over 1,000 pieces of egyptian art and a unique monographic collection on Ancient Egypt, the first in Spain of its kind. It’s viewed as one of the best egyptian museums in Europe.
Barcelona Egyptian Museum Tickets
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Gaudí Experiencia it’s the first interactive space in Barcelona that gathers everything about Gaudi under one same roof. It features an exciting 4D movie theater, interactive digital screens and much more. It’s located roght net to Park Güell.
Gaudí Experiència Admission Ticket
Other recommended museums in Barcelona
This is a list of other important museums in Barcelona you can’t miss:
- Caixa Forum, featuring exhibits from architecture, art and film.
- The Barcelona City History Museum.
- The Museu Maritim (Barcelona Royal Shipyard).
- The Chocolate Museum.
- The Olympic Sports Museum
- Egyptian Museum.
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Opening hours and free entrance
Most Barcelona museums open between 9.00 or 10.00 hours and close 18:30-20.00 hours, depending on the season. Almost all the museums in Barcelona close on Mondays so be sure to check out before you go visit. All museums close on December 25th, January 1st and January 6th.
Usually, people under the age of 18 can enter for free to the Barcelona museums (check for each museum individually), and people between 18 and 25 years old pay a reduced entrance.
Most museums in Barcelona have free access for everyone the first sunday of every month. In addition, entrance is free to all museums during Museum Night (Nit dels Museus), a especial holiday that takes place an especific date during May where entrance is free between 19.00 and 1.00 hours.
The Art Ticket (30€) gives you free access to six important museums in Barcelona:
- National Art Museum of Catalonia, MNAC
- Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA
- The Foundation Joan Miro
- Foundation Antoni Tapies
- Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre CCCB
- Picasso Museum
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The best tours in Barcelona
Join this full day guided tour that includes a brunch and wine tasting at the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning city of Sitges.
Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.
Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.
Get the best of Gaudí in Barcelona in one single tour. Experience the creative genius of Gaudí with this 4,5 hour guided tour that includes entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus an exterior visit to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.
Enjoy Barcelona to the fullest with this guided morning tour, featuring the best of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol and much more.
Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.
This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance, no queues.
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