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.
Top Barcelona Museums
The Picasso Museum of Barcelona not only was the first of its kind when it opened in 1963, it was the only museum built dedicated to the artist while Picasso was still alive. Located in the heart of El Born neighborhood, it has the distinction for having the largest number of Picasso art pieces in the world: a total of 3,500 items signed by the Spanish artist.
Famed American arquitect Richard Meier was invited to design the building for the MACBA in 1986, when the foundation for this art institution was created. It was tricky business, as the museum had no collection ready at the time of construction. Since then, MACBA has become a huge landmark at the Raval neighborhood and a favorite place for skaters in Barcelona.
The Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona opened in 1975 and, along Picasso Museum, is the only museum in town dedicated to just one artist. The idea for this building was born from the artist himself, as a guarantee that his work would have an appropriate setting for future generations to come.
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.
Gaudí Experiencia it’s the first interactive space in Barcelona that gathers everything about Gaudi under one same roof, featuring an exciting 4D movie theater, interactive digital screens and much more.
Other recommended museums in Barcelona
Among the list of important museums in Barcelona you just can’t miss, there’s the National Art Museum of Catalonia MNAC, with an outstanding collection of catalan art, the Caixa Forum, featuring exhibits from architecture, art and film, the Barcelona City History Museum or the Museum Maritim (Barcelona Royal Shipyard).
There are also meny peculiar museums in Barcelona such as the Chocolate Museum, the Olympic Sports Museum in Montjuic, the Egyptian Museum, the Barcelona Wax Museum and the Museum of Erotica.
Opening hours and free entrance
Most likely all Barcelona museums open between 9.00 or 10.00 hours and close 18:30-20.00 hours, depending on the season. Normally almost all the museums in Barcelona close on Mondays although be sure to check out before you go visit because other like MACBA close on Tuesdays for instance. All museums close on December 25th, January 1st and January 6th.
People under the age of 18 can usually enter for free to the Barcelona museums (check for each museum individually), and people between 18 and 25 years old pay a reduced entrance.
Remember that the Barcelona Museum Pass (30€) gives you free acces to six 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
- Picasso Museum
Most museums in Barcelona have free access for everyone the first sunday of every month during the whole day and some after 15.00 hours also on Sundays. 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.
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