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 has the distinction for having the largest number of Picasso art pieces in the world.
Not only is the largest football stadium in Spain, but Camp Nou it’s also the largest in Europe. It’s home to the FC Barcelona, one of the most successful football clubs in the world.
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. Since then, MACBA has become a huge landmark at the Raval neighborhood and a favorite place for skaters in Barcelona.
The Joan Miro Foundation opened in 1975. Along Picasso Museum, is the only museum in town dedicated to just one artist.
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. It features an exciting 4D movie theater, interactive digital screens and much more.
Other recommended museums in Barcelona
This is a list of other important museums in Barcelona you can’t miss:
- The National Art Museum of Catalonia MNAC, an outstanding collection of catalan art.
- 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.
- Barcelona Wax Museum.
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 although 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.
Remember that the Art Ticket (30€) gives you free acces 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
- Picasso Museum
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.
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