Picasso is one of the most iconic and universal painters of all times, an artist who needs no introduction. It’s no wonder that Picasso Museum Barcelona was the first of its kind when it opened in 1963, and the first museum ever dedicated to the artist while he was still alive.
To begin with, the main reason why Barcelona was chosen for his first museum, was due to the fact that Picasso had a strong connection with the city.
The first collection was assembled by his long-serving secretary, who had gathered over 500 works donated by Picasso, in agreement with the Barcelona City Hall.
It’s located in Montcada street, in the heart of El Born neighborhood. As a curiosity, five palaces were joined together in order to build the museum. Nowadays, it’s a museum of national interest.
Picasso Museum collection
The museum exhibits a large permanent collection of his artwork. Among the museum’s highlights you’ll find art pieces such as Minotauromachy (1935), Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruf and cap (1939), Las Meninas (1957), Seated man (1969), The offering (1908), Harlequin (1917) and Motherhood (1903), among many others.
Following Picasso’s footsteps
If you wish to follow Picasso’s footsteps while he lived in Barcelona and learn about his life and artistry, we recommend taking the Picasso Walking Tour & Museum, that will take you to the legendary Els Quatre Gats Café and Carrer Avinyó, where he lived and worked. It also includes entrance to the museum.
Last but not least, the Art Ticket gives you free access to Picasso Museum, as well as five other museums in Barcelona:
- National Art Museum of Catalonia, MNAC
- Fundacion Joan Miro
- Foundation Antoni Tapies
- Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre
Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 – 19:00 hours
Thursdays 9:00 -21:30 hours
How to get to Picasso Museum
Metro: Line 4, Jaume I Station.
Address: Montcada 15-23, 08003