Picasso Museum Barcelona was the first museum in the world dedicated to the artist. It's one of the finest art museums in Barcelona
Picasso Museum Barcelona
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.
The main reason Barcelona was the chosen city to open the first Picasso 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 himself, 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.
Not too far away, you can find other Barcelona monuments such as Palau de la Música, Ciutadella Park and the Barcelona Cathedral.
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).
- Seated man (1969).
- The offering (1908).
- Harlequin (1917).
- Motherhood (1903), and Las Meninas (1957), among many others.
Las Meninas by Picasso
Regarding Las Meninas, Picasso worked on a series of paintings (58 in total), where he recreated and reinterpreted the famous painting by Velázquez.
The whole set is curated in Picasso Museum Barcelona.
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.
This tour 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
Other museums in Barcelona
MACBA is one of the finest art museums in Barcelona. Its permanent collection displays only 20th century works and onwards.
Joan Miró Foundation
The Joan Miro Foundation opened in 1975. Along Picasso Museum, is the only museum in Barcelona dedicated to just one artist.
Camp Nou FC Barça Museum
Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe and home to the FC Barça Museum, one of the best clubs ever.
CosmoCaixa is a museum designed especially for children, dedicated to everything related to science.
It’s the first interactive space in Barcelona dedicated to Gaudí. It features a 4D movie theater and interactive digital screens.