Museums in Barcelona

November 16th 2022
Carla Bonifaz
Museums in Barcelona

A museum is more than a building, many of them are art exhibits themselves. It is a space that tells a special story, a place that houses events lost in time, an enclosure that as you walk through, you get caught in every corner.

For lovers of culture, museums, exhibitions and galleries, Barcelona has more than one very good option that offers to get lost for a moment in a world full of art.

We invite you to make a different plan and visit the museums of Barcelona. We leave you some options that you will not regret and we also tell you which days you can enter for free:


The Picasso Museum

One of the most visited and favorite of many. This museum is located in the narrow streets of the Born neighborhood. Picasso was brilliant, visiting a museum dedicated to him is undoubtedly a must.

The infrastructure alone is captivating. The collection consists of more than 3500 works of the famous artist, distributed throughout 5 medieval palaces that make up the museum. Visiting it not only allows you to know the privileged hand of Picasso, but also takes you back in time and shows you the essence of the center of Barcelona.

This museum offers free tickets on Thursday afternoons, you must enter the website and make a reservation online, but we recommend you do it in advance because they always run out!


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Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA)

Located in the heart of the historic center of the city, the Raval. The architect Richard Meier thought of an urban revolution when he designed this museum because of the relationship he wanted to create between building and environment. In addition, his main intention was to bathe the works on display through the natural light that enters through the large glass facade. Inside are works made during the second half of the twentieth century.

It has obtained the recognition of museum of national interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya, so it is one of the must-see.  

Every Saturday, from 16:00 h the entrance is free to the exhibitions and permanent exhibition. You must enter their website to get tickets.


The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

Located inside the monumental National Palace of Montjuïc built for the International Exposition of 1929, this museum reigns over the mountain of Montjuic and has a favored view of Barcelona.

It features Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance works of art, one of the largest collections in the world. During the visit you get lost in the uniqueness of every detail of the building.

The space known as the Oval Room is exquisite: spacious, bright, definitely wonderful!  And the cherry on top is to get to the terrace from where you can admire the green of the mountain and the spectacular view of the city.

On Saturdays from 15:00 the entrance is free, but you must enter their website to download the tickets.


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Joan Miró Foundation

The works of the Catalan artist Joan Miró find place in this enclosure where art, architecture and landscape come together to house this exhibition of contemporary art composed of more than 14,000 pieces including sculptures, prints, drawings, paintings and textiles. 

The museum was designed by his friend and architect Josep Lluís Sert, is located in Monjuic, and is part of a museum and art circuit along with the Barcelona Pavilion and Cosmocaixa.

In addition to works by Miró, there are also works by other great artists such as Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, Pierre Matisse, Manuel de Muga, Josep Lluís Sert, among others.


The Maritime Museum

The shipyards were buildings where ships were built and repaired. This museum rises on the building of the royal shipyards, facing the Mediterranean.

Visiting its collection you can enjoy the special connection between Barcelona and the Sea, through the exhibition of ships and boats.

This is one of the oldest museums in Barcelona and has been declared a museum of national interest.

On Sundays from 3pm you can visit the museum for free. You can get tickets at the museum's ticket office as online purchase is not available.


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