Museums in Barcelona, Spain

Museums in Barcelona, Spain

There are many museums to visit in Barcelona. Here is a selection of the best.

Picasso Museum

5 medieval palaces in Montcada street, in the Gothic area, have been joined together to make this Barcelona's most visited museum. There is an open-air terrace café restaurant and the bookshop.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso's life from a young artist until his death is plotted with 3,500 works of his art that make up the permanent collection. His attachment to Barcelona is demonstrated - Picasso spent several of his formative years (1901-06) in Barcelona, and this collection, is particularly strong on his early work.. The museum traces the artist's early years, and is particularly strong on his Blue Period with paintings like The Defenceless, it also displays ceramics and his early works from the 1890s. The second floor shows works from Barcelona and Paris from 1900-1904, with many of his impressionist works. The Portrait of Senyora Canals (1905), from his Pink Period is also on display. Among the later works, painted at Cannes in 1957, are a complex series (Las Meninas), which are studies on Diego Velazquez's masterpiece of the same name.


Fundación Joan Miró

On the hill of Montjuïc, this is one of the great museums in Barcelona. The Miró Foundation was a gift from the artist Joan Miró to his native city and is an exciting showcases of contemporary art. The airy, white building designed by Josep Lluís Sert opened in 1975 and offers an experience in its own right. Among the trees, you will have a stunning view over the city

The work of Miró who throughout his life took a particular interest in the diversity of materials, forms and colours, is well displayed. Miro experimented with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, theatre and tapestry.

Miró himself is buried in the cemetery on Montjuïc's southern slopes. When he died in 1983, the Catalans gave him a send-off amounting to a state funeral.


Fundación Antoni Tàpies

Near to Passeig de Gràcia, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created by the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies in 1984 to promote the study and understanding of modern art and culture. You will find works from all periods in the development of Antoni Tàpies as a painter. There is also a library devoted to literature on the art and artists of our century. The foundation is housed in a building by the modernista Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The roof terrace in particular is worth a visit.


Fundación Mies van der Rohe

At Montjuic you can visit the Barcelona Pavilion, a work of the Modernista Movement. The Foundation Mies van der Rohe was launched in 1983 by the Barcelona City Hall to reconstruct the German Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. The museum today will enlighten you not only about Mies van der Rohe as an architect, but also offers much on contemporary architecture and urban planning.


MNAC (Catalan National Art Museum) Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Catalan National Art Museum is housed in a magnificent palace overlooking the fountains of Montjuich at Palau Nacional from a perch on Parc de Montjuïc. You will found there Catalan works dating back to Romanesque and Gothic periods and continuing through to the Renaissance period. The museum also houses an extraordinary collection of almost complete mountain churches from the area that ahve been rescued from decay and rebuilt inside the museum.


CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona

Exhibitions and contemporary art events like music, dance, courses, debates, lectures. Found next to Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona


MAM (Museum of Modern Art)

The Museum is located in the Ciudadella park, the collection is devoted to Catalan art from the mid 19th century to early 20th century. The collection has works of Fortuny, Russiñol, Casas..


MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Located in the El Raval area. The building opened in 1995, and by the the architect Richard Meier, combines straight lines and curves in a continuous dialogue between the interior spaces and the light outside. MACBA is dedicated to works from the second half of the 20th century. There is a permanent collection and interesting temporary exhibitions depending on the season..


Fundación Caixa Catalunya / La Pedrera

Exhibition in Gaudí's La Pedrera building.


Fundación La Caixa / Casa Macaya

Exhibition centre in a modernist building La Casa Macaya, by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.


CaixaForum / Casa Ramona
The CaixaForum is a cultural centre belonging to the Fundació "La Caixa", is housed in the Modernist Casa Ramona, the former textile factory designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, with a new main entrance by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. It houses exhibitions throughout the year ranging from Old Master like Rodin, through to Turner and contemporary artists.

Museum of the History of Barcelona

You can learn about the progression of Barcelona from Roman times through the Middle Ages to the present day. Within the museum you can see part of the original Roman foundations of the city and part of the walls which surrounded the city.


Museum of the History of Catalonia

To understand Catalonian history and identity. The museum is located in the Palau de Mar, the former General Stores, the sole building of Barcelona's Old Port still standing.


Frederic Marès Museum

Frederic Marès, the founder of this museum was a sculptor, historian, and a teacher. Located in the Gothic Quarter, this museum is an importany collection of Hispanic sculpture from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries.


Museo Marítimo - Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is located in the medieval Drassanes Reials (Royal shipyards) of Barcelona, the largest civilian gothic building in the world - almost more like a cathedral than a shipyard. The museum tells thestory of Barcelona's interaction with the sea.

Gaudí Casa-Museu

Gaudí lived with his niece from 1906 to 1926 in this pink, Alice-in-Wonderland house, now a house museum. Exhibits include Gaudí-designed furniture, decorations, drawings, and portraits and busts of the architect.


Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música (Music Palace) is a Barcelona landmark with polychrome ceramic ticket windows on the Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in 1908, it is today considered the flagship of Barcelona's Moderniste architecture. You can go to a concert or take a tour of the hall


The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
This is the only museum in Europe devoted exclusively to Pre-Columbian cultures. Housed in a gothic palace, its fine collection gives visitors an insight into the earliest cultures on the American continent. It includes wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, jade. The collection is structured around peoples who inhabited the country before the arrival of the Spanish. The cultures represented include the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca civilisations.


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