The most famous museum in Barcelona is the Museu Picasso of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. The top museum consisting of five adjacent palaces is located in the neighbourhood El Born and has over 4,000 works by the artist. Prepare your visit as there are long queues.
Best museums of Barcelona
Looking for a museum in Barcelona Spain? Barcelona offers a very wide selection of museums and galleries. Art lovers can get their fill in the city's most popular museum, the famous Picasso Museum or in the Fundacio Joan Miró, another great Barcelona artist. For historical art, you should visit the MNAC. To visit modern art museums, go to the MEAM or the MACBA. Modernist buildings such as Hospital de Sant Pau, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are highlights in and of themselves. There are Barcelona museums of all shapes and sizes; covering anything from science, to history, and chocolate to maritime history. An overview of some of the cultural highlights and museums of Barcelona:
The hill Montjuïc has the museum of the famous painter and sculptor Joan Miró. With his surrealist style, he is one of the greatest artist in the history of Barcelona. Miró himself commissioned the construction of this museum.
The Palau Nacional housing the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is located on the hill of the Montjuïc. A top museum with a large collection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and modern art. You can also go there for the amazing panorama.
CosmoCaixa is Barcelona's science museum. In this science museum, people of all ages can marvel at many science experiments, geological walls, and several interesting terrariums. This top museum even has a mangrove forest.
The old 'Hospital de Sant Pau' has been open to visitors for a few years now. This gem of Barcelona is the best example of Catalan Modernism and was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) is a museum of figurative art in Barcelona Spain. You will be amazed at the paintings that are almost indistinguishable from actual photographs. Great to combine with a visit to the Picasso museum across the street.
The Museu Maritim de Barcelona tells about the maritime history of Barcelona. It's located near the Columbus statue in the former Royal shipyard.
The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is a museum for modern art with mostly works by Spanish and Catalan artists from the 1950s onwards.
The MUHBA, or Museu d'Historia de Barcelona is the history museum that tells the history of the city and is located on the Plaça del Rei behind the cathedral.
Part of the Camp Nou Experience tour is a visit to the FC Barcelona museum with all the major trophies the football club has won.
Moco Museum Barcelona houses a stunning collection of modern and contemporary art in the former noble residence, Palacio Cervelló. Moco is proud to bring our evolving collection – from proven masters Basquiat, Banksy & KAWS to rising talent and digital immersive art – to art enthusiasts worldwide.
El Poble Espanyol means 'Spanish village' and is an open-air museum on Montjuïc hill. Many famous houses from Spain have been recreated in this village
The World of Banksy
For the first time in Barcelona, The World of Banksy will take you on an enchanting journey with the master of street art. More than 100 works in a new venue in central Barcelona. The different works of the artist are divided into 2,000 square meters, divided into 3 floors, where each floor represents a country: United Kingdom, France and the United States. Don’t wait any longer and prepare your visit!
The Museu de la Xocolata tells the history of Barcelona using chocolate and cacao; chocolate sculptures and tasting chocolate.
Because of the outside that is reminiscent of a 'stone quarry', this building is also called 'La Pedrera'. Casa Mila is one of Gaudi's most famous designs. This apartment complex can be visited and has an exhibit on the top floor.
In the heart of the district of Eixample is the museum about Egypt and the pharaohs. With over 2,000 m2, the Museu Egipci has a private collection with over 1,000 objects, making it one of the largest of such museums in Spain or even Europe.
Casa Museu Gaudi
Museu d'Història de Catalunya
In an old warehouse in the harbour of Port Vell , lies the museum about Catalonia's history. Why the Catalan people want to be independent from Spain becomes clear in this museum.
The 'Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport' is an interactive museum on the history of (Spanish) sports and the Olympics.
This natural history museum is located in a modern Forum building. Here you can view many taxidermy animals, fossils, and minerals to learn more about the history of life on earth.
Fundació Antoni Tapies
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was founded by the eponymous painter and artist. In addition to works by Antoni Tapies himself, this modernist building also displays works of other modern artists.
The CaixaForum is an art gallery and exhibition centre located at the base of the Montjuïc hill. This CaixaForum has many varying exhibits.
Mercat El Born
This 'Mercat' brings together three centuries of Barcelona. The fine, cast-iron building of the 19th century market hall is an iconic building in El Born's streets. Underneath the market hall, there's an archaeological dig from 1700, which can be viewed with an exhibition on Barcelona around the year 1700.