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Museums in Barcelona

With a large number of museums, Barcelona is considered to have one of the richest cultures in Europe. Discover the city’s best museums and art galleries:

Our three favorite museums

  • Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (MNAC) Housed in Montjuïc Castle, the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Catalan visual art) is one of the main museums in Barcelona and is renowned in all of Spain.
  • Museo Picasso de Barcelona The Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) features 3,500 works of art by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It contains the Cubist artist’s largest collection in the world.
  • Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno Barcelona’s Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (European Museum of Modern Art) features and promotes twentieth and twenty-first century figurative art. It is located in the heart of the city, in the Born “barrio”.

Other interesting museums

  • Museo de Historia de Cataluña The Museu d’història de Catalunya (Museum of History of Catalonia) in Barcelona reflects the history of Catalonia up to the end of the twentieth century.
  • Fundación Joan Miró The Fundació Joan Miró (Joan Miró Foundation) features modern art and commemorates the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Joan Miró. It is among the three most visited museums in Barcelona.
  • Museo Plaza del Rey The Museu d’Història de Barcelona MUHBA (Barcelona City History Museum) reflects the history of Barcelona since its foundation until the Middle Ages and includes interesting archeological excavations.
  • Museo Frederic Marès) The Museu Frederic Marès is housed in a striking palace. It features the art and sculpture collection that was donated by Frederic Marès, a rich Spanish sculptor and collector.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) features mid-twentieth century modern art.
  • Museo del Modernismo de Barcelona The Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona (Museum of Modernist Barcelona) is specialized in Catalan Modernism. It is located in an old warehouse in a Modernist building in the neighborhood of Eixample.
  • Museo Egipcio de Barcelona Although it is rather small, the Museu Egipci de Barcelona (Egyptian Museum in Barcelona) offers extremely interesting exhibitions on Egyptian art and culture.
  • Museo Blau The Museu Blau (Blau Museum) is part of the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona. It is located in the Forum Park and is a great museum for children.

Other museums in Barcelona

  • Museo del Chocolate The Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum) reflects the history of chocolate and includes several edible chocolate works of art. Even the entrance tickets are made out of chocolate!
  • Casa Museo Gaudí The Gaudí House Museum is located in Antoni Gaudí’s former house, where he lived from 1906 to 1925. It features a collection of furniture and objects designed by Gaudí and his assistants.  
  • Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona The CCCB – Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is one of the most visited cultural centers in Barcelona. It is housed in the renovated Casa de la Caritat.
  • Fundación Antoni Tàpies The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is a museum and cultural center that promotes the study and knowledge of Contemporary and Modern Art.
  • Museo de Cera de Barcelona The Museu de Cera (Wax Museum) has over 200 wax figures that represent some of the most famous people in the world.
  • Museo de Ideas e Inventos de Barcelona (MIBA) Located in the heart of Barcelona, the Museu d’Idees I Invents del Barcelona (MIBA) is dedicated to the world of ideas. Its main purpose is to motivate its visitors to be creative.

Ways to save when purchasing entry tickets

Check out our article on ways to save money when traveling to Barcelona, as it includes information on the various tourist passes: