Barcelona - The world mecca of art museumsCulture 08/11/2023
Barcelona is a global benchmark for art museums, with a vibrant variety of exhibitions to satisfy all art enthusiasts.
The Catalan capital is home to some of the most impressive works of art in history, and its museums and galleries celebrate the region's many creative geniuses, but also offer impressive temporary exhibitions.
What are the most important and visited art museums in Barcelona?
The Picasso Museum
C/ de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
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The Picasso Museum of Barcelona, founded in 1963, exhibits practically all of Picasso's significant works and explores his connection with Barcelona with a collection of more than 3,500 works by the Malaga painter in the multiple media he tackled, the most complete in the world in works by his youth.
Visit during lunchtime or just before last entry to avoid the waiting lines, or buy your tickets online in advance, here.
National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC)
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona
The National Museum of Art of Catalonia, popularly known by its acronym MNAC , is located in the National Palace, Sants-Montjuïc district, Barcelona. It stands out for its collection of Romanesque art, considered one of the most complete in the world. Its objective is to illustrate 1000 years of artistic heritage of Catalonia and Spain. It is also worth a visit for its impressive architecture. From its roof you can see the Fundació Miró, the Olympic Stadium and the Montjuic gardens.
The Moco Museum
C/ de Montcada, 25, 08003 Barcelona
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The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, better known as the Moco Museum . A museum whose objective is to bring art closer to the young public. That is why the museum is full of very attractive and photographable rooms and spaces, perfect for visiting the museum as a family. Kids will love it.
It opens its doors for the first time in 2021, after its success in Amsterdam and is located in a medieval palatial setting, the Cervelló Palace, next to the Picasso Museum.
The Miró Museum
Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona
The Joan Miró Foundation is a cultural institution in Barcelona that guards some of the most representative works of the Catalan painter Joan Miró in his hometown. It contains more than 104,000 pieces including paintings, sculptures and tapestries. Various exhibitions of other contemporary artists are also offered.
The Fundació opened to the public on June 10, 1975 and, since then, it has been a dynamic space in which the art of Joan Miró coexists with the most contemporary artistic creation.
The Caixa Forum
de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona
CaixaForum is a cultural center managed by the "la Caixa" Foundation and created in 2002. Located on the Montjuïc mountain (Barcelona) and occupies the building of the old Casaramona, a modernist-style factory designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch at the beginning of the 20th century as a textile factory and later rehabilitated for its new use as a cultural center.
CaixaForum Barcelona offers an extensive program of exhibitions and cultural and educational activities aimed at all audiences.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona
The MACBA , Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona is dedicated to the exhibition of art and contemporary cultural practices. It is located in the El Raval neighborhood of the city of Barcelona. Works by Spanish and Catalan artists are continually exhibited and its collection covers art from the second half of the 20th century to today.
MEAM, European Museum of Modern Art
Carrer de la Barra de Ferro, 5, 08003 Barcelona
Image courtesy: MEAM
The European Museum of Modern Art opened in June 2011 in the Ribera neighborhood of the city of Barcelona, very close to the Picasso Museum, becoming the first museum of contemporary figurative art in Spain.
The MEAM is a living museum in permanent movement: Exhibitions, Concerts, Theatre, Painting and Sculpture Courses, Workshops for children... It promotes figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It exhibits modern paintings created by current international artists and sculpture collections.
Without a doubt, these museums offer visitors a unique cultural experience, which with their fantastic artistic collections provide art lovers with an unrepeatable cultural experience.