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Guide to the Best Barcelona Museums

Welcome to Barcelona, a city brimming with vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and a rich history that's waiting to be explored.

As you wander through the city's quaint cobblestone streets and gaze at the awe-inspiring Gaudi buildings, don't forget to soak up some art and history in the world-class museums in Barcelona.

The museums in Barcelona offer a unique glimpse into the past and present of this beautiful city and its people. Visiting each of them is like going on a time-travel adventure. Plus, who wouldn't want to see Picasso's masterpieces up close or visit the impressive Gaudí buildings? So buckle up as we take you on a tour of some must-visit museums in Barcelona!

Barcelona’s best museums


Museu Picasso

Nestled in the trendy district of El Born, this museum is a must-visit for art lovers. The Museu Picasso houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso with over 4,000 works exhibited.

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Located on Montjuïc Hill, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) is home to a vast collection of Romanesque church paintings and Catalan Art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The walk to the museum from Plaza España is wonderful and offers impressive views of the city’s skyline.

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The Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA) boasts an impressive collection of art from the second half of the 20th century and has a fantastic location in the heart of Raval district. The permanent collection, Poetic Intention, offers a wonderful space for reflection and criticism around art.

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FC Barcelona Museum

If you're a football fan, your trip to Barcelona would be incomplete without a visit to the Barça Museum. Located within the legendary Camp Nou stadium, here you can dive into the rich history of one of the best soccer teams in the world, explore its glorious past and get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes. We recommend the experience that includes the museum and Stadium Tour.

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Sagrada Família

This architectural wonder, designed by Antoni Gaudí, is not just a church but also a museum that tells a captivating tale of history, art, and spirituality. The Sagrada Familia Museum provides an in-depth look at Gaudí's vision and the ongoing construction work on this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll find original sketches, models, and photographs that showcase the evolution of this masterpiece over more than a century.

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Casa Batlló

With its whimsical façade and imaginative interiors, this is another of the most emblematic works by Gaudí. The house looks like it has been made from skulls (the balconies) and bones (supporting pillars), earning it the local nickname "House of Bones". Beyond its stunning architecture, the building is a showcase of Gaudi's innovative use of light, color, and form to create spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional.

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Casa Milà

If you're a fan of Gaudi's work, your next stop should definitely be Casa Milá, another one of his architectural gems. Known locally as "La Pedrera" or the stone quarry, Casa Milá is a testament to Gaudi's innovative and unique style. This building located in Passeig de Gràcia doesn't have any straight lines - everything is curved and undulating, just like nature itself.

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Fundació Joan Miró

This museum, also located on Montjuïc Hill, showcases a comprehensive collection of Joan Miró’s work: over 14.000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and textiles mostly donated by himself. The building, designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert, is inspired by the traditionally Mediterranean white houses and offers breathtaking views over Barcelona.

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Moco Museum

The newest addition to the city’s museum list, this museum is home to a vast collection of works from some of the most renowned contemporary artists. Here, you'll find pieces from Banksy, Basquiat, KAWS, and many more. The Moco Museum is not your typical art museum; it's a place where traditional boundaries are pushed and where you can truly immerse yourself in the vibrant world of contemporary art.

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Museu d’Història de Barcelona

The Museum of History of Barcelona offers an insight into Barcelona's rich history from Roman times to present day. It has several locations across Barcelona with its main center under Plaça del Rei, where you can wander around Barcino, the roman Barcelona, and contemplate the underground remains of the old city.

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Step inside CaixaForum and you'll find a wide range of exhibitions, from art to archaeology, cinema to science. This museum hosts temporary exhibitions featuring works from renowned national and international artists. Plus, they offer workshops and guided tours, so you can really get the most out of your visit.

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Nestled in the heart of Barcelona, this dynamic cultural hub is where art meets society. It's not just an exhibition space; it's a vibrant platform for dialogue, research, and understanding contemporary culture in its many forms. From visual arts to literature, from film to performing arts, from transmedia storytelling to debates on current issues - CCCB has got it all!

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Tips for visiting the Barcelona museums

To make the most out of your museum-hopping experience in Barcelona, here are some insider tips you might find useful.

  • Best times to visit

Generally, weekdays are less crowded than weekends, especially during the morning hours. If you're not a fan of large crowds, try to plan your visit on a weekday.

Also, remember that many museums in Barcelona offer free entry on certain days or times. For example, the MNAC, MUHBA, CCCB and Museu Picasso are free on the first Sunday of the months. Many of the museums also offer free entrance one afternoon per week, so be sure to plan your visits in advance and you could get almost everywhere for free.

  • Special discounts or offers

Keep an eye out for special discounts or offers as these can significantly cut down your expenses. Many museums offer reduced prices for students, seniors, and large groups. There are also tourist cards and sightseeing bus tickets that provide free entry or discounts to many city attractions including museums.

Lastly, if you're planning to visit multiple museums, consider getting a museum pass which allows unlimited visits to a number of museums within a certain period.

Your best accommodation to visit the Barcelona museums

After a fun but surely exhaustic journey through the best museum of Barcelona, you will find the best of rest at the chic&basic hotels in Barcelona, our boutique hotels in the city centre with a wide range of services including buffet breakfast, restaurants with local gastronomy and 24h reception. If you need any help booking your tickets to the Barcelona museums, do not hesitate to ask for your help!

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