Between tapa and tapa, and among evenings having drinks in a terrace and days at the beach, we’re sure you will find some time to spend in the best museums in Barcelona. The city of Barcelona has a lot to offer, but sometimes its museums are overlooked, hidden in the long shadows casted by its beautiful monuments and the Gaudí houses. However, there are so many interesting exhibits of all kinds waiting for you to take a look at them and learn about art, contemporary and old. We have prepared an extensive list of the best museums in Barcelona, so start adding them to your to-do list!
Best Museums in Barcelona: MACBA
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (the museum of contemporary art of Barcelona), better known as MACBA, is one of the most important museums of the city, as well as an internationally respected institution. Its collection, always expanding, includes works by Antoni Tàpies, Alexander Calder, Joan Brossa and Paul Klee, among others. The building is a contemporary art piece itself, and, besides, it’s in a privileged location in the very heart of Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of El Raval. If you’re not done with the contemporary arts, just around the corner you will find CCCB, the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, where they host all sorts of cinema festivals and where you can visit many interesting exhibits.
Best museums in Barcelona: Picasso Museum
What can we say about Picasso? He was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and he’s one of which Barcelona considers its own – although Malaga and Paris would have something to say about it! In the Picasso Museum, one of the best museums in Barcelona and the most visited in the city, you will be able to see works from his early years, as well as ceramics and exhibits about his life and his travels. The focus of the museum is on Picasso’s Blue Period, but there are also important works from his Rose Period. A must visit!
Best Museums in Barcelona: Joan Miró Foundation
Catalan artist Joan Miró is one of the most important names of the surrealist movement, with permission of another famous Catalan one, Salvador Dalí. In the mountain of Montjuic you will find the Joan Miró Foundation, where you will see works from all the periods the artist went through, including his works towards the “assassination of painting”, in which he intended to present an alternative to the established painting, which he considered a supported of the bourgeois society. Ceramics, paintings, sculptures and drawings by the artists are shown in this amazing museum – and if you want some more Miró after it, you can visit his sculpture Dona i ocell (woman and bird), located in the Joan Miró park, between Plaza España and Sants station.
Best Museums in Barcelona: MNAC
Many know the Palace of Montjuic as that beautiful building that stands right behind the Magic Fountain. Thousands of tourists go see the spectacle of water and lights that takes place there every summer evening and admire the majestic palace there is behind it, but did you know that it houses one of the best museums in Barcelona? That’s right! There you will find the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, or National Art Museum of Catalonia, best known as the MNAC. There you will be able to see an impressive collection of Romanesque church paintings, as well as Catalan art pieces from movements such as Modernisme and Noucentisme, some of Catalonia’s most important legacy to the art in the world. There is also a Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art collection, but the Romanesque art is truly impressive.
Best Museums in Barcelona: Caixaforum
Right next to the MNAC, right outside the path that comes from the Venetian Towers of Plaza España, there is a beautiful building of red bricks. There you will find the Caixaforum, a very interesting private collection owned by the Caixa. Besides its temporary collections on art and photography, it has a great permanent collection where you will be able to see works by Catalan artists such as Antoni Tàpies or Miquel Barceló. You can also go on a guided tour of the building, the old textile factory Casaramona, of Modernisme style, designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Best Museums in Barcelona: The History Museum
And now, something completely different! In Barcelona you can find many interesting museums, and not all of them are about art. You can visit the Chocolate Museum, the Erotic Museum, the Wax Museum, and the History Museum, the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, the best option if you want to learn all about the past of this fascinating city.