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Best museums in Barcelona for art lovers

5+1 Barcelona art museums you shouldn’t miss

Barcelona is art. Art is here represented in many ways: open-air sculptures, monuments, buildings, art galleries, museums… If you are an art lover and art is one of your passions, you need to visit our best Barcelona art museums. It’s a fascinating way to understand our culture through any of the main art disciplines: painting, sculpture, photography… Today we share with your our favorites.

Favorite art museums in Barcelona: Museum of National Art

These are the top art museums in Barcelona:

Picasso MuseumThe Picasso Museum in Barcelona opened on 1963 and is housed inside 5 medieval mansions of the Born District: a unique setting! This wonderful collection of 4.249 works from the early and late works of Pablo Picasso, is considered the best collection in the world about the training years of the artist. There aren’t many cubist masterpieces in this museum  (most of them are in Paris and NYC), but there’s a story behind every painting that will open up a whole new perspective about who Picasso was and will probably change your way of looking at his paintings forever.

Museums in Barcelona: Miró FoundationMiro Foundation. The Joan Miro Foundation (Fundacio Joan Miro) was conceived by Miró himself and his friend Joan Prats in 1968.  At that moment, Barcelona was not particularly into contemporary art, and they decided to create a new modern building designed by architect Josep Lluis Sert with the idea of opening one of the first contemporary art museums in Barcelona, to promote young artists. The collection offers a complete vision of Miró’s life and works, from the very first sketches to some huge paintings, and learning to decipher his symbols it’s a lot of fun! It’s located on the top of Montjuic hill, far from the city center but with a unique views from the rooftop. Skip the line buying your tickets here.

MNAC. The National Museum Art of Catalunya is the largest museum in the city. It’s situated on the top of Montjuïc Hill, in the Palau Nacional built for the 1929 World Fair. There are 4 main sections: Romanesque, Gothic, XVII to XIX century and first half of XX century. Since there are no shortcuts from one masterpiece to the other, you must go through the whole section once you enter one of them: so plan at least a full morning or afternoon to visit it! (no less than 4 hours for the whole collection). Get your online tickets here.

CaixaForum. It’s far more than a museum but a cultural center with the best temporal exhibitions covering from antique art, modern or contemporary art. It’s located in an old Catalan modernist textile factory designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch and restored by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. Not only worth for the exhibitions but for the building itself. The views from the rooftop are also wonderful. And the exhibits are so interesting that it makes our list of top Barcelona art museums.Barcelona art museums: MNAC

Can Framis – Fundació Vilacasas. Can Framis was also a factory in the 1800s. After years of inactivity, the Fundació Vilacasas decided to refurbish the old building and turn it into a new Contemporary Art Museum. There’s a space for temporary exhibits, but unlike the European Museum of Modern Art in the Born district, there’s a permanent collection of 300 Catalan artists’ works from the 60’s to nowadays.

But wait! What about the MACBA? is it worth it?


So what about you? Head to the comments below and tells us: are there any other Barcelona art museums you’d like to recommend?


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