Private Barcelona Art Tour
AN ART-CENTERED BARCELONA MUSEUM TOUR
The secrets of the city museums revealed for you
Are you an art lover? Are you passionate about a Picasso and Miro? Or maybe have a strong interest in a specific art period (Roman times, Middle Ages, Modernism…)? Do you hate wasting your time with audioguides that have too many fillers and don’t go straight to the point? Do you know how much difference it makes to have your own private guide when visiting a museum?
From skipping the (often long) lines, to bringing the paintings alive, to making sure you don’t miss any of the museum masterpieces, to answering all your questions. Having your own private museum guide totally enlightens your visit, makes it more time-efficient and definitely way more informative, fun and personal than an audioguide would do.
Come exploring the best Barcelona museums with us! One single museum or your own choice of museums.
EXAMPLES OF OUR FAVORITE ART TOURS IN BARCELONA:
PICASSO MUSEUM -- 1.5 hours
Located in a pedestrian alley of the Born district, occupying 5 medieval mansions, this museum will show you the Picasso you didn’t know about: his early years in Málaga, La Coruña and Barcelona, and his beginnings in Paris (from the Blue Period to the start of the Cubism). The end of the museum is dedicated to Las Meninas series – a wonderful exponent of the end of the life of the artist.
After visiting this museum, you’ll have a more solid background to understand the other works by Picasso from a new point of view.
MIRO FOUNDATION -- 1.5 hours
Contrarily to the Picasso Museum, that focuses in some specific periods of the life of the artist, the Miró Foundation allows you to follow the evolution of the painter and see how he approached different topics throughout his life.
Learn how to identify and interpret Miró’s cosmic symbolism, so you can enter his surrealist world full of stars, planets and birds.
MNAC MUSEUM — 1.5 to 4 hours
The Museum of National Art of Catalonia is a paradise for art lovers that are fascinated by the silence and beauty of museums. Its collection covers the last 1000 years of Catalan art, from Romanesque frescoes to the early Vanguards. Visiting the entire museum takes at least 4 hours (with a coffee break before switching to the upper floor), but it’s also possible to visit only one of its main sections:
ROMANESQUE COLLECTION -- 1.5 to 2 hours
The Romanesque collection is the jewel of the MNAC: the largest collection of Romanesque frescoes in the world, saved from sacking by being carefully pulled out of their original locations in small churches up the Pyrenees and being put back into their new homes in the MNAC – exact plaster replicas of the architectural structures where they had been originally painted.
While visiting this part of the museum on your own can feel a bit boring since at a first sight all the paintings might seem them same, with your guide you’ll get to discover what makes them unique, what is the story behind them and how to interpret their rich symbolism.
GOTHIC, RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE -- 1.5 to 2 hours
The other side of the street level of the museum hides another gem: the masters of the Catalan Gothic. Hundreds of magnificent altarpieces allow you to follow the evolution of art transitioning from the basic inexpressive strokes of Romanesque into the delicate lines of Gothic. Here also there are lots of symbolism and stories to be discovered, that you’ll miss out without a guide pointing at them for you.
Renaissance and Baroque are mostly represented by private collections donated to the museum, and they include Italian and Flemish names you’ll definitely recognize.
1700, 1800 and early 1900’s -- 2 to 3 hours
The upper floor of the museum is entirely dedicated to modern art. Learn about the transformation that the local society was suffering and how that translated into art. What were the artists that paved the path for the development of Modernism, and who played leading roles then. You’ll also be able to follow the evolution towards the first Vanguards, including a few works by Picasso and Dali.
This part of the collection is not only focused on paintings, but it also has a beautiful array of sculpture worth mentioning, and one of the best collections of vintage furniture in Barcelona, including some Gaudi designs.
WHY THESE ARE THE BEST ART TOURS IN BARCELONA
✓ Skip lines everywhere. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
✓ Our guides are the perfect knowledgeable companion to spend a few hours in the top museums in town.
✓ Choose your favorite local art museums.
✓ And much more, in a private art museum tour just for you and your party!
ART TOURS FAQ
- OUR ART TOURS IN BARCELONA RUN: Tuesday thru Sunday.
PICASSO MUSEUM: Tours are forbidden on Sunday afternoon and the first Sunday of each month.
NOT AVAILABLE: Monday – closing day of most museums in town.
- TOUR LENGHT: 4 hours.
- RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME:
– MORNING TOURS: 10AM (9AM to 10AM if you are visiting the Picasso Museum)
– AFTERNOON TOURS: 1PM to 2PM (or upto 4 PM, depending on your chosen museums and date of the tour).
- WHERE DO WE MEET? Your accommodation or by the first museum in your itinerary, your choice.
- WHERE DO WE END? At the last art museum in your itinerary.
- IS THERE A LUNCH STOP? No. You are welcome to book one extra hour to allow for a lunch stop on tour.
- HOW DO WE MOVE AROUND? Depending on your chosen art museums, we might be able to walk between them or a taxi ride might be required. Same applies when the tour starts at your accommodation.
- IS THIS A SKIP-THE-LINE TOUR? Yes! Our guides are licensed and entitled to skip lines and give explanations inside all sites.
TRAVELERS THAT TOOK OUR BARCELONA MUSEUM TOUR SAY:
TAILOR YOUR BARCELONA ART TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
This tour is designed for adults that consider themselves museum lovers, could spend hours in a museum and appreciate all the knowledge and insights only a private guide can give them there.
Not in our list? No problem! Contact us and we’ll be happy to organize a private tour of your favorite Barcelona Museum.
If you want to visit a museum, but not spend a whole morning or afternoon there, we recommend you book any of our sightseeing tours: some of them already take you to the Picasso Museum or the Miró Foundation, or you can just add one or two extra hours to any of our tours so there is time to visit the museum of your choice. We can also custom an itinerary that includes one museum plus one or two more sites or areas. Contact us letting us know what do you have in mind.
If you are traveling with kids, even if our guides can make a museum visit enjoyable for them, a museum-only tour is likely to be too much for them. Kids need outdoors and variety. Consider visiting only one museum, then spending the rest of your tour visiting other sites that are more kid-friendly.
If you have walking issues, take into account that inside most local museums seating opportunities are rare. Be prepared to stand up, walk to the next room, stand up… Consider bringing your own travel foldable stool to use during the tour.
If you are on a wheelchair, most museums are accessible although some might require a detour in order to use elevators when needed.
If you’d like to have a longer tour, feel free to add extra hours to your tour so you can visit more things (either museums or sites).
If you are interested in Salvador Dali, check out our Dali Day Trips.
If you are also booking a Montserrat tour, make sure to ask your guide to take you to the Montserrat art museum!
This is a 100% private art tour, exclusive for you and your party. There is a base rate total per tour (no matter how many people you are), plus a per person rate to cover the entrance fees.
BASE RATE (paid once per tour):
1 MUSEUM ONLY1.5-HR TOUR
Highlights of One Museum
Licensed Tour Guide
100% walking tour
1 MUSEUM IN DETAIL2-HR TOUR
One Museum in Depth
Licensed Tour Guide
100% walking tour
THIS TOUR IS4-HR TOUR
2 Museums or Full MNAC
Licensed Tour Guide
100% walking tour
ADDITIONAL PER PERSON FEES, PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
– MNAC Museum: (€12/person)
– Miró Foundation: (€13/person)
– Picasso Museum: (€12/person)
– Museum of History: (€7/person)
– Museum of Modernism: (€10/person)
* Costs are given as an orientation only, as they can change without notice. Discounts might apply at the museums for students and/or seniors.