BARCELONA MUSEUMS TOUR
YOUR BARCELONA ART 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!
100% Private Tour
Skip the Lines
Half Day Tour
Walking & Taxi
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS BARCELONA MUSEUM TOUR
THE TWO MASTERS
PICASSO MUSEUM — 1.5 hours + ride/walk
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 + ride/walk
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.
This museum is located in the Hill of Montjuic and a taxi ride is required to get there.
MNAC IN DEPTH (full visit)
ROMANESQUE COLLECTION — 1 hour
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 hour
The other side of the street level of the museum hiddes 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.
COFFEE BREAK — 15 minutes
Before heading to the upper floor, we’ll take a coffee break at the café of the Oval Room (or weather permitting, in the outdoor café overlooking the city). That’ll allow you to let all the information you’ve received so far sink in, as well as freshen up to prepare for the second part of the tour.
1700, 1800 and early 1900’s — 1 hour 45 minutes
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.
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MUSEUM OF HISTORY
MUSEUM OF MODERNISM
FREDERIC MARES MUSEUM
CONTEMPORARY ART (MACBA)
Possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
AFTERNOON TOURS: 1PM to 2PM (or upto 4 PM, depending on your chosen museums and date of the tour).
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.
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TAILOR THIS 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.
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 budget is an issue or time is short, consider a private 1.5 hour tour of your favorite site, instead.
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!