Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, it is one of the most popular Spanish tourist destinations. This is not only due to the warm climate, the beautiful beaches or the historical architecture that can be found in Barcelona.
In fact, Barcelona is home to a multitude of historical museums that attract people from all over the world each year. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of Catalonia, Spain and beyond.
Here is our list of some of the must-visit museums in the city.
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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is one of the best known and most popular museums in Barcelona. Located in a Neo-Baroque palace, this museum houses the largest collection of frescoes in the world. The collections span a period that begins in the 11th century with the Romanesque period and continues until the Baroque movement of the 18th century. The Gothic and Renaissance periods are not left out.
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is not only the pillar of artistic promotion in Catalonia, but in several aspects it is at the forefront of the world. In particular, the collection of Romanesque art has earned it international recognition, considered by experts as one of the most complete in the world. It should also be noted that since 2004 the MNAC has housed works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, named after one of the largest art collections assembled in the 20th century, dedicated to European art.
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
The Joan Mirò Foundation of Barcelona
The Joan Miró Museum is one of the most important museums in Barcelona. Dedicated to the work of the artist Joan Miró, it has existed since 1975 and houses around 10,000 paintings, drawings and rugs by the artist. This is the largest collection of works by this artist. Among the works on display, we find in particular the famous sculpture “Couple in Love at the Almond Blossom Games”, made by Joan Miró in 1975.
A specially made tapestry by the artist is also part of the exhibition. The museum also stands out for its rooftop, from which you can admire the artist’s sculptures and enjoy a magnificent view of Barcelona. After visiting the museum, you can go to the museum’s cafeteria and library, where you can discover the collection of Joan Miró’s personal books on display.
Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona
Pablo Picasso, perhaps one of the greatest artists of all time, found great inspiration in the city of Barcelona. It is therefore only natural that some of his best works are proudly exhibited at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. More than 4,500 works by this legendary artist are permanently exhibited, and temporary exhibitions and activities are also offered. Picasso put cubism at the forefront of the industry at the turn of the 20th century and everyone, whether a lover of pure art, a painting enthusiast or simply a painter looking for inspiration, will certainly find something exciting there!
The Picasso Museum is undoubtedly one of the best-known museums in Barcelona. The artist lived in Barcelona during the glory years of his career. The museum of the same name has existed since 1963 and allows visitors to enjoy his works.
Carrer de Montcada, 15-23
F.C. Museum Barcelona
A visit to the Camp Nou Museum is a must for any football fan visiting Barcelona! A brilliant display case containing all the team’s trophies, while a giant interactive touch screen giving access to team details after its creation by Joan Gamperin in 1899. It’s an unforgettable experience for all football fans. There is also a special section dedicated to the values of FC Barcelona. “Mes Que Un Club”, the team motto that means “more than a club”, which is defined by four ideals; Catalan identity, universality, social commitment and democratic commitment.
Carrer d’Arístides Maillol, s/n
Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona
The Museum of Fine Arts of Barcelona, also known as the MACBA, houses more than 5,000 works of art by world-renowned artists, such as Antoni Tapies, Cristina Iglesias, Xavier Miserachs, Öyvind Fahlström, etc. Throughout the building you will find spaces dedicated to photography, painting and sculpture. With a diverse and ever-changing exhibit, you’ll be sure to find something new every time you visit.
For those who prefer a more modern twist on art, don’t miss the MACBA. For a closer look at some of the most influential works of art from the mid-20th century onward, there’s no better museum choice. The museum also offers events ranging from seminars to concerts and much more. As well as being Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, it’s well known for hosting loads of skaters and breakdancers in the square outside, which naturally attracts some of the best street artists in the city.
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
Museu Marítim de Barcelona
The museum tells the maritime history of Catalonia through permanent and temporary exhibitions where the visitor can find objects and scenery that show the wealth of heritage. Located in the old Royal Shipyards of Barcelona, it’s a Gothic-style architectural ensemble.
The Barcelona Maritime Museum offers a fascinating look into the history of Spanish shipbuilding between the 13th and 18th centuries. In particular, you will discover how sailors managed to navigate the seas centuries ago and what tools they used then. Many important historical artifacts are on display, including portolans, navigational instruments, and even naval weapons used in warfare at sea.
Av. de les Drassanes, s/n
Enjoy any of these amazing museums of your choice and we are sure your day will be outstanding! Remember to book our Gaudi eBike Tour to make your experience complete!