These are the most visited museums classified by number of visitors per year, according to the latest statistics of 2010. Barcelona city has a rich history and is also a very important cultural hub in the Mediterranean region. At the present, there are more than 70 museums in the city, which means that cultural activity plays an important role in Barcelona.
There is a wide range of museums in Barcelona embracing many types of topics, such as art and applied art, science and technology, maritime, sports, Olympics, history, archeology, architecture, and much more. Among the most popular are architecture museums, sports museums, art galleries and history museums.
This is the still unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi, which was consecrated Basilica during the visit of the Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010. Gaudi assumed the responsibility of giving continuity to the project in 1883, which had been started by Francisco de Paula del Villar. Sagrada Família is among the most important Barcelona attractions.
Gaudi worked more than 40 years for this giant project until his death. From all the masters of Modernism, Antoni Gaudi is undoubtedly who most influenced Barcelona with his unique style. The building is considered a Museum Monument and is the most important from all museums in Barcelona. In Sagrada Família you have two museums: the building itself and the inner museum with a very interesting history of the development and constructions of Sagrada Familia, as well as other curious details of the genius. Sagrada Família became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
Daily, Oct-Mar: 9am-6pm / Apr-Sep: 9am-8pm. (Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 and 6: 9am-2pm)
Adults: 13,50 €
(18,00€ with audioguide)
Under 18, students, retired: 11,50€ (15,00€ with audioguide)
Free for: Friends of the Church, children under 10, persons with a 65% disability + 1 accompanying person.
Metro: L2, L5, stop Sagrada Família
The Football Club Barcelona or FC Barcelona, has more than 100 years of successful history and is considered the best team in the world after winning all six titles in 2009, for the first time in the history of football: the Spanish League, the Spanish Cup, the Champions League, the European Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the World Club Cup.
This is the main sport museum in the city and is among the most important Barcelona attractions. It is the second most visited museum of all museums in Barcelona. The fee to the FC Barcelona Museum also includes the visits to the press rooms, the lockers, the Camp Nou stadium at field level and you can take a seat at the tribune and enjoy your time there.
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Mon-Sat, Oct 9-Apr 4: 10am-8pm / Oct 10-Apr 3: 10am-6:30pm. Sundays and public holidays: 10am-2:30pm.
Days of matches in the stadium: 10am-3pm, only Museum (Camp Nou Tour not available).
Adult: 23,00 €
Infants (0 to 5 years): Free
Youth (6 to 13 years): 17 €
Supporters clubs, pensioners and students: 17 €
Large family (need to present documentation): 17 €
Aristides Maillol 12
Metro: L3, stop Maria Cristina
L5, stop Collblanc
Casa Milà, also known as "La Pedrera", is a beautiful Modernist work created by Gaudí. It is an apartment block which is considered a museum monument. The construction of Casa Milà was carried out from 1906 to 1910. The wavy structures of the building will catch your attention, as well as the interior and especially the roof.
There were problems during the construction, because some parts exceeded the allowed dimensions, among other complications. But Mr. Pere Milà, the owner, had an idea and persuaded the city government that the building had a great artistic value. And problems and complications were thus solved! Casa Milà became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Nowadays, Casa Milà belongs to the well known Caixa Catalunya Bank Foundation and is among the most important museums in Barcelona.
Daily, Nov-Feb: 9am-6:30pm / Mar-Oct: 9am-8pm. Jan 1: 11am-6:30pm. (Closed Dec 25, Jan 7 to 13)
Adult: 16,50 €
Infants (0 to 6 years): Free
Youth (7 to 12 years): 8,25 €
Students: 14,85 €
Passeig de Gracia, 92
Metro: L3, L5, stop Diagonal
Also known as "Palau Nacional", the magnificent MNAC was built in 1929 in occasion of the World Fair as the Spanish pavilion. The building, located in Montjuic, houses 1,000 years of art and one of the most important Romanesque collections in Europe. Many Romanesque wall paintings (from old chapels and churches) were taken from their original sites by using very sophisticated and high-tech procedures, and then mounted in the museum exactly as they were.
Though more international, you will also appreciate collections from the Gothic period and also from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as works from extraordinary painters like Zurbaran, El Greco, Velazquez and Rubens, among others. Such works are not found in other museums in Barcelona.
Jan 1-May 31: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
/ Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 3 pm
Jun 1-Sep 30: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm / Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 3 pm
Monday: closed, except public holidays (Apr 9, May 28, Sep 11, Sep 24)
Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Students, unemployed, families, school groups: 30% reduction
People under 16, elderly over 65 and disabled: free
Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc
Tel.: 93 622 03 76
Metro: L1, L3, Pl. Espanya
Tourist Bus: Stop MNAC
FGC (Catalan Trains): Pl. Espanya (all lines)
Bus: 150 (Av. De l'Estadi/Piscines Picornell) - 55 (Museu MNAC/Museu Etnològic) - Pl. Espanya: 9, 27, 30, 37, 56, D20, 65, 79, 109, 165
Pablo Picasso was very tied to Barcelona, where he spent some years, because the family moved to the city in 1895. He moved his studio frequently to different addresses, and through the years he returned several times to Barcelona.
He was a frequent visitor of The Four Cats cafe/restaurant, which was a meeting point of artists. In 1899 he designed the menu for the restaurant. It has been his wish to leave his artistic heritage in Barcelona. Following his desire, the Picasso Museum was opened in 1963 and nowadays houses more than 3,800 works of Picasso, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The Picasso museum has gained a good position among other museums in Barcelona.
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm. (Free: Sundays 3pm-8pm. and First Sunday of every month: 10am-8pm and Open door days: Feb 12, May 18, Sep 24)
Museum + temporary exhibition: 11 €
Temporary exhibition: 6,60 €
Visitors under 25 years old, seniors over 65, unemployed, retired, holders of the Library Network Card, holders of the discount Targeta Rosa (Pink Card), large families: 6 €
Free: Under 16s, over 65s holding the free Targeta Rosa (Pink Card), members of the ICOM and teachers (proof required).
All Sundays free from 3 pm.
First Sunday of each month, free Museum entrance for everybody.
Metro: L4, stop Jaume I
Bus: 17, 40, 45, 19 (Via Laietana) - 39, 51 (Passeig Picasso) - 14, 59 (pla de Palau) - 120 (Princesa)
In 1968 was held the first large retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró in Barcelona. In 1970 was held his first exhibition in Palma de Mallorca, and he made the big ceramic mural at the Barcelona Airport, among other works. Most probably, these facts could have brought him the idea to have a dedicated center to exhibit his works, and according to his wishes, also to host contemporary artworks of other artists.
The Joan Miró Foundation was born and opened to the public in June 1975. Since then, it helped to spread Joan Miró works around the world, as well as artworks from other contemporary artists. The Miró Foundation is now a reference center for the study of contemporary art, and is among the most visited museums in Barcelona.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 - 19.00 (October - June)
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 - 20.00 (July - September)
Thursdays: 10.00 - 21.30
Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 - 14.30
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
25 and 26 December, 1 January: closed
Students age 15-30, elderly over 65, unemployed, adult groups: 7,00€
School groups: 6,00€
Parc de Montjuïc s/n
Tel.: 934 439 470
Metro: 1) L2, L3 stop Paral-lel, then...
Funicular: 2) Funicular from Paral•lel metro station
Tourist Bus: Stop Fundacio Joan Miro
Bus: 150, 55 and 13
The idea to have a contemporary art exhibition center started in the early 60's, when several exhibitions had taken place, and the wishes for a definitive location came out from a group of artists. But the political regime at that time did not play in favor of those wishes, nor to that of some of the exhibitions.
After some years, in 1986 the Barcelona City Council finally decided to start the construction of the building. In 1987 was established the MACBA Foundation, and in 1988 was created the MACBA Consortium, whose members are: the Barcelona City Council, the MACBA Foundation and the Generalitat of Catalonia. Finally, the MACBA opened the doors to the public in November 1995. Though young in the list of museums in Barcelona, the MACBA has a high number of visitors.
Winter — From 25 September to 23 June
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 7.30 pm
Tuesday closed (except public holidays)
Saturdays, 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and public holidays 10am to 3 pm
Closed 25 December and 1 January
Summer — From 24 June to 24 September
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 8 pm
Tuesday closed (except public holidays)
Saturdays, 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and public holidays 10 am to 3 pm
Students and groups over 15: 6,50€
People under 14, over 65 and unemployed: free
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
Tel.: 93 412 08 10
Metro: L1, L2, Universitat - L3, Pl. Catalunya or Liceu
Tourist Bus: Stop Plaça Catalunya
FGC (Catalan Trains): All lines (Pl. Catalunya)
Bus: 24, 41, 55, 64, 91, 120, 141
From all the museums in Barcelona, the MUHBA is perhaps one of the more exciting museums in Barcelona if you want to look back in the history for more than 4,000 years ago.
The Barcelona History Museum, known as "museum of museums", was inaugurated in 1943 and since 1999 is composed by 8 centers, which are spread over the city:
Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm / Sundays: 10am-8pm. Public holidays (Jan 6, May 28, Aug 15, Oct 12, Nov 1, Dec 6, Dec 26): 10am-2pm. (Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24).
Combined ticket for all MUHBA centers
Normal ticket: 7 €
Groups over 10 people: 5 €
Under 25, over 65: 5 €
Free: People under 16, free pink card, ICOM members, Barcelona Card and Museologists´ Associations
Plaza del Rey, s/n
Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3), Urquinaona (L1, L4), Liceu (L3), Jaume I (L4)
Bus: 17, 19, 40, 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic
The building, considered as a museum monument, is also known as "The Bones House". A wonder in the collection of the Modernist Gaudí works. Antoni Gaudí was commissioned by Mr. Josep Batlló to undertake the reforms of his building, which was a middle-class family house built in 1875.
Gaudí made real wonders in this house, which you will appreciate during your visit. It is not a coincidence that Casa Batlló is among the most visited museums in Barcelona. There are many beautiful details, outside and inside, that are impossible to describe. Casa Batlló became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
General: 20,35 €
Groups + 20 persons: 17,30 €
Students / Youth Card / Pensioners / Residents in Catalonia: 16,30 €
Children under 7 years old: Free
Passeig de Gracia, 43
Metro: L3, L2, L4, stop Passeig de Gracia
Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
Tourist Bus: stop Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies
RENFE Train: stop Passeig de Gràcia
FGC Train: stop Provença
With more than 700 years of history, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona is located in the building of the Royal Dockyards. The shipyards were built as an array of galleys at the service of the Crown of Aragon.
The Gothic style building dates back to 1243 and is flanked in one side by the only remains of the medieval walls of Barcelona. The museum also owns some old boats and vessels that operate perfectly. You can visit them in the old Port of Barcelona when they are not in service.
Museum : Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm / Closed on Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 and 6.
Ship Sta. Eulalia: April-October > Tue-Fri: 10am-7:30pm; Sat: 2pm-7:30pm; Sun and holidays: 10am-7:30pm; Sailing on Sat: 10am-1pm
November-March > Tue-Fri: 10am-5:30pm; Sat, Sun and holidays: 10am-5:30pm. Sailing on Mon: 10am-1pm
Museum: 2,50 €
Ship Sta. Eulalia: 1,00€
Discounts for children (7-16 y.o.) and students (up to 24 y.o.): Museum: 1,25€. Free for children under 7.
Ship Sta. Eulalia: free
Discounts for elderly (+ 65 y.o.) and unemployed: Museum: 1,25€
Ship Sta. Eulalia: free
Museum: Avda. de las Drassanes s/n
Ship Sta. Eulalia: Moll de Bosch i Alsina (Moll de la Fusta)
Tel.: 933 429 920
Metro: L3, stop Drassanes
Tourist Bus: Stop Colom-Museu Maritim
Bus: 14, 18, 36, 38, D20, 59, 64 and 91
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