There is one thing you can be sure of, art is taken quite seriously both within the city itself as well as around the world. You can see artistic influences all over, whether they are on the streets, in the parks, in the Barcelona art galleries or in the Barcelona museums. The city is a paradise for those who love art.
Of course, when many people first think of art in Barcelona, the first thing that may come to their minds is Pablo Picasso. But there are other world famous artists from Barcelona including Salvador Dali and Joan Miro and Barcelona offers museums dedicated to them as well. Let's take a quick look at Barcelona art and how to best appreciate it during your trip.
Visiting the Barcelona Museums
The Pablo Picasso museum is one of the hottest Barcelona attractions. But if you love art, you should also plan to visit the Fundacio Joan Miro in Montjuic which has more than 11,000 works, as well as the Salvador Dali Museum in nearby Figueres. All of these museums have impressive one of a kind collections and will leave you with a greater appreciation of the artists and a deeper understanding of their work.
There are other Barcelona museums that also should be at the top of your list like the CCCB or Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, which highlights Spanish artists but showcases art from all around the world. This museum is conveniently located near Las Ramblas Barcelona. Also be sure to add MACBA, or Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, to your Barcelona art sightseeing list. While MACBA only opened in 1995, it has quickly risen to the list of Barcelona highlights.
Another fantastic museum to visit for a little art history exposure is the MNAC, or Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, located in the Palau Nacional on Monjuic Hill. This museum will allow you to explore Catalan art for a thousand years, and it also has a gallery dedicated to Pablo Picasso. This is considered to be one of the greatest Spanish galleries and it has a world renowned medieval art collection. If you are interested in seeing Catalan art, this is likely the best place in all of Europe to see it!
Barcelona Art Galleries
When seeking out great art, don't just stop at the museums. There are a wide variety of Barcelona art galleries that will deepen your enjoyment of the art in the city. Some recommended ones include the Galeria Brok where you will be pleased to find you can purchase art. We also recommend the Fundación Francisco Godia, and the Centre Cultural Fundacio La Caixa or “Caixaforum."
These galleries highlight work both old and new and from both Spanish artists as well as international ones. There is also good news for those on a budget; you can enter these Barcelona art galleries free of charge.
In the Paseo de Gracia, you can also find the Fundacio Suñol. While this newer gallery does charge an admission fee, you can find more than 1200 pieces. Another highly recommended gallery is the unique Catalan Modernism Museum, which is located just 10-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya.
Take Advantage of Barcelona Art Discounts
It should come as no surprise that going to visiting all the Barcelona museums can cost lots of money. This is especially true if you are paying for a family trip and need to plan on paying for multiple tickets. But Barcelona Budget offers a variety of savings that can help you out!
If you plan to visit more than one or two of Barcelona art museums, check out the Articket, which gives you access to the 6 art museums that are considered the most important: Fundacio de Antoni Tapies, the Picasso Museum, Fundacio Joan Miro Museum, MACBA, MNAC and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCB). Get your Articket here!
You will receive free admission with the Articket, plus you will be able to skip waiting in the lines. This is a major advantage if you are planning to fit a lot of art related sightseeing into your trip!
Also strongly consider opting for the Barcelona card. It not only will give you free public transportation throughout the city, but also will admit you for free to some of the city's most important museum.
We also offer discounts on walking tours of individual Barcelona art attractions. For example, if you sign up for the Barcelona Walking Tour Picasso, you will get a lower price on admission to the museum and tour of places in the city that were influential to him.
Remember that a great way to get around to these various art attractions in the city is to book the Bus Turistic. This will save you the time and energy of learning directions, parking or taking cabs or public transportation to the various museums. You'll have more time to relax and truly appreciate all the Barcelona art around you.