Top 10 Barcelona Museums - Why Are They Not Only Art Galleries?


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Here you will find a list of the most visited Barcelona Museums classified by the number of visitors per year, according to the statistics. Barcelona city has a rich history and is also a very important cultural hub in the Mediterranean region. At present, there are more than 70 museums in the city, which means that cultural activity plays a significant role in Barcelona.

There is a broad range of museums and art galleries in Barcelona embracing many types of topics, such as art and applied art, science, and technology, maritime, sports, Olympics, history, and archeology. Also architecture, design (the design museum housing the textile museum of Barcelona, the graphic design museum and the ceramic museum) and much more. Among the best museums in Barcelona, are the architecture museums, sports museums, art galleries and history museums. You can find a world of exhibitions in Barcelona on almost any matter and for all likes.

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Where to Buy Art in Barcelona?

There are many important and well-established art galleries in Barcelona and also in neighbor cities where you can buy art. You will find several in the Eixample district and a few more in the Gothic Quarter. More information about galleries in Barcelona to buy art.

The 10 Best Barcelona Museums

  1. Sagrada Família - unfinished masterpiece of Gaudi
  2. FC Barcelona Museum and Camp Nou Stadium
  3. Casa Milà, Gaudí work also known as "La Pedrera"
  4. MNAC - National Museum of Catalan Art
  5. Picasso Museum
  6. Miró Foundation
  7. MACBA - Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona
  8. MUHBA - Barcelona History Museum
  9. Casa Batlló - Gaudí work
  10. Maritime Museum

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La Sagrada Familia is the most visited attraction in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is the most visited attraction in Barcelona

1. La Sagrada Familia

This huge church 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 architecture museum with a fascinating history of the development and constructions of Sagrada Familia, as well as other curious details of the genius Antoni Gaudi. Sagrada Família became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

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Opening hours

Open Daily
Oct-Mar: 9am-6pm / Apr-Sep: 9am-8pm
Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 and 6: 9am-2pm

Prices

Adults: 15 € (22,00€ with audioguide)
Under 30, students: 13€ (20.00€ with audioguide)
Senior: 11€ (17.00€ with audioguide)
Free: children under 11, persons with a 65% disability + 1 accompanying person, Friends of the Church, (6.00€ with audioguide in each case)

Address

Mallorca, 401
Phone: 932073031

Transport

Metro: L2, L5, stop Sagrada Família

Visit Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe

Visit Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe

2. FC Barcelona Museum and Camp Nou Stadium

The Football Club Barcelona or FC Barcelona has more than 100 years of successful history. The football squad 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 football museum in Barcelona is the leading sports museum in the city and is among the most important Barcelona attractions. It is the second most visited place 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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Opening hours

Apr 1-Apr 13: Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm / Sun & holidays: 10am-2:30pm
Apr 14 - Oct 12: Mon-Sun & holidays: 9:30am-7:30pm
Oct 13 - Dec 21: Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm / Sun & holidays: 10am-2:30pm
Dec 22 - Dec 30: Mon-Sun & holidays: 9:30am-7:30pm
Dec 26 and 31: 10am-2:30pm
Days of La Liga or Spanish Cup matches in the stadium: No tour available. Only Museum (with limited schedule)
Days of Champions League matches in the stadium and the day before the match: No tour available. Only Museum (until 3pm)
Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, Jan 6

Prices

Adult: 25.00 €
Infants (0 to 5 years): Free
Youth (6 to 13 years): 20€
Supporters clubs, over 70 years, disabled and students: 20€
Large family (need to present documentation): 20€
Members: Free

Address

Aristides Maillol 12
Phone: 934963600

Transport

Metro: L3, stop Maria Cristina
L5, stop Collblanc

The wavy structure of Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

The wavy structure of Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

3. Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

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 in particular 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 high 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 famous Barcelona museums.

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Opening hours

Mar 3-Nov 2: daily 9am-8pm / Nov 3-Mar 2: daily 9am-6:30pm.
Jan 1: 11am-8pm. (Closed Dec 25, Jan 13 to 19, 2014)

Prices

Adult: 22.00 € (with audioguide)
Infants (0 to 6 years): Free
Youth (7 to 12 years): 11.00 €
Students: 16.50 €

Address

Passeig de Gracia, 92
Phone: 902400973

Transport

Metro: L3, L5, stop Diagonal

The magnificent Palau Nacional, home of the MNAC

The magnificent Palau Nacional, home of the MNAC

4. MNAC - National Museum of Catalan Art

Also known as "Palau Nacional", the great MNAC, or Catalan Art Museum, 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.

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Opening hours

Oct-Apr: Tue-Sat, 10 am to 6 pm / Sunday and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm
May-Sep: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm / Sunday and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm
Monday:
closed, except public holidays (For 2014: Jan 1, Apr 21, Jun 9, Dec 8)
Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th

Prices

Ticket: 12.00€ (valid for 2 days, within 30 days of purchase date)
Students, unemployed, families, school groups: 30% reduction
People under 16, elderly over 65 and disabled: free

Address

Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc
Tel.: 93 622 03 76

Transport

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, 50, 65, 79, 109, 165, D20, H12, V7


Skip the line at the Picasso Museum with the Articket

Skip the line at the Picasso Museum with the Articket

5. Picasso Museum

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 for 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 influential artists of the 20th century. The Picasso museum has gained an excellent position among other Barcelona museums.

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Opening hours

Tue-Sun: 10am-7pm.
Thu: until 9:30pm (reduced fee May-Jun from 7pm-9:30pm)
(Free: Sundays 3pm-7pm. and First Sunday of every month: 10am-7pm and Open door days: May 18, Sep 24)

Prices

Museum + temporary exhibition: 12€
Temporary exhibition: 6.50 €
Visitors under 25 years old, seniors over 65, unemployed, retired, holders of the Library Network Card, holders of the discount Targeta Rosa (Pink Card): 7€ (museum+temporary exhib.). 4.50€ (tempor. exhib.)
Free: Under 16s, over 65s holding the free Targeta Rosa (Pink Card), members of the ICOM and teachers (proof required).
First Sunday of each month, free from 9am to 7pm. Every Thursday, free from 6pm to 9:30pm.
May 18, Sep 24

Address

Montcada 15-23
Phone: 932563000

Transport

Metro: L4, stop Jaume I
Bus: 17, 40, 45, 19 (Via Laietana) - 39, 51 (Passeig Picasso) - 14, 59 (pla de Palau) - 120 (Princesa)

The Miró Foundation at Montjuic hill

The Miró Foundation at Montjuic hill

6. Miró Foundation

In 1968 was held the first large retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró in Barcelona. In 1970 took place his first show 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 the city.

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Opening hours

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

Prices

Ticket: 12 €
Students age 15-30, elderly over 65, unemployed, adult groups: 7 €
Free: under 15

Address

Parc de Montjuic s/n
Tel.: 934 439 470

Transport

Metro: 1) L2, L3 stop Paral-lel, then...
Funicular: 2) Funicular from Paral-lel metro station
Tourist Bus: Stop Fundacio Joan Miro
Bus: 150 and 55

Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA)

Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA)

7. MACBA - Contemporary Art Museum

The idea to have a contemporary art exhibition center started in the early 60's, when several shows had taken place, and the wishes for a final location came out from a group of artists. But the political regime at that time did not play for those desires, 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.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Tuesday closed (except public holidays)
Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm
Sundays and public holidays 10am to 3 pm
Closed 25 December and 1 January

Prices

Ticket: 10€
Students and groups over 15: 8€
People under 14, over 65 and unemployed: free

Address

Plaça dels Àngels, 1
Tel.: 93 412 08 10

Transport

Metro: L1, L2, Universitat - L3, Pl. Catalunya or Liceu
Tourist Bus: Stop Plaça Catalunya
FGC (Catalan Trains): All lines (Pl. Catalunya)
Bus: 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 37, 41, 42, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 121, 141, H12, Aerobús

The Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA) is considered as a "museum of museums"

The Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA) is considered as a "museum of museums"

8. MUHBA - Barcelona History Museum

From all the museums in the city, the history museum of Barcelona (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 now is composed of 10 centers, which are spread over the city:

  1. Monumental Complex of Plaza del Rey and surrounding centers:
    1. Temple of Augustus
    2. Via Sepulcral
    3. Domus Sant Honorat
    4. Domus Avinyo
    5. Thermal Baths
  2. Fabra i Coats
  3. Park Guell Interpretation Center
  4. Verdaguer House Museum
  5. Santa Caterina Area
  6. Bomb Shelter 307
  7. "Call" Quarter Interpretation Center
  8. Turó de la Rovira
  9. More recently added heritage sites:

  10. Water's House
  11. Oliva Artés

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Opening hours

Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm / Sundays: 10am-8pm.
(Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24).

Prices

Combined ticket for all MUHBA centers
Normal ticket: 7 €
Groups over 10 people: 5 €
Under 29, over 65: 5 €
Free: People under 16, free pink card, ICOM members, Barcelona Card and Museologists´ Associations

Address

Plaza del Rey, s/n
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3), Urquinaona (L1, L4), Liceu (L3), Jaume I (L4)
Bus: 120, V17 and 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic


Casa Batlló, another Gaudi work considered as a museum-monument

Casa Batlló, another Gaudi work considered as a museum-monument

9. Casa Batlló - Gaudí work

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 house for a middle-class family built in 1875.

Gaudí did 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 monument-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.

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Opening hours

Daily: 9am-9pm (last admission 8pm)

Prices

General: 24.50 € (audioguide included)
Groups + 20 persons: call +34 93 216 03 06
Students / Youth Card / Pensioners: 21.50 €
Residents in Barcelona: 15€
Children under 7 years old: Free

Address

Passeig de Gracia, 43
Phone: 932160306

Transport

Metro: L3, L2, L4, stop Passeig de Gracia
Bus: H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24
Tourist Bus: stop Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies
RENFE Train: stop Passeig de Gràcia
FGC Train: stop Provença

The ship Santa Eulalia belongs to the Museu Maritim (Maritime Museum)

The ship Santa Eulalia belongs to the Museu Maritim (Maritime Museum)

10. Maritime Museum

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 on 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. The Maritime Museum is among the small budget museums in Barcelona.

Opening hours

Museum : Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm / Closed on Dec 25 and 26, Jan 1 and 6.
Ship Sta. Eulalia: April-October > Tue-Fri: 10am-8:30pm; Sat: 2pm-8:30pm; Sun and holidays: 10am-8:30pm; Sailing on Sat: 10am-1pm
November-March > Tue-Fri: 10am-5:30pm; Sat: 2pm-5:30pm; Sun and holidays: 10am-5:30pm. Sailing on Mon: 10am-1pm

Prices

Museum plus Ship Sta. Eulalia:10€
Ship Sta. Eulalia only: 3 €
Students under 25, people over 65 and unemployed: Museum fee: 5.00€. Free for children and teens under 17. Ship Sta. Eulalia: 1€

Address

Museum: Avda. de las Drassanes s/n
Ship Sta. Eulalia: Moll de Bosch i Alsina (Moll de la Fusta)
Tel.: 933 429 920

Transport

Metro: L3, stop Drassanes
Tourist Bus: Stop Colom-Museu Maritim
Bus: 14, 18, 36, 38, D20, 59, 64 and 91

Museum of Salvador Dali in Spain

The Dali museum is located near Barcelona in the city of Figueres, a few kilometers away from the Catalan capital. The Salvador Dali Gallery receives more than 1.5 million visitors a year and is among the top 10 museums. Even when it can be considered as a Barcelona museum, strictly speaking, it is not, and for that reason, it is not included in our list of only Barcelona art galleries. Read more about Salvador Dali Museum.

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