Barcelona is a city renowned for its wide cultural offer. On top of its iconic architectural landmarks, the Catalan capital is brimming with museums, galleries, expositions and cultural activities, all year round. All of this and much more, which we’ve broadly covered in this blog, make Barcelona a top travel destination for those interested in culture, the arts and history.
For today’s feature we’ve drawn up a list of the best museums to visit in Barcelona. You’ll find all kinds of museums here, from impressive collections of art featuring famous Spanish artists of the likes of Miró, Picasso, Dalí and Velázquez, among others, to centers focusing on history and local traditions. And let us not omit other venues providing completely different experiences such as the quirky Erotic Museum of Barcelona.
No matter what you’re more interested in, there’s sure to be a museum in Barcelona for you.
The best museums in Barcelona
Erotic Museum of Barcelona
Near the beginning of Las Ramblas, and right in front of the iconic La Boquería market, is the Erotic Museum of Barcelona. A very unusual museum but interesting nonetheless, and a place that lives up to the city’s romantic reputation. And a great stop to do something different while visiting the emblematic and beloved Ramblas!
Santa Mònica Arts Center
Further down the Ramblas, and getting closer to the Port Vell (the Old Port; you’ll feel it in the fresh sea breeze) is the Santa Mònica Arts Center. A public venue showcasing very diverse contemporary art and constantly rotating expositions. The Santa Mònica Arts Center is located in what used to be a 17th century Renaissance convent. Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out that the entrance is free!
Near the Columbus monument by the end of Las Ramblas you’ll also find Barcelona’s famous Wax Museum. A place where time has reached a standstill and where you can stand face to face with some of history’s most prominent figures!
Fundació Joan Miró
This arts museum, built by Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, is one of the best modern arts museums in Barcelona and the world. Designed specifically for the famed Catalan artist Joan Miró, the building will catch your eye before you even step inside, as it beautifully merges art and architecture. The white walls and peculiar futuristic architecture house a massive art collection, prominently featuring all of Miró’s graphic work, among other artists.
In addition, it also has on display thousands of photos and documents providing a glimpse into Miró’s unique creative process and life. One of the best museums in Barcelona, conveniently located in Parc de Montjuïc, which is by all means also worth visiting.
MACBA. Museu d’Art Contemporani
The MACBA is the modern jewel of the centric El Raval neighborhood. With a permanent collection of around 5,000 works, this modern museum is mostly focused on contemporary art from the mid-20th century onward. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some International artists are also represented. On top of its permanent collection, the constantly rotating expositions are always outstanding.
MACBA is located in the downtown neighborhood of El Raval, where you’ll also find some of the best Barcelona apartments.
As you’ve surely already gathered from its name, Museu Picasso is wholly dedicated to the life and work of the indispensable Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. With a permanent collection of around 3,800 art pieces, this museum will make you delve into Picasso’s development as an artist, from his teenage years to the intense innovations of his Cubist paintings later in his life.
A must-see museum in Barcelona for those interested in this iconic Spanish artist. Make sure to buy your tickets online and avoid the long queues!