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Museums in Barcelona

Many world-famous museums are located in Barcelona

Here we show the most popular museums in Barcelona. In Barcelona, you will find more than 80 museums, which cover a variety of topics, be it from the modern or classical art, history, shipping, science, nature, crafts or sports. Some of the museums are world famous and are in the same breath as the Louvre in Paris or the Prado in Madrid. Also for children there is a lot of interesting things to see.

Most of the museums offer more than just the presentation of various Kunstojekte. Whether  souvenirs in the museum shop can be bought, in the cafeteria spend a break or simply enjoy a magnificent view.

Information on opening times of the museums: Some museums are closed Sunday afternoon and Monday. If the Monday is a public holiday, but is mostly open. Nearly all museums are closed on 25/26 December, on 1 and 6 January.

Information on admission prices: Many offer free admission on 18 May (International Day of the museum) and 24 September (Catalan National Day). Some museums in Barcelona are also on certain days of the month (1st Sunday of the month) free. Detailed information, please refer to the appropriate museum site.

Discounts or even free admission to many museums and other attractions and free use of city bus and Metro you will have with the use of the Barcelona Card.

Articket Barcelona - One ticket for six museums

One ticket for six museums. With Articket BCN you have free access with skip the line to six of the leading museums in Barcelona: Picasso Museum, Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

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Barcelona Card - Reduced and Free Admissions to Museums

Barcelona Card - Reduced and Free Admissions to Museums

The Barcelona Card offers over 100 free admissions and benefits in museums, restaurants and shops, leisure activities and entertainment, and you can travel for free on public transport.

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Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

Picasso's success story began in Barcelona, but rather late the museum was founded. The occasion of the foundation was a bequeathed by a larger collection to the city of Barcelona.

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Aquàrium - one of the largest aquarium in Europe

Aquàrium - Oceanographic Museum

In over 35 basins are the most diverse marine habitats. One highlight is the shark-bassin with the glass tunnel.

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Fundació Joan Miró

Fundació Joan Miró

One can safely say that if have not seen the Fundació Joan Miró, you have not seen Barcelona. On the slope of Montjuïc - with great views of the city - this museum provides the ideal backdrop for the works of Miró.

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Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM)

Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) - European Modern Art

If you are interested in impressive modern art, then you should definitely make sure your plan includes a visit to MEAM - Europeu Museu d'Art Modern. Located in the beautifully renovated Palau Gomis, the museum displays a first class collection of modern fine art from the 20th and 21st Century in alternating exhibitions.

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CosmoCaixa - science museum

CosmoCaixa - Science Museum

The science museum CosmoCaixa constitutes an absolutely new concept of science museums. Science should be presented as an understandable and attractive discipline. The museum is interactive, educational, and extremely attractive to the eye.

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Museum National d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Museu National d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

The MNAC is accommodated in the former Spanish Pavilion at the World Exhibition of 1929. It houses the unique collection of Romanesque frescoes worldwide.

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Museu Marítim - the shipping museum in Barcelona

Museu Marítim - Maritime Museum

Among the Gothic arches of Barcelona's shipyards expect the exceptional exhibits from all periods of maritime history.

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Gaudí Experience - reveals Gaudí's intellectual world

Gaudí Experience 4D

The type of presentation reveals Gaudí's intellectual world and will suprise and fascinate you. You will dive into the unique world of the great architect and artist. Nothing will stand still, not even your chair...

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Poble Espanyol - Spanish village

Poble Espanyol - Spanish village

The Poble Espanyol shows replicas of typical buildings from all over Spain. In the houses arts and crafts show their skills. In Poble Espanyol you can find also good food and shopping.

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Museum of Illusions - This museum works with optical illusions

Museum of Illusions

Take a trip on the Titanic, play amongst gigantic toys or have your photo taken with Antonio Banderas. Who is big and who is small? Others like to stand amongst the football fans in the Camp Nou stadium and sing along with all the fans. A visitor to the Museum of Illusions isn't just an observer, but a full part of the artwork being shown.

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Museu Egipci de Barcelona - Egyptian Museum Barcelona

Museu Egipci de Barcelona - Egyptian Museum

The Museu Egipci de Barcelona is one of the leading private collections of Egyptian art and culture. With more than 1,000 exhibits on more than 2,000 m² of exhibition space you can experience the everyday and the ritual life to Pharaonic times.

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Museu d'Història de la Ciutat - city museum of Barcelona

Museu d'Història de la Ciutat (MUHBA) - City Museum of Barcelona

The Museu d'Història de la Cuitat tells the story of the city of Barcelona on three floors in the Palau Clarina Padellàs. Culminated in the excavation of Barcino, as the Romans called Barcelona.

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Museu del Modernisme Català - Museum of Catalan Art Nouveau

Museu del Modernisme Català - Museum of Catalan Art Nouveau

The Museu del Modernisme Català (MMCAT) is dedicated exclusively to Catalan Art Nouveau. It is located in a modernist residential and factory building. On the ground floor there are mainly furnishings from the modernist era, such as cabinets, dining tables, wardrobes and other artfully designed everyday items. Here it becomes clear why the modernist era was mainly a middle class Bourgoise epoch. In the cellar of the former factory building, you will find the painting and sculpture collection.

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Museu d`Història de Catalunya - history of Catalonia

Museu d'Història de Catalunya - History of Catalonia

An interactive journey through the history of Catalonia from the Stone Age to the present. Very exciting design, one of the most interesting museums of Barcelona.

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art

With its smooth white lines is the Museum of Contemporary Art, the attraction of the city of El Raval district.

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Museu Frederic Marès (MFM)

Museu Frederic Marès (MFM) - Spanish major sculpture collection

Marès former studio contains his papers and a collection of his own works.

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies houses the works of the most important artist besides Miró in Barcelona. The building, crowned in a wire mesh, is in the Eixample district.

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CaixaForum - museum of contemporary arts

CaixaForum - contemporary art

Contemporary art of international painters and sculptors in a renovated textile mill.

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Centre de Cultura Contemporani de Barcelona (CCCB)

Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) - contemporary art

The Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) organizes exhibitions, panel discussions, festivals, concerts and much more.

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Museu de la Xocolata – The chocolate museum

Museu de la Xocolata - chocolate museum

The chocolate museum Museu de la Xocolata shows the history of chocolate in Europe: its origins, how it got to us and how it was traded as an element between myth and reality, between medicine and food or as an aphrodisiac. It also shows the manufacturing of chocolate, from the cocoa bean up to industrial production processes. Also children will love this museum.

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Museu de Cera - wax museum

Museu de Cera - wax museum

Kings, murderers, popes or other well-known personalities are promisingly staged. Visit without a doubt Bosc then the Café de les Fades.

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Smaller museums in Barcelona

Other smaller museums in Barcelona

In Barcelona you will find many great, major museums, which are certainly a "must" for a visit to Barcelona. But many smaller museums also present their exhibits here. These museums often deal with topics that are generally of specialist interest, and are well worth a visit if you are particularly interested in one of these topics.

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Tips for the museum visit in Barcelona

Opening times
Most of the museums - but not all - are closed on Mondays (refer to the opening times of the respective Museum pages). If Monday is a holiday, it is then opened on Monday.

Reduced admission
For children, pensioners and the disabled. For Students usually only up to a certain age limits.

Free admission
Many museums offer an afternoon in the month (the first or the last Sunday of the month) with free admission. It is then, however, usually very crowded.
With the Barcelona Card you have free admission to many museums (partially without queuing) and reduced admission. There are also the Articket Barcelona with free entrance to six important museums.


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