Museums in Barcelona

5 museums to enjoy culture in Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city, its culture, its inhabitants, its climate will make you fall in love with it, but apart from all this, its history will also make you fall in love with it. In its museums are preserved and exhibited all kinds of collections, you will find in them all kinds of art, culture and history of both Barcelona itself and other places.

Here is a selection of 5 museums that you can’t miss in Barcelona:

  1. Picasso Museum

In this museum you can find the largest collection of Picasso in the world, the museum is located in a beautiful residential palace in the streets of Montcada. There are paintings from both his youth and adulthood. It is one of the most successful museums in Barcelona, with more than one million people visiting annually. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month and every Sunday afternoon.

  1. Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB)

Very close to the Ramblas is the maritime museum. It exhibits a collection of ancient and modern ships and nautical charts from all over the world. In addition, you can get diving equipment and a multitude of interesting objects that connect Barcelona with the sea. In this museum there are also temporary exhibitions on different themes. Some of the examples range from exhibitions on ancient Egypt, Viking culture, to Game of Thrones or the Titanic.

  1. Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

Its history begins in the twelfth century when it was just a church converted into a convent. It is located in the Raval and its main theme is the city and urban culture. It promotes cultural knowledge through numerous projects, exhibitions and themes. You will have the luxury of delighting yourself with different proposals on cinema, literature, and digital or face-to-face exhibitions.

  1. Museum of Science – COSMOCAIXA

It is the family museum par excellence of the city of Barcelona. It is located in the upper part of the city, is designed to expose science to all visitors. They carry out numerous exhibitions, workshops and activities, and create spaces for interaction with visitors. It shows how science is part of the life of human beings since its inception as a species. It has 30,000 square meters which were recently remodeled and is divided into different spaces.

  1. National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC)

It exhibits works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is one of the richest in Romanesque and Gothic art in the world. It was established in 1990 and offers a series of mural paintings that make it unique in the world.

This has been the selection of our favorite museums in the city of Barcelona, but there are many more recommended according to your interests. Find the one you are most curious about and go for a visit. The Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA) collects 2000 years of history and has different locations. If you are a soccer lover, do not miss the FC Barcelona Museum, you can witness the different kits, balls, trophies or photographs that have made history. The Ethnological Museum offers you mainly the knowledge of the Catalan geographical context, but there are also temporary exhibitions focused on different cultures of international scope. Surely you’ve heard of the Sagrada Familia. Well, although the work of art has not yet completed its construction scheduled for 2026, you can access its museum where sketches, drawings, photographs and plans made by its architect Antoni Gaudí are exposed. Finally, the charm of MACBA, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. It is located in the Raval neighborhood and exhibits works from the mid-twentieth century to the present.