A Guide to Barcelona’s Museums & Galleries


Barcelona is usually graced with splendid weather, and so it’s no wonder that most people spend their time out doors rather than in the many museums the city has to offer. Don’t miss out however as Barcelona has some great spaces filled with art, culture, history and science.

Barcelona was home to some very important artists such as Picasso, Dali, Miro, Tapies and Gaudi, so if the weather suddenly turns on you, here are our list of favorite rainy day museums and galleries that you shouldn’t miss:


caixa forum – an art and culture museum at the foot of Montjuic. in a splendid art nouveau factory, besides enjoying the ever changing exhibitions, you can visit the undulating roof made of bricks for a unique view over Barcelona.

cosmo caixa – one of our favorites, and no doubt will be yours and your kids too. a large museum with permanent and changing exhibitions, many of which are interactive that have a focus on science and the natural world. Highlights include the living Amazon jungle with crocodiles, piranhas and other wild life.

cccb – another great cultural museum, located near the macba in Raval, the large space hosts an ever changing calendar of exhibits exploring a myriad of topics from the technological to theatre and sculpture. check the website to see whats on, and plan your next visit accordingly. the cccb also has a nice cafe for a quick snack.

fundacio miro – for the art fanatic, go and check out the Joan Miro foundation atop Montjuic hill. The building itself was designed by architect and city planner Josep Lluís Sert, who was a close friend of Joan Miró and an exponent of avant-garde architecture in Catalonia. The stark white building looks almost like lego, with unusual shapes, and houses a mountain of Miros artworks. The two experimental galleries often host some of the best art exhibitions from up and coming artists and the shows are always extremely well curated. Don’t miss the enclosed Mercury Fountain.

macba – Barcelona’s modern art museum houses some interesting art pieces, and a collection of over 6,000 works. The museum strives to continue to host contemporary art and hosts varied art exhibitions during the year. Many of the pieces of their permanent exhibitions highlight works by Catalan artists. The building itself is something to see, and continues to be a focal point in Raval, where hundreds of skateboarders congregate in its plaza to meet and practice tricks, the sound of the boards and wheels ricocheting off the museums glass fronted facade.

maritime museum – Barcelona’s history is unique, and the museum takes a look at the port city and how it has evolved over the centuries, and the folk who people the area, and plied its waters. There is a fantastic display of a life size rowing galley, and the museum will keep young and old entertained.

picasso museumpetite though it is, the picasso museum is very popular, and has a superb collection of picassos early work. the artworks are well laid out, and his technique, style progression and artworks are usefully explained, giving more insight into the artist’s world. If you don’t mind the queue its work a look.

mnac – The museu national d’art de catalunya contains the largest, and oldest display of Medieval Romanesque Art in the world, with fully restored sections of the apses of churches found in the Pyranees, among its collection. You can also view artworks by Velaquez, Rubens, El Greco and other noteworthy artworks, including drawings, paintings and photography. The location of the museum offers wonderful views over the city.

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