Best museums in Barcelona
Want to visit the best museums in Barcelona? In such a cultural gem of a city, you will easily find superior museums. Whether you’re in town for just a few days or you're planning a longer trip, allot some time to visit a few of these Barcelona museums.
Barcelona art museums
Well known for its famous artists, Barcelona features many fantastic art museums for visitors to explore.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
If you’re an art enthusiast, you can’t miss The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The building itself is a piece of art with majestic domes and turrets. This museum showcases the art of Catalan modernists like Gaudí and Casas. You will also find work from the European Renaissance and the Baroque period. After an hour or two of strolling through the impressive galleries, you can relax on the roof and take in panoramic views of the city. Note that entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of each month and every Saturday after 3 p.m.
Picasso fans will love the Museu Picasso (or the Picasso Museum). It offers you an intimate peek into Picasso’s life, artwork, education, and his personal connections to Barcelona, where he spent five years as an artist apprentice. Thanks to the permanent collection in the museum, you will see how his artwork evolved from his early Classical-style works to his later pieces. In addition, the museum often features temporary exhibitions to better showcase the scope, breadth, and depth of Picasso’s influence as a cultural icon within the art world.
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Make sure to also stop by the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the El Raval neighborhood. The collection begins with foundational avant-garde works from the 1920s, but primarily focuses on art from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. Offering more than just artwork, this museum is a hub of activities, courses, and temporary exhibitions that celebrate the power of art and innovation. Remember that the museum is closed on Tuesdays and that you can get in for free on Saturdays after 4 p.m.
Architecture and Gaudi museums in Barcelona
The Gaudí House Museum, located in Park Güell, is more than just a house. Here you’ll have an intimate peek into the life and work of the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. You can tour the home where he lived from 1906 to 1925. As you move through the house and gardens, you’ll have the chance to see several examples of stylistic furniture and other objects that showcase Gaudí’s design skills, including wrought-iron railings. Luckily, the museum is open daily, so you can plan your visit for any day.
After you’ve seen the Gaudí House Museum (or even if you haven’t), you won’t want to miss out on the next stop. Casa Vicens, the first house designed by this famous architect, is a colorful and unique architectural wonder located in the heart of Barcelona. The museum is open daily but note that the exact hours change depending on the time of year. Happen to be in Barcelona on May 22? You’re in luck, because on that day you can get in free!
Let’s not forget about the real crown jewel of Gaudí’s architecture: the famous cathedral La Sagrada Familia. You have probably heard something about Barcelona’s most iconic landmark. This stunning architectural wonder is rich with symbolic representations of Christian beliefs. On top of that, the cathedral is filled with art and iconography that you will marvel at, no matter your religion.
Barcelona chocolate museums
The Amatller House Museum, designed in the late 1800s by chocolatier Amatller Antoni, is another modernist architectural wonder in Barcelona. In this stunning home, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. Stroll through its beautiful, colorful rooms while learning all about Catalan modernism. After taking in all the artwork, sip a cup of original-recipe hot chocolate in the cafeteria on the ground floor. The museum shop also offers a selection of chocolates, in case your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, or you want to buy some gifts. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
But do you want to know the real paradise for chocolate lovers? The answer is Museu de la Xocolata (Catalan for "Chocolate Museum"), located in the former Sant Agustí monastery. Here you’ll learn all about the history of chocolate and its origins, as well as its arrival in Europe. The museum offers several different activities, ranging from chocolate painting for children to wine-and-chocolate tasting for adults. Yum!