Museums in Barcelona


Town: Barcelona Address: Palau Nacional - Parc de Montjuïc Phone: +34 93 622 03 75 Price: 9 - 9 EUR The Palau Nacional, an emblematic building of the 1929 International Exhibition, houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, or National Art Museum of Catalonia. Set on the Montjuïc mountain, overlooking the city of Barcelona, the museum rubs shoulders with a series of museum institutions spread around the park, such as the Fundació Joan Miró,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Montcada, 15-23 Phone: +34 93 3196310 e-mail: museupicasso@bcn.cat The Picasso Museum in Barcelona offers a comprehensive showcase of the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, who is revealed through more than 3,500 works, constituting the permanent collection. However, the Picasso Museum also reveals the artist's relationship with Barcelona, which shaped his adolescence and youth, and continued to his death. Thanks to Picasso and Jaume Sabartés, his friend, Barcelona holds the ultimate collection of Picasso’s youthful works.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Parc de Montjuïc Phone: +34 934 439 470 e-mail: fjmiro@bcn.fjmiro.es Joan Miró, an artist particularly fascinated by the implementation of a diversity of materials, forms and colours, vastly explored and experimented with painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, theatre and tapestry. The Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona consists of 11,000 pieces, including 240 paintings, 175 sculptures, nine textiles, four ceramics, a complete ensemble of his graphic works and some 8,000 drawings.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Pl Pau Vila 3 Palau de Mar Phone: +34 93 225 47 00 Price: 3 - 4 EUR Тhe Catalan History Museum opened in 1996 following an initiative by the government of Catalonia and supported by the local parliament. The museum’s 4,000 square metres of exhibition space showcases the political, social, economic and cultural evolution of the region, from its most ancient roots to the 20th Century. The site also promotes activities related to Catalan history,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, s/n Phone: +34 93 319 69 12 e-mail: museuciencies@bcn.cat The Museum of Natural Science at Ciutadella Park, formerly Martorell Museum, opened following the merger of the Geology and Zoology Museums in 2000. The Martorell Museum was founded in 1878 in honor of Francesc Martorell i Peña (1822-1878). The museum, Barcelona’s first public institution of its kind, housed the natural history collections of Manuel Martorell, the founder’s brother. These were partially transferred to the Castell dels Tres Dragons,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Baixada Monestir 9 Phone: +34 93 20 39 282 e-mail: monestirpedralbes@mail.bcn.es Price: 3 - 4 EUR The Museum-Monastery of Pedralbes opened to the public in 1983, and is an exquisite example of Catalan Gothic style in architecture The ensembles of the museum are housed in a church and monastery, erected around the spacious three-storey cloister, which is encircled by the main rooms: the dormitory, refectory, chapterhouse, abbey and day cells. This museum contains numerous works of art,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Parque de la Ciutadella. Plaza de Armas Phone: +34 93 3196310 e-mail: mnac@mnac.es The Museum of Modern Art contains an important collection of paintings, drawings and sketches from the early work of Pablo Picasso, with a particular empahsis on his work between 1895 and 1904. His pieces from 1917, the year he collaborated with the Russian Diaghilev Ballet Company, and the Las Meninas series, inspired by Velazquez's painting,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Casa Clariana Padellàs. Plaça del Rei Phone: +34 93 256 21 22 e-mail: museuetnologic@bcn.cat Price: 4 - 5 EUR The City History Museum of Barcelona (MHCB) comprises the Monumental Ensemble of the Plaça del Rei, the Museum-Monastery of Pedralbes, the Verdaguer Museum-House and the Centre for Interpretation to Park Güella, thus incorporating a more than 2,000-year-old heritage. The museum’s origins date back to 1999 when the Barcelona city council initiated a re-organisation of the municipal museums and their collections.
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Town: Barcelona Address: C/Aragó 255 Phone: +34 934870315 Price: 4 - 6 EUR The Fundació Antoni Tàpies, or Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona’s third museum after Miró and Picasso, is dedicated to the work of a single prolific artist, the Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. Tàpies set up a foundation bearing his name in 1984, and the city donated the old Montaner i Simon publishing house to contain the foundation’s holdings.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Plaça Tibidabo 3 Phone: +34 93 211 79 42 e-mail: tibidabo@tibidabo.es Price: 9 - 22 EUR On top of the mountain of Tibidabo, the Amusement Park Tibidabo features rides from the early 20th Century, as well as cutting-edge novelties, such as the 'Dragon Khan'. During the summer, the park assumes a carnival-like atmosphere. The mountain peak has been a retreat for Barcelonese since 1868, when the road connecting it to the city was built.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Carrer de Montcada 12-14 Phone: +34 93 310 45 16 e-mail: museubarbier@bcn.cat Price: 2 - 3 EUR Inaugurated in 1997, the Barbier-Mueller Museum for Precolumbian Art holds one of the world's most significant collections of pre-Columbian art. The restored Palacio Nadal, erected during the Gothic period, includes some 6,000 pieces of tribal and ancient art. Josef Mueller (1887-1977) took possession of the first pieces in 1908. The pre-Columbian cultures are represented by religious,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Moll d'Espanya-Port Vell Phone: +34 93 221 74 74 Price: 10 - 14 EUR Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 09:30 -21:00 An impressive testimonial to sea life, the Barcelona Aquarium was opened in 1996 in Barcelona's Port Vell. Perfectly locatated, only a 10-minute walk from the Rambles, it attracts hundrets of tourists every day. Europe's largest aquarium, it contains 21 fish tanks positioned along the sides of a wide corridor. Each tank showcases marine habitat,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Montalegre 5 Phone: +34 93 4120810 e-mail: global@cccb.org The Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) conceives exhibitions as more than mere compilations of works. The site proposes routes which constitute paths forking into bold images and concepts, and a series of exercises promoting experimentation. With its exhibits, the CCCB attempts to find new projection spaces, which is the main reason why some of the exhibitions are constantly on tour. The site's aim is to participate in cultural debate,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Av Drassanes Phone: +34 933429920 e-mail: m.maritim@diba.cat Starting from 1929, the Museu Marítim de Barcelona, or Barcelona Maritime Museum, has gathered a major collection illustrating the Catalan seafaring culture. The site was set up in 1929 thanks to the Junta de Patronat de l’Institut Nàutic de la Mediterrània, or Board of Management of the Mediterranean Nautical Institute. As of 1931, the institution pressed for the establishment of a naval museum with a specialised library.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Place dels Angels 1 Phone: +34 97 2677500 e-mail: amics@macba.es The history of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) can be traced back to 1959. Art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer effected his idea of creating a museum of Contemporary Art, and together with Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera headed a group which worked on forming a collection which later served as the foundation of the future museum. As various artists united to decide upon the location for the new museum,
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Town: Barcelona Address: Avda Marquès de Comillas Phone: +34 93 423 40 16 Contrasting the Modernista style of the Casaramona and the traditionalism of the Poble Espanyol, the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe was designed by German architect Mies van der Rohe. The German Pavilion for the 1929 World's Fair, as it was originally built for, the structure was the last of the Rohe's works before he fled to the United States.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Ptge. Banca 7 Phone: +34 93 317 26 49 Price: 5 - 7 EUR Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10:00 -13:00 Wednesday 10:00 -14:00 Thursday-Sunday 10:00 -13:00 The Barcelona Wax Museum is set at the foot of the Ramblas, in the Passatge de la Banca, close to the Bosc de les Fades bar. The museum holds a vast variety of well-crafted figures retated to Spanish history.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Avenue Marquès de Comillas 6-8 Phone: +34 93 476 86 00 One of the city's Contemporary Art venues, the Caixa Forum opened in 2002 in the Casaramona, which was the old Modernista textile factory designed by Puig i Cadalfach. The building adorns a red brick facade and a singular turret, to which a walkway, courtyard and entrance were added by Japanese architect Arata Isozak. The first artwork that will attract your attention once you get inside will be a giant abstract mural by Sol de Witt.
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Town: Barcelona Address: Pg Santa Madrona 39-41 The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (MAC), deriving from the archaeological museum tradition which dates back to the early 20th Century, was a result of the Museums Law, which was approved in 1990. As a national museum, the site conserves, investigates and gathers information about the archaeological artifacts illustrating Catalan history from its earliest stages to the Medieval period. The MAC encompasses the archaeological museums in Barcelona and Girona, the Greek-Roman city of Empúries,
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Town: Barcelona Address: C/ Comerç 36 Phone: +34 93 268 78 78 e-mail: museu@pastisseria.cat Price: 3 - 4 EUR Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 -19:00 Sunday 10:00 -15:00 The creation of the Chocolate Museum follows an initiative of the Barcelona Confectionery Guild. Promoting the museum is part of the guild's determination to innovate and modernise a sector based on the traditions of confectionery. The Chocolate Museum, the first facility of its kind in Catalonia, was effected by the guild members and their suppliers.
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