Top 8 Museums In Barcelona That You’ve Gotta Visit

Uncover Barcelona’s roots and its creative influences.

Barcelona is home to world-renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Juan Miró, and Antoni Gaudi. So, it’s no secret that the museums here are just as authentic as they are original. From contemporary art to archaeological history, these establishments will transport you back in time and show travelers how Barcelona was shaped into the city we know today.


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Picasso Museum

C/ de Montcada, 15-23, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Dive into Pablo Picasso’s legacy at the Picasso Museum, located next to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Housing one of the most extensive collections of his works, including early sketches, paintings, and sculptures. Here, visitors can uncover a comprehensive insight into Picasso’s life and evolution as a creator. One of the world’s most celebrated artists was most known for Cubism and Surrealism pieces that came in paintings, sculptures, ceramics and experimental forms.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic heritage of Catalonia at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Located in the Palau Nacional atop Montjuïc Hill, this museum is home to a vast collection of Catalan art from 11th and 20th centuries. Travelers can expect to find paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from El Greco, Velázquez, Gaudí, and more. Stepping outside gives travelers a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Barcelona.

Museu de la Ciència CosmoCaixa

C/ d'Isaac Newton, 26, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08022 Barcelona, Spain

Get lost in the wonders of science and discovery at Museu de la Ciència CosmoCaixa. This interactive science museum invites visitors of all ages to explore the universe’s mysteries through hands-on exhibitions, immersive experiences, and engaging demonstrations. From a planetarium to workshops, enjoy a captivating journey through the realms of biology, physics, and astronomy.

Joan Miró Foundation

Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Dedicated to the life and work of Joan Miró, a legendary Catalan artist. The Joan Miró Foundation is a testament to imagination. Situated on Montjuïc Hill, the foundation’s eye-catching building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert and houses an extensive collection of Miró’s paintings and sculptures. There are also temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events that celebrate Miró’s long-lasting influence on contemporary art.

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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Located in the lively Raval neighborhood, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is an hub for innovation and modern techniques from the late 20th century to the present day. Its one-of-a-kind architecture was designed by Richard Meier, an American abstract artist. MACBA’s groundbreaking exhibitions, avant-garde installations, and thought-provoking workshops open new horizons for self-expression.

Moco Museum Barcelona

C/ de Montcada, 25, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Moco is an independent contemporary art museum in a 16th-century palace on Montcada Street, showcasing a wide range of avant-garde artwork by rising and famous artists. Travelers can expect to find works from Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and many more. The museum donates a part of proceeds to charities such as Movement on the Ground, Aidsfonds, and Metakids. Click here to find more of the best things to do in Barcelona.

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Barcelona History Museum MUHBA

Pl. del Rei, s/n, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Step back in time and uncover the layers of Barcelona’s rich past at the Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA.) Spanning over 2,000 years of civic evolution, MUHBA offers an informative journey through the city’s ancient Roman ruins, medieval streets, and modern landmarks. Its commitment to preserving and interpreting Barcelona’s cultural heritage makes it a must-see for history buffs and curious travelers alike.

Barcelona Maritime Museum

Av. de les Drassanes, 1, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

The Maritime Museum is situated within the historic Royal Shipyard and is a space for sharing Catalan sailor history in a way that is innovative and collaborative. Visitors can learn hands on with life-sized replicas of historic ships, navigate interactive exhibits on navigation and shipbuilding, then discover artifacts salvaged from shipwrecks. Its mission is to educate children, inspire change within the sailing community, and promote sustainability.

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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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