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Top 5 Best Museums in Barcelona

Top 5 Best Museums in Barcelona

Barcelona is well known for its architecture, nice beaches, amazing weather and food, and of course its vibrant nightlife, but among the best things to do in Barcelona is visiting the most important museums of the city and exploring the cultural side of Barcelona. 


For this reason, in today’s article, we have made a list of our top 5 best museums in Barcelona that we are sure you are going to enjoy. 

How many museums are in Barcelona?

As mentioned before, Barcelona is a city of art, architecture and culture, therefore, it is logical to find out that in Barcelona there are around 55 museums that cover many different themes such as history, art, science, architecture, sports, maritime, etc. 


Also, we would like to share with you that from some of the following museums you can have the best sightseeing and you won’t regret having your phone to take a picture of it. 


Best Museums In Barcelona

We have selected the below museums not only for what represents in terms of art and historical references but for their location and alternative activities you can find nearby as well.  

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museu Nacional Art Catalunya
Source: MNAC

The National Art Museum of Catalonia is one of the most important museums from Catalonia and of course Barcelona. Well-known from the local people for its abbreviated name, MNAC, it is our first option because here you will find an extensive collection of Catalan art from Romanesque and Gothic art, Renaissance and Barroc art and as well, Modern Art with works by Picasso, Ramon Casas, Dalí, Gaudí that will make you discover how important and rich Catalan culture is.


In addition, one of the main reasons to select MNAC as our first option is due to the fact that this museum is located in Montjuic hill and its privileged position offers outstanding views over Barcelona. It is common to find many local and tourist people enjoying the sunset with the magnificent views of the city of Barcelona and in the evening, the show of lights, sound and colours of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.  


However, before commenting on the next museum, let us share with you a useful tip you won’t regret. If you want to take the best picture of the impressive façade of the museum you must go to the top of the Shopping Centre Las Arenas, a former bullfighting arena that is just in front of the museum. 


Museu Picasso

Picasso Museum
Source: Wikipedia

We want to start by mentioning that The Picasso Museum is the most visited museum on our list and we encourage you not to miss it and reserve, at least, 2-3 hours for the visit. 


This museum was born from the will of the artist Pablo Picasso himself as he wanted to have a museum in one of his most important cities, Barcelona. Perhaps you don’t know that the Picasso family moved from Malaga to Barcelona when he was young, hence, most of his academic training happened in Barcelona. He will also return to Barcelona almost in eight different periods, that’s why he had strong bonds with the city and his Catalan friends. 


In addition, it is interested to mention that the museum is located in the Gothic Palau Aguilar and four more palaces from the 13th century that are connected, which makes you feel like you are in a Gothic labyrinth where you can go up and down, turn right and left, admiring the early’s work of Picasso. 


Museu d’Història de Catalunya

History Museum Catalonia

If you are fascinated by the history of Catalonia, definitely you should visit this museum located in the harbour, Port Vell.  


The Museum of the History of Catalonia offers an exciting journey into the past of Catalonia from prehistoric to modern times through expositions that include recreations and drawings of historical moments of Catalonia. If your trip includes kids, we highly recommend you this museum as we are sure they will enjoy the visit as well. 


Also, the rooftop of this museum is a highlight that you shouldn’t miss and we recommend you to have a drink while enjoying the lovely views over the port of Barcelona. If you want to discover the best rooftops in Barcelona do not forget to read our article Top 8 rooftops in Barcelona.


Museu Europeu d’Art Modern

European Museum of Modern Art
Source: MEAM

The European Museum of Modern Art is very close to the Picasso Museum, in the Born neighbourhood, therefore, you can consider visiting both on the same day. 

The museum stands in a neoclassical palace from the 18th century, the Palau Gomis and the collection is made up of figurative and realistic art. It is important to highlight that this museum does not exhibit abstract art and the aim of the museum is to show modern art from the 19th century to the present day. The different works that we can find range from paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures. 


Fundació Joan Miró

Joan Miro Foundation

Last but not least, the Joan Miró Foundation is one of the most important museums in Barcelona. The Joan Miró Foundation was the first contemporary art museum in the city and brings together the world’s largest collection of the artist Joan Miró.  


As happened with the Picasso Museum, Joan Miró wanted to build his own museum not only to show his work to the public in a more accessible way but to encourage artists to experiment and create contemporary art. 


Undoubtedly, we can confirm the Joan Miró Foundation represented a before and after in the culture scene for the city of Barcelona spreading contemporary art. Today we can say it still stands today thanks to the legacy of works that Miró donated to Barcelona.

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