Top 10 Museums in Barcelona | The Ultimate Barcelona City Guide
Barcelona has been graced by many talented artists, from Picasso, Gaudí, Ribé, Miró, and Dali to the most-recent graffiti artist, El Pez. Some separated by centuries and others by decades, their art has come together to make Barcelona the hub of a cultural experience. The different museums, art, history, design, sports, and more, scattered across the city are the tangible instruments of this experience. Every year, Barcelona attracts millions of visitors, who flock seeking an immersive experience as they step into the worlds of these artists and their creations.
Top 10 Museums in Barcelona
1. Picasso Museum
Barcelona has dedicated an entire museum to Picasso’s artistic prowess, showcasing an extensive collection of his early years’ works, such as the First Communion and Science and Charity.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Tue-Wed; Fri-Sun), 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM (Thu); Closed on Mondays
When to visit: You’ll find it least crowded from 10 to 11 in the morning.
2. FC Barcelona Museum
Popularly known as the Camp Nou Experience, this tour of Camp Nou attracts not only the Barça lovers but also the non-football fans. Visit the lawn, the bench of the players, the changing rooms, the press corridor, the trophy room, it's chapel, and the FCB museum.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Mon-Sun)
When to visit: Before 11 am or after 4 pm.
3. Fundació Joan Miró
Founded by Joan Miró in 1968, this modern art museum consists of a permanent exhibition of Miró’s art along with works dedicated to Miró by other artists, like Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and André Masson.
Timings: 10am-6pm (Tue-Sat), 10am-3pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays
When to visit: If you go after 4:00 PM, you can avoid the student groups.
4. Gaudí House Museum
The Gaudí House-Museum, located within the Park Güell is a historic home museum that houses a collection of furniture and objects designed by the Spanish architect Antoní Gaudí who stayed there from 1906 and 1925.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Oct-Mar: daily), 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Apr-Sep: daily)
When to visit: It’s not too crowded at any time of the day
5. Museu d’Historia de Barcelona
MUHBA exhibits the archaeological excavation of the Gothic Quarter which was accidentally discovered in the 1920s. See an ensemble of medieval buildings and Roman ruins that represent the foundation of Barcelona.
Timings: 10am-7pm (Tue-Sat), 10am-8pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays
When to visit: On Sundays from 3:00 PM visitors aren’t charged an entrance fee.
6. Museu Marítim de Barcelona
A reminiscence of Spain’s glory days of being the supreme power on sea, this museum houses Royal Shipyards, antique navigation charts, a life-sized replica of the Ictíneo I, one of the world's first submarines.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Mon-Sun)
When to visit: Sunday evenings offer free museum visits.
7. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
This Italian-styled palace was originally constructed for the International Exhibition of 1929. Today, it houses a remarkable collection of Romanesque and Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Tue-Sat), 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Sun)
When to visit: No entrance fee is needed on Saturdays after 3 pm.
8. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Designed by architects Piñon and Viaplana, CCCB hosts thematic exhibitions that showcase contemporary art, thought-provoking debates, and unique festivals and concerts.
Timings: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Tue-Sun); Closed on Mondays, 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 and 5 January
When to visit: Free admission on Sundays from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
9. Museu de la Xocolata
Learn about the history of chocolate, stroll past the different chocolate-making machines, dating centuries old, and even participate in a workshop to know how to cook a sweet dish like a chocolate truffle.
Timings: 10am-7pm (Mon-Sat), 10am-3pm (Sun)
When to visit: Expect maximum crowds during their workshop hours.
10. Fundació Antoni Tàpies
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by the Catalan artist, Antoni Tàpies, to foster the study of contemporary art. Located in the old publishing house, it holds a complete collection of Tàpies’ artwork and combines temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and film.
Timings: 10am-7pm (Mon-Sat), 10am-3pm (Sun)
When to visit: Anytime between 12 pm and 5 pm is considerably lean