Barcelona is not only synonymous with Las Ramblas, tapas and nightlife, one must also consider its exceptional artistic and history heritage which can still be found all throughout the city. Each district oozes art, historic buildings and stories to tell.
To catch up with the history of Barcelona, where better than its museums! All of them are diverse and interesting, and many are known throughout the world, for example; the Picasso Museum and Joan Miró Foundation.
The most famous museums in Barcelona
With more than 3800 works, the Picasso Museum is one of the most important in the world. There are works following the early years of the artist's career, and his artistic development. The museum is housed in a unique setting; five large adjacent buildings dating from between the 1200s and 1400s, in the district of La Ribera - the historic city center.
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Just a bit up Montjuic you will find the Joan Miró Foundation, dedicated to the renowned Barcelonian artist with more that 200 paintings, 200 sculptures, and almost 8000 drawings in addition to temporary exhibits dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art.
If you love Miro's style, then don't miss this public tour of the city to discover the artist throughout the city of Barcelona.
On your visit to one of the most magical places in Barcelona, Park Güell, it's worth making a stop by the Gaudí House Museum that celebrates the great master of Catalan Modernism whose work you can see all around the Catalan capital. It is the house where Gaudí lived for nearly twenty years and you can see some original furniture as well as personal belongings of the architect.
Museums dedicated to the history of Barcelona
Interested in the history of archeology? Well don't miss a visit to the Born Cultural Centre where the remains of Barcelona from the 1700s can be found. If you still can't get enough of culture, then in the same neighbourhood you can find the Barcelona World Cultural Museum.
Alternatively there is the MUHBA, or the History Museum, which is not your usual museum - it is divided into 13 locations across the city! Finally there is the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), dedicated to the Catalan art (in all its forms, from painting to photography) , across history - from Roman times to the present.
If you're a football fanatic, it would be silly to not visit the FC Barcelona Museum, one of the most loved by tourists. The Camp Nou Experience includes a visit to the museum (which is home to the trophies won by Barça), a tour of the stadium, and a visit to the press room.
If you're more into the hush hush of lesser-known museums, then you may want to visit the city's Maritime Museum where you can admire the history and culture of Barcelona as a seaside city. Read on for some more rather unusual museums...
The unusual museums of Barcelona
If you are a particularly curious soul or have specific interests, then you'll surely find something for you amongst the museums of Barcelona. In the city there are some really alternative ones for example the Museum of Ham, chocolate, perfume, eroticism, music, or Motorcycles. Other interesting ones include the Museum of Mammoth, MIBA (Museum inventions and Ideas Barcelona), or even the Museum of hearses...
And for kids (...and not kids...), it's essential to visit Cosmo Caixa, aka the Barcelona Science Museum.
Just recently the Design Museum opened, which might just pique your interest.
Important information about Barcelona's Museum
In all of the Barcelona museums, there are discounts for children, seniors, and groups. In some (but not all) there are discounts for those that have the Barcelona Card, a card that entitles you to many benefits and discounts around the city for various activities. It is also useful to know that many museums offer free admission on the first or last Sunday of the month or on every Sundays at 15:00. depending on the museum.
And that's the selection of essential museums, so now you can make the most of your precious time in Barcelona ;)