Barcelona is a world-famous city known for its incredible architecture, rich history, and vibrant art scene, among many other attractions and points of interest. Whether you are planning a quick getaway or a longer, leisurely trip, you can’t leave the city without visiting some of its museums. Here’s an overview of the main museums in Barcelona that you simply can’t miss on your next trip.
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC):
Located in the iconic Palau Nacional, MNAC houses one of the finest collections of Romanesque art in the world. Besides exploring the impressive building itself, which is worth a visit on its own, you’ll journey through Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-20th century in its galleries. The museum is closed on Mondays, and the entrance fee is around 12 euros, though there are discounts available that you can take advantage of.
One of the best science museums in Europe, CosmoCaixa offers a wealth of interactive exhibitions that will fascinate visitors of all ages. From the Flooded Forest to the Planetarium, it is a perfect place for an educational and fun family outing (children will have a blast!). This museum is open every day (except for major Christmas holidays) and the ticket price varies depending on the exhibition, but it is usually around 10 euros.
As Antoni Gaudí’s first masterpiece, Casa Vicens is a treasure of modernist architecture. You will be amazed by its innovative design and vibrant colors. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can enjoy a guided tour to not miss any detail or take advantage of one of the available themed visits, such as the visit with a photo session or the Summer Vicens. Tickets are available from just over 20 euros.
Museu de l’Eròtica:
Located in the heart of Las Ramblas, the world’s first museum of erotic art and culture offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of human sexuality throughout history. With its extensive range of erotic art, it is an educational and entertaining journey through the history of erotica. For the 10 euros entrance fee, you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable and highly informative time, without neglecting the playful aspect.
A bit further away from the central area is one of Barcelona’s most visited museums, the Museu Picasso, which houses an extensive collection of works by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. A visit through its rooms will allow you to follow his creative evolution from his early years to his last works. If you want to explore the work of the brilliant Malaga-born artist, remember that the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and you can purchase tickets (from 14 euros) in advance on their website.
Joan Miró Foundation:
Visiting the Joan Miró Foundation allows you to kill two birds with one stone, as you can take the opportunity to stroll through Parc de Montjuïc, where it is located. This museum houses the largest collection of works by the famous surrealist painter and is a must-visit for any modern art lover. You can reach the Foundation by walking through the park, but you can also take a bus or funicular and access the museum from 14 euros if you purchase tickets in advance online.
Museu d’Història de Barcelona:
One of the remarkable features of MUHBA is its ubiquity in Barcelona, as the museum has 55 exhibition spaces throughout the city, although it is easiest to visit the spaces in the central area, such as the one in Plaça del Rei. This museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Barcelona, from Roman times to the present day. Make sure to check the opening hours in advance, as different centers have different days and times of operation.
Museu de Cera:
Another museum worth visiting not only for its exhibits but also for the building it occupies, in this case, the former headquarters of the Banco de Barcelona. Here, you can enjoy more than 200 wax figures of historical and famous personalities displayed in 28 different areas, making it a visit that will delight both children and adults alike. Located near the end of Las Ramblas, this museum opens from Monday to Sunday, and you can get your ticket starting from 21 euros.
Museu d’Història de Catalunya:
This museum takes visitors on a journey through time, from prehistory to the present. With its interactive approach, you will learn about the rich history of Catalonia in an entertaining way. Additionally, it always has highly interesting temporary exhibitions and plenty of activities that allow you to learn and have fun at the same time. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday, and you can purchase tickets from 4 euros.
Museu Maritim de Barcelona:
Located in the former royal shipyard, this museum offers a fascinating insight into the maritime history of Barcelona through its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and virtual displays. Here, you will find everything from ancient galley ships to modern steam vessels that you can visit every day of the week. Tickets are available from 10 euros, and you can buy them at the museum’s ticket counters.
What day are museums in Barcelona free?
In Barcelona, many museums offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month, while others do so every Sunday afternoon. However, we recommend checking the policies of each museum on their respective websites before planning your visit.
Have you heard about the Palau Experience?
If you want to experience the Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the most fascinating buildings in Barcelona, a symbol of modernism and a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can’t miss the Palau Experience by Gran Gala Flamenco. This experience allows you to explore the Palau on a private visit and grants you access to the company’s rehearsals, ending with a tasting of a ham tapa and a glass of wine.
Here, you can enjoy the best flamenco show in the Catalan capital. Reserve your tickets here!