43 Wonderful Museums to Visit in Barcelona
Barcelona is a very famous city with much to offer between palaces, monuments, famous streets, parks, local bars and restaurants, and museums.
There are so many museums that I had to write an article about them, so here are the best museums to visit in Barcelona.
In this article, you will find all the info you need, name, description, how to get there, address, where to book a ticket in advance and save money, and which day of the week the Museum is free.
Tips: Keep in mind that many museums are closed on Monday.
May 18th is International Museums Day, so many museums are free that day, but is better to double-check it in advance.
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1. Barcelona-Gaudi House Museum:
The Gaudi House Museum is located inside the Parc Guell.
There you can admire a collection of objects and furniture that have been designed by Gaudi that has lived in that house for almost 20 years, from 1906 to 1925.
2. Barcelona Pavilion:
Or Mies van der Rohe Pavillion, but I think that Barcelona Pavilion is easier to remember.
This pavilion was initially built as a temporary building to host the German section in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona but was rebuilt in 1986 to become a permanent building.
It is famous for being an essential modern architecture building made with marble, travertine and red onyx. Click here to check prices and availability, book your tickets, and save money and time.
Address: Avinguda Francesc Ferrer I Guardia' 7, 08038 Barcelona.
How to get there: when visiting the Montjuic at the Magic Fountain, turn on the right, and keep walking at the Museum will be on your left-hand side.
3. Picasso Museum:
The best place to learn about the marvellous art of Pablo Picasso is through his 4,251 works in exposition in this Museum. If you like his art, this is the right place for you.
The line to enter this Museum can be crazy long, so I recommend you book your ticket in advance to skip the line and save time and money. Click here to get your skip the line tickets, save time and money.
Picasso Museum is free every first Sunday of the month and Thursday from 6 pm to 9.30 pm, but you have to book your free ticket in advance.
Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona.
How to get there: Metro L4 (yellow) direction La Pau, get off Jaume I, exit via Placa de l'Angel and walk up Carrer de la Princesa, then turn right into Carrer de Montcada, the Museum is a few meters on the left side.
4. Barcelona Chocolate Museum:
Barcelona chocolate museum is the perfect museum where you can learn everything about chocolate, from its beginning when it was used as a spicy drink and used for multiple uses.
The museum also offers different workshops for young and adults.
Address: Carrer del Comerc 36, 08003 Barcelona.
How to get there: Located on the northwest side of Parc de la Ciutadella, you can get there in a couple of minutes. Walk into Passeig de Pujades, then turn left into Carrer del Comerc. The museum will be on your right-hand side.
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5. MACBA, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona:
This is a contemporary art museum that hosts essential works of international artists in temporary and permanent exhibitions.
The MACBA Museum is Free every Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Address: Placa dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona.
How to get there: from Placa de Catalunya, walk down Las Ramblas, turn right into Carrer del Bonsucces, keep walking, turn right into Carrer de Montalegre, then left into Placa dels Angels. Walk a couple of minutes, and you will get to the entrance.
6. MNAC, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya:
The Museum of National Art of Catalonia is the biggest and most important in Barcelona. It hosts more than 260,000 works of art. It has the most important collection of Catalan art from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
Tip: The MNAC Museum is Free every first Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays after 3 pm. Keep in mind the queue is going to be very long and the museum very crowded.
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuic, 08038 Barcelona.
How to get there: Have you seen the big palace behind the Magic Fountain at the bottom of the Montjuic?
That is the famous Museum of National Art of Catalonia. From Placa de Catalunya, catch the metro L1 direction Hospital de Bellvitge then get off at Placa Espanya. You can see the Museum from outside the metro station.
7. Palau de la Musica Catalana:
The famous Palace of Catalan Music is the most renowned Theatre in Barcelona, and it is worth to be visited. You can enjoy a concert or just book a tour and see the inside during the day, of course, they are two different experiences, so it is up to you to choose the best one for you.
Address: Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona.
How to get there: From Placa de Catalunya, on the south east side, walk into Carrer de Fontanell, then turn right into VIa Laietana, then left into Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt. The Theatre will be on your left-hand side.
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8. Montjuic Castle:
The Barcelona Castle is a must-visit, the view from up there is stunning, you can see the whole city from there and take pretty pictures. There is also a buffet restaurant, some souvenirs shops and an outdoor bar where you can get a sandwich or an ice cream before you start walking down the hill.
I suggest you walk straight up to the Castel and then slowly walk down and visit all the museums (or those you like, I honestly visited all of them).
Address: Ctra. de Montjuic, 66, 08038, Barcelona.
How to get there: From Placa de Espana, catch the Bus 150 direction Castell de Montjuic (the bus stop is at the beginning of the Avinguda del Paral.lel). You will be up there in 22 minutes.
You can catch the cable car from the port ( you can pay it with your metro card pass)
Otherwise, you can just walk to the top as I did. It will take you around 30 mins.
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9. Casa Vicens:
Casa Vicens is a true work of art by Gaudi. It is less known so you won't find tourists crowds and it is also the first house built by a famous architect.
If you don't have spare time to visit it, even just seeing the outside will make you fall in love with its beauty.
Otherwise, you can book a ticket online here and visit this magnificent building.
Address: Carrer de les Carolines 20-26, 08012 Barcelona.
How to get there: From Placa de Catalunya, catch the Metro L3 (green) direction Trinidad Nova and get off at Fontana Station exit via Gran de Gracia/Asturies, walk along Carrer de Breton de los Herreros, turn right into Carrer d'Aulestia I Pijoan walking throughout the end of it and then turn left, the house will be on your right-hand side.
10. Erotic Museum of Barcelona:
Do I really have to explain what it is? I don't think so. Click here to check ticket prices and opening day.
Address: La Rambla 96 bis, 08002 Barcelona.
How to get there: Located halfway on Las Ramblas, you cannot miss it.
11. Joan Miro Foundation:
If you like Miro, you cannot miss the Fondacio' Joan Miro', it is a wonderfully designed building where you can also enjoy stunning city views.
Address: Parc de Montjuic 08038, Barcelona.
How to get there: From the castle, it is only 18 minutes walk, or you can catch bus 150 and be there in 11 minutes. Also, only a few mins from the cable car stop.
12. MUHBA, Museum d'Historia de Barcelona:
Or "Barcelona City History Museum", where you can walk through the heart of the Roman ruins in Barcelona, under Placa del Rei, where you can learn about medieval and ancient Barcelona in a tour around 4,000 square metres in an archaeological site underground.
Free Admission every Sunday after 3 pm and every first Sunday of the month.
Address: Placa del Rei, Barri Gotic, 08002 Barcelona.
How to get there: it is very close to the Cathedral, a few minutes walk from it.
13. Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum:
This is a palace dedicated to cannabis, where you can see more than 9,000 cannabis artefacts, learn about cannabis cultivation and see real cannabis plats.
Address: Carrer Ample 35, 08002 Barcelona.
How to get there: From the Columbus Monument, walk along Passeig de Colum. When you lose reach La Barceloneta, turn left into Carrer de la Plata, then right into Carrer Ample, the Museum will be on your left-hand side.
14. Museu d'Historia de Catalunia:
Here you will learn a lot about Catalonia's culture and its history. It is a lovely museum, and I highly recommend visiting it.
Address: Placa de Pau Vila 3, 08039 Barcelona.
How to get there: It is located at the end of the waterfront of Port Vell and the beginning of La Barceloneta, right on the seafront.
15. Museu Maritim de Barcelona:
This Maritim Museum is excellent, and I highly recommend you visit it if you like boats. I saw it during my first trip t Barcelona, and even if I am not a big fan of boats, I found it very interesting.
The Maritim Museum is Free every Sunday after 3 pm.
Address: Avinguda de les Drassanes 08001 Barcelona.
How to get there: looking at the Columbus Monument with the water at your back, the Museum is the building at the left.
16. MEAM, Museum Europeu d'Art Moderna:
In the MEAM Museum Europeu d'Art Moderna, you will find a living museum that is constantly changing. It hosts concerts, TheatreTheatre, sculpture and painting courses, workshops and exhibitions.
Address: career de la Barra de Ferro 5, 08003 Barcelona.
How to get there: from Placa de Catalunya, turn into Avinguda del Port del Angel, then turn left into Carrer Comtal, keep walking till you get to Via Laietana then turn right, keep walking then turn left into Carrer de la Princesa, then right into Carrer dels Cotoners, then right into Carrer de la Barra de Ferro, walk till you have the Museum at your left-hand side.