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Best Museums in Barcelona

Spanish people love art and Spain has the largest art collection in Europe. Keeping that in mind, it is not surprising that you can find many big and small museums in Spain. Some of the most famous such as Del Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum are located in Madrid, but Barcelona has it’s own fair share of art too!

Most of the museums you will find are dedicated to arts, ranging from paintings to sculptures and drawings. Of course in Barcelona you also find Parc Guell, and even though it is not a museum in the more traditional sense, the park is filled with beautiful mosaic and architectural art. In total there are over 55 museums that you can visit, next to arts you will also find museums about science, sports and history.

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  • One of the most famous highlights of Barcelona is without doubt the Sagrada Familia. This stunning church was designed by Anotni Gaudi and has been under construction since 1882.
  • Picasso is represented by two Museums, one in Barcelona holding over 3500 pieces of his early work, and one in his birth town Malaga with around 130 pieces.
  • Parc Guell is not a museum in the traditional sense, but it is a great way to enjoy art outdoors. The designs by the famous architect Gaudi will definitely amaze you.
  • La Pedrera is another famous building designed by Gaudi. The building itself is the museum and houses modern art.

  • Football lovers know their way to the Museu Futbol Club Barcelona, making it the fourth most visited museum of the city!
  • For an ever changing collection of art, you can visit the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture.
  • Go back in time and learn all about the history of Catalunya in the Museum d’Historia de Catalunya. This interactive museum will definitely get you enthusiastic!
  • Do boats make your heart beat faster? Be sure not to miss out on the Maritime museum in Barcelona. See vintage navigational instruments and beautiful reproductions of various vessels.

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  • The Museu del Temple Expiatori de La Sagrada Familia is definitely the most famous touristic highlight of Barcelona. This huge church has been under construction since 1882 and is still not finished. Inside the church you will find a museum dedicated to the history and development of the building. Of course it also shines a light on the architect, Antoni Gaudi.
  • Parc Guell might not be a museum in the more traditional sense, but enjoying art outdoors is definitely a great option when visiting sunny Barcelona. The park has beautiful gardens and impressive mosaic art. Since 1984 Unesco has declared it a World Heritage Site.
  • Picasso is one of the most famous Spanish artists. The Museu Picasso is fully dedicated to this great artist and holds over 3500 pieces of art created by him. The museum consists of five medieval palaces and was the first museum dedicated to Picasso. In the collection you will also find pieces from his very early work, such as schoolbooks, academic pieces and paintings from his so-called Blue Period.