Barcelona is a city with a lot of outdoors activity but it also has so much to see in its museums. If you are an art lover we have a list with some of the best museums to visit in Barcelona.

MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia

Situated on Montjuïc hill, the museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. In addition to that it is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building that rovids beautiful spaces inside the museum.

Adress: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Winter opening times: October to April, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10am to 3pm.
  • Summer opening times: May to September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10am to 3pm.
  • Mondays closed, except public holidays. Monday public holidays 2017: April 2nd, May 21st and September 24th.

Phone number: 936 22 03 60

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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

If you enjoy contemporary art MACBA is a must. This museum has a permanent collection of around 5,000 works where there are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. The museum is located in Plaça dels Angels, which is known among skateboarders to be one of the most iconic “spots” for the sport in the world.

Adress: Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 am — 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday (except public holidays): Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 am — 8:00 pm
  • Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

Phone number: 93 412 08 10

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Museum of the History of Barcelona

The Museum of the History of Barcelona is a history museum that conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the historical heritage of the city of Barcelona, from its origins in Roman times until the present day. The museum’s headquarters are located on Plaça del Rei, in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic).

Adress: Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 19:00
  • Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 to 20:00

Phone number: 932 562 100

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Picasso Museum

This museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. With over 4000 works exhibited by the painter, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works. It is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in the Old City of Barcelona.

Adress: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Monday From 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday to Sundays From 9am to 7pm
  • Thursday From 9am to 9.30pm

(Including holidays)

Phone number:931 70 21 63

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Maritime Museum of Barcelona

If you are more interested on history than art, there are some other options like the Maritime Museum. Located in the building of Drassanes Reials de Barcelona, it shows the history of the navigation from the early days together with the history of the Spanish Navy since the Catholic Monarchs, in the 15th century, up to the present. It also hosts several navigation instruments, weapons, portolans and paintings.

Adress: Av. de les Drassanes, s/n, 08001 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (access permitted until 7 pm)
  • Sundays after 3:00 pm, free entry.
  • The Museum closes on December 25 and 26, and
  • January 1 and 6.
  • December 24 and 31 the museum closes on 3:00 pm.

Phone number: 933 42 99 20

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Joan Miró Foundation

The Joan Miró Foundation is a museum of modern art honoring Joan Miró located on the hill called Montjuïc in Barcelona. In line with Miró’s original idea the Foundation has a space named “Espai 13” which is dedicated to promoting the work of young experimental artists. Although there is also work by Peter Greenaway, Chillida, René Magritte, Rothko, Tàpies and Saura.

Adress: Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona

Opening times:

  • Tuesday — Saturday:
  • From November to March: 10 am — 6 pm
  • From April to October: 10 am — 8 pm
  • Sunday
  • From November to March: 10 am – 3 pm
  • From April to October: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Monday, except public holidays Closed

Phone number: 934 43 94 70

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— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton