Barcelona’s Best Museums and Galleries

Barcelona’s Best Museums and Galleries

Barcelona isn’t just about the beaches and late-night party scene. Culture-lovers have ample reason to flock to Spain’s second largest city as well. The many museums and galleries in Barcelona are some of the best in Europe, and even better, a lot of them are free on certain days. Let’s take a look at Barcelona’s best museums and galleries:


Barcelona History Museum: Barcelona’s History Museum does a fantastic job of explaining the history and importance of its city. You can even head underground for a tour of the more than 4,000 square meters of Roman ruins located beneath the museum. There is a free audio guide to accompany your tour as well.

Picasso Museum. One of the most well-known artists in history has over 3,000 of his works of art is his self-titled museum. Certainly a polarizing figure in the timeless question of “What is art?”, Picasso at least won’t leave you lacking for discussion topics.

Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Located at the Palau Nacional at the Parc de Montjuic, MNAC is the largest fine arts museum in Catalunya. Having recently undergone extensive renovations, the building now matches the works of art within.


Sala Joan Prats. The Sala Joan Prats gallery was one of the Barcelona’s pioneers in contemporary art, and remains a supporter of this artform and artists to this day. The main artist featured here is a young Miró, where his works show evidence of him moving away from a relative realism towards his own later signature style.

Galería Trama

Trama is located on Petritxol street, a tiny street otherwise known for its cafés and chocolatiers. Also a home of contemporary art, Trama is known to support the works of both established artists as well as emerging local and foreign artists.


No two visits to the CaixaForum will be the same as this extensive private collection of contemporary art is in constant flux. There are a few items that remain year-round, those belonging to Spanish icons Antoni Tàpies and Miquel Barceló.

There are so many choices in the Barcelona art and culture scene. With so much to explore, your trip could be completely consumed by exploring the many museums and galleries within this wonderful city.

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