Barcelona's Top 10 : Museums

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  1. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

    Discover Catalonia’s rich Romanesque and Gothic heritage at this impressive museum, housed in the 1929 Palau Nacional. Striking medieval frescoes – many culled from ancient Pyrenean churches – are the highlight. 

  2. Fundació Joan Miró

    The airy, high-ceilinged galleries of this splendid museum are a fitting resting place for the bold, abstract works of Joan Miró, one of Catalonia’s most acclaimed 20th-century artists. 

  3. Museu Picasso

    Witness the budding – and meteoric rise – of Picasso’s artistic genius at this unique museum. One of the world’s largest collections of the painter’s early works. 

  4. Museu d’Art Contemporani & Centre de Cultura Contemporània

    Inaugurated in 1995, MACBA is Barcelona’s centre for modern art. Combined with the neighbouring CCCB, the two buildings form an artistic and cultural hub in the heart of El Raval. Both regularly host temporary exhibitions: the MACBA showcases contemporary artists; the CCCB is more theme-based. 

  5. Fundació Tàpies

    Works by Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies are showcased in this graceful Modernista building. Venture inside to discover Tàpies’ rich repertoire, from early collage works to large, abstract paintings, many alluding to political and social themes.

    Terrace, Fundació Tàpies

  6. Conjunt Monumental de la Plaça del Rei

    Explore the medieval Palau Reial and wander among the splendid remains of Barcelona’s Roman walls and waterways at the city’s history museum. The museum is partly housed in the 15th-century Casa Padellàs on the impressive medieval Plaça del Rei.

  7. Museu del FC Barcelona

    This shrine to the city’s football club draws a mind-boggling number of fans paying homage to their team. Trophies, posters and other memorabilia celebrate the club’s 100-year history. 

    Badge, FC Barcelona

    Camp Nou Stadium
  8. Museu Marítim

    Barcelona’s formidable sea-faring history is showcased in the cavernous, 13th-century Drassanes Reials (Royal Shipyards). The collection, which spans from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, includes a full-scale replica of the Real, the flagship galley of Don Juan of Austria, who led the Christians to victory against the Turks during the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Also on display are model ships, maps and navigational instruments. 

  9. Museu Frederic Marès

    Catalan sculptor Frederic Marès (1893–1991) was a passionate and eclectic collector. Housed here, under one roof, are many remarkable finds amassed during his travels. Among the vast array of historical objects on display are Romanesque and Gothic religious art and sculptures, plus everything from dolls and fans to pipes and walking sticks. 

    Virgin, Museu Frederic Marès
  10. CosmoCaixa Museu de la Ciencia

    Exhibits covering the whole history of science, from the Big Bang to the computer age, are housed in this modern museum. Highlights include an interactive tour of the geological history of our planet, an area of real Amazonian rain forest, and a planetarium.

    • Teodor Roviralta 47–51

    • Open 10am–8pm Tue–Sun

    • Adm (free first Sun of month)

    • DA


Top 10 Quirky Museums/Monuments

  1. Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres

    Late 19th-century hearses reveal how Barcelonins of the past met their maker.

    • C/Sancho d’Àvila 2

  2. Centre d’Interpretació del Call

    Artefacts from Barcelona’s medieval Jewish community.

    • Pl de Manuel Ribé

  3. Museu de la Màgia

    A museum devoted to magic, with a collection dating from the 18th century.

    • Carrer Oli 6

  4. Museu dels Autòmates

    A colourful museum of human and animal automatons.

    • Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo

  5. Museu de la Xocolata

    A celebration of chocolate, with interactive exhibits, edible city models and tastings.

    • Pl Pons i Clerch

  6. Museu de Cera

    Over 350 wax figures, from Marilyn Monroe to Franco and Gaudí.

    • Ptge de la Banca 7

  7. Museu del Calçat

    Footwear from all ages, including shoes worn by famous folks.

    • Pl de Sant Felip Neri 5

  8. Museu del Perfum

    Hundreds of perfume bottles from Roman times to the present.

    • Pg de Gràcia 39

  9. Cap de Barcelona

    Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein’s “Barcelona Head” (1992).

    • Pg de Colom

  10. Peix

    Frank Gehry’s huge shimmering fish sculpture (1992).

    • Port Olímpic

    Frank Gehry’s Peix
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