Barcelona Museums

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FOTO COLECTANIA FOUNDATION

Of the least known Barcelona museums, this interesting foundation encourages the promotion of Spanish and Portuguese photography since the early 1950’s, through exhibitions, workshops, publishing and other activities held at their studios in the lovely district of Gràcia. It’s a private non-profit organization, hence the small entrance fee of 3EUR: peanuts for any photography aficionado.
Julián Romea, 6. Gràcia.
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MACBA and CCCB

The Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA) and The Contemporary Cultural Center of Barcelona (CCCB) form the cultural dynamic duo that turned the old red-light district of El Raval, into one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city. The impressive museum building by Richard Meier is the artistic Mecca of Barcelona and the favorite playground for the numerous skateboarders around it. The 19th century charity house that has become CCCB is today the cradle for many cultural spin offs and one of Barcelona’s most popular exhibition halls. Other venues like La Capella dels Angels and the Foundation for Arts and Design complete this contemporary cultural cluster. MACBA.
MACBA. Plaça dels Àngels, 1. www.macba.cat
CCCB Montalegre, 5. El Raval. www.cccb.org
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MUSEU PICASSO

The Picasso Museum is one of the most important Barcelona museums for obvious reasons, key to understand the formative years of Pablo Picasso. Over 4000 works by the master are displayed within a striking architectural complex of Catalan Gothic palaces from the 13th and 14th centuries. Located in the charming district of El Born, this museum is a testament to the artist’s intimate relation with Barcelona.
Montcada, 15-23. El Born- La Ribera.
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MUSEU DEL DISSENY

 Since 1992, Barcelona has become a synonym for contemporary design and avant-garde arts. The Design Museum is organized around the theme of decorative arts, craftsmanship and design and it conserves enormous holdings as a result of merging the collections of various museums. This unusual stapler-look-alike building sits between other architectural icons like the Agbar Tower and Els Encants flea market, making this part of town the new keystone for progressive architecture.
Plaça de les Glòries, 37. Sant Martí.
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COSMOCAIXA

For a good reason Albert Einstein welcomes the visitors in the entrance of the science museum of “La Caixa” Foundation. This is a hands-on kind of museum where the restless minds are invited to learn by experience. One of the most renowned  science museums in Europe, it offers fascinating features like a real drowned Amazon forest, or the Hall of Matter interactive exhibition – perfect for visitors of all ages.
Isaac Newton, 26. Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.
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MUHBA

The Museum of History of Barcelona looks after the archaeological heritage of the city. Although displaying at many locations, the main site is at Plaça del Rei, where visitors can explore the original Roman City underneath the Gothic Cathedral: a spectacular archaeological journey of over 2000 years to the very foundation of Barcelona.
Veguer, 2. Gòtic.
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FUNDACIO MIRÓ

 One of the very rare jewels of rationalist architecture in Barcelona, Joan Miró’s friend Josep Lluís Sert designed this outstanding building to hold the world’s largest collection of artworks by the Catalan surrealist artist. Paintings, sculptures and ceramics make up the impressive collection of the museum: a must for the art boosters wandering the endless gardens of Montjuïc.
Parc de Montjuïc s/n. Sants Montjuïc.
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LA VIRREINA

This former Peruvian Viceroy’s Palace is nowadays the town’s Image Centre Exhibits Hall, a cultural space to explore the world of image, photography, video and art. With free entrance and right on Las Ramblas, this is a perfect break from the hustle and bustle for a quick cultural getaway.
La Rambla, 99. El Raval.
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VILA CASAS FOUNDATION & CAN FRAMIS

Arguably, Vila Casas is the stethoscope to check the pulse of the Catalan contemporary artistic panorama. Located in the former industrial area of Poblenou, inside a beautiful contemporary building, the works of Catalan and foreign resident painters can be seen through permanent and temporary shows.
Roc Boronat, 116. Sant martí.
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ART GALLERIES

Cradle of artists in the likes of Picasso, Dalí or Miró, there’s no doubt Barcelona is an art city.  With a long tradition of art dealing and home to a large number of galleries, there are two areas to remember: Petrixol and Concell de Cent streets. The vast majority of galleries are along Consell de Cent street, around the crossing with Rambla Catalunya. As for the tiny Petrixol Street, right off Las Ramblas, it has been historically the home of great art galleries like Sala Parés, the oldest in town and where painters like Rossinyol, Cases or Dalí exhibited. Petrixol is also famous for the local churros with chocolate, so while at it…