Best Museums in Barcelona


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Best Museums in Barcelona

Barcelona is a culture-dense city with hundreds of museums. And with the addition of the MOCO museum and Big Fun Museum, the list keeps growing. Not to mention historical churches, squares, and centers. Barcelona’s history goes all the way back to ancient Roman times. And the wealth of cultures, ideas, and artifacts make it a hub for the most interesting museums. I have not been to all the museums in Barcelona. Sister is working on it. But I can tell you that I’ve hit up the best, and maybe the most interesting! Read my list on the best museums in Barcelona!

  • Fundació Joan Miró
  • CaixaForum Barcelona
  • Picasso Museum – The earliest of Picasso’s works are here. Get into the mind of the artist during his formative years. Lines are long and tickets run out during high tourist season, so plan accordingly.
  • Museu Frederic Marès – After you visit this museum, you’ll think that Frederic Marès had some kind of personality disorder, particulary hoarding. His varied and profuse collection of sculptures, artifacts, and even stickers from cigars will not leave you unimpressed. The courtyard is also a relaxing place to have a coffee and let the kids release some steam. Read more about the Frederic Mares Museum in my post. 

  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
  • Fundació Antoni Tàpies
  • Cosmocaixa Museum – A fascinating science museum where kids are encouraged to touch and feel. Read more in my post about the interactive Cosmocaixa Museum here.

CosmoCaixa Barcelona is one of Europe's best science museums

  • Museu Blau – A science museum with taxidermied animals. Read my post on this museum by the sea.
  • MACBA Museum – This white museum is in Raval, and it’s a beauty of minimalism right in the middle of working-class neighborhood.
  • Disseny Hub Barcelona – Sometimes they call it la grapadora, or “stapler”. This museum in Barcelona’s 22@ district is an urban renewal project where they’re renovating old factories and making them into modern apartments. Works included fashion, graphic design, and decorative arts. 

The DHUB Museum in Barcelona, Spain

  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • Museu Can Framis – A contemporaroy art museum with a lot of glass and concrete works fittingly inside the old factory district. A beautiful, minimalist museum with works from the 1960s to present day. Read more about Can Framis here.


By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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