Published on May 15th, 2012 | by behostels


Top 5 Museums to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is recognized as a city of great art and culture in Catalonia, Spain, and across Europe. With Gaudí and his modernism, Picasso and his paintings, young people and street art, Spanish and Catalan writers, and many others, artists arrive to Barcelona each year searching for a place to showcase their own art pieces. This is one reason why we have so many great museums in our city.

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The Macba “ Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art “( Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona ) is located in the old town, in Raval, near Be Hostels. As a public entity, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) assumes responsibility for disseminating contemporary art, offering a diverse range of visions, and generating critical debates on art and culture, while aspiring to reach increasingly diverse audiences. MACBA is an open institution where citizens can find a space of public representation, and also prioritizes education and innovation in its field. All of the above, in addition to its commitment to heritage preservation and networking with other institutions, place MACBA at the forefront of the art system in Catalonia and confirm Barcelona’s position as a world art capital and an international benchmark.



Antoni Tàpies was a painter, sculptor and art theorist, who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation. The Foundation was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. It combines the organisation of temporary exhibitions, symposia, lectures and film seasons with a range of publications to go with the activities and periodic shows of Antoni Tàpies’ work. The Fundació owns one of the most complete collections of Tàpies’ work, mostly made up of donations by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies.



Antoni Gaudí is one of the outstanding figures of Catalan culture and international architecture. The Gaudí House Museum in Park Güell, which was officially opened on 28 September 1963, was the residence of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926) from 1906 until late-1925. Today, this private centre is open to the public to give the visitor a more intimate glimpse of the Catalan architect.  The house conserves both the memory of Gaudí and many examples of furniture and other objects that he designed. Crucial to forming an idea of how the great Catalan architect worked, these works also illustrate the craft production system in Catalonia during the Art Nouveau period.


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F.C. Barcelona is one of the most famous football teams around the world. Barça has more than 200.000 partners around the world and is one of the most followed teams in social networks. Visitors can learn all about Barça’s history by visiting their museum, which was remodeled in 2010, changing the experience of visiting the museum into a 2.0 experience that carries you across F.C. Barcelona’s history. The 2010 remodel split the museum into three parts: a 3D cinema, audiovisual touch-screens, and information on the history of FC Barcelona. The first part includes a collection of photos, documents and trophies detailing the club’s history on an interactive glass wall, allowing visitors to touch the screens and see the information wall. The glass wall, equipped with lazer technology, allows for the exhibition of video, images and music through user-feedback.



The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death. The Museum has undergone successive renovations and expansions, and it’s currently starting to develop new programmes, activities and services to become a reference place, envisaged to spread knowledge and to foster the visitor’s participation and critical views. The Museum wishes to be a dialogue space, exploring new approaches to Picasso’s work and influence and offering new perspectives on the Museum Collection.


There are a lot of other museums in Barcelona as well. Some of them are in the Raval quarter, near our Barcelona Hostels. Book your accommodation with us and enjoy Barcelona culture!


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