Every corner of Barcelona teems with art, architecture and history and unsurprisingly, there’s a number of dedicated places that celebrate all three. Whether you’re uncovering the political history of Barcelona’s favourite football club or exploring Gaudi’s greatest buildings through VR, here’s a guide to the top museums in Barcelona below that’ll have you covered.
Antoni Gaudi designed some of the most fascinating buildings in the world and it’s only befitting that he’d have a dedicated museum in his hometown. Nestled in the heart of the city, it’s a fantastic way to see into the mind of the architect and see scaled down models of his work, as he preferred to design from miniatures rather than blueprints. There’s also a fantastic digital exhibition that incorporates video, VR and audio for an all-encompassing and interactive experience of his works.
The Gaudi Exhibition Centre is free for those with a Barcelona Pass.
If you’re a massive footie fan, then a visit to Camp Nou is a must. As the biggest football stadium in all of Europe, it’s also the headquarters of Barcelona FC and its public museum. Learn about the football club’s humble beginnings and its Swiss founder Joan Gamper, as well as how they united Catalonia during the Franco era with their motto: more than just a club.
Barcelona Pass holders receive free entry to the Barcelona FC Tour.
Discover the man behind the fractured faces at Museu Picasso, which details the life and works of the Spanish artist. As a jack of all trades, this museum is full of his paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other works, however unfortunately a number of his greatest masterpieces have been snatched up by MoMA and the Tate. Many of the 3500 works here will give you an insight into his early work and his how his skills matured over the years.
This modern art museum can be spotted by its otherworldly structure atop a hill, offering gorgeous views over the city. Built by the artist Joan Miro himself, its powerhouse collection spans Miro’s works over the years from vibrant sculptures to minimal prints. A number of touring exhibition pass through its halls as well, bringing a dose of post-2000s artwork to one of the masters of the 1900s.