Barcelona

Barcelona museums and exhibitions

Barcelona is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, a place that uniquely combines history and modernity. A beautiful and mysterious city, Barcelona was profoundly transformed on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games, when an ambitious urban redevelopment project renovated its historical assets and enriched it with modern public spaces, architectures, and museums.
There are many areas in Barcelona the traveler should not miss: the Rambla (not to be confused with the Rambla de Catalunya further north) with the Raval neighborhood to the west and the Barri Gòtic to the east; the medieval quarter of El Born with the Santa Maria del Mar church and the Picasso Museum; Eixample, the modernist neighborhood par excellence.
If you are keen to step a bit further, we suggest reaching the Parc de Montjuic with the Mirò Museum, the famous Parc Guell by Gaudì, or the characteristic Barceloneta neighborhood.
Traveling the city is pretty easy thanks to its excellent public transport network.
Final advice: Barcelona could be quite hot in Summer; do like the locals, avoid long walks at midday, it’s better to relax yourselves in one of the city’s parks or get a swim at one of its beaches. Below, you can find a selection of museums and cultural destinations in Barcelona, we have visited and reviewed, we suggest to you.

Cover image, an interior view of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona; © Inexhibit.


museums in Barcelona

Caixaforum Barcelona

Caixaforum Barcelona

Barcelona - Avenida Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
closed: open daily, except December 25, and January 1 and 6
The Caixaforum Barcelona is a renowned cultural center in Barcelona, whose historical building was renovated in 2002 after a design by Arata Isozaki
CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Barcelona - Montalegre, 5
closed: Mondays, December 25 and January 1
The CCCB is a cultural center and an exhibition venue in Barcelona, located in the Raval district, focused on the most innovative forms of contemporary art
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

Barcelona - Aragó, 255
closed: Mondays, January 1 and 6, and December 25 and 26
e Tàpies Foundation is a modern and contemporary art museum in Barcelona, whose collection presents several works of the Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies
MMB – Museu Marítim de Barcelona

MMB – Museu Marítim de Barcelona

Barcelona - Av. de les Drassanes s/n
closed: open every day, except 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January
The Museu Marítim is a museum in Barcelona dedicated to maritime history, sea exploration and shipbuilding, it is located in the Drassanes medieval shipyard
MUHBA Plaça del Rei – Barcelona City History Museum

MUHBA Plaça del Rei – Barcelona City History Museum

Barcelona - Plaça del Rei
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, June 24, and December 25
The MUHBA Plaça del Rei is a museum, and a monumental complex in the Gothic Quarter, focused on the history of Barcelona from antiquity to the Middle Ages
Museu Blau, Barcelona

Museu Blau, Barcelona

Barcelona - Plaça Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5 - Fòrum Park
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, June 24, and December 25
The Museu Blau, also known as Forum Building, is the main center of the Natural History Museum of Barcelona and an iconic architecture by Herzog & de Meuron
Museu del Disseny, The Design Museum of Barcelona

Museu del Disseny, The Design Museum of Barcelona

Barcelona - Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, June 24 and December 25
The Museu del Disseny is the most important museum in Barcelona dedicated to design, fashion and decorative arts, its main venue is the Disseny Hub
Museu Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

Museu Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

Barcelona - Baixada del Monestir, 9
closed: Mondays, and January 1, Good Friday, May 1, June 24, and December 25
The Museu Monestir de Pedralbes in Barcelona is a museum of history and a Catalan Gothic monumental complex dating back to the 14th century

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Barcelona | Over and under the sea

Barcelona | Over and under the sea

Two exhibitions currently running in the fascinating spaces of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona: Voyage Overseas and The challenge of underwater photography

External Reference’s sustainable catwalk is made of beer crates

External Reference’s sustainable catwalk is made of beer crates

A sustainable catwalk made of empty beer crates designed by External Reference for the Barcelona ModaFad fashion show

Barcelona | Yota Devices Pavilion by External Reference

Barcelona | Yota Devices Pavilion by External Reference

The pavilion of the Russian company Yota Devices, designed by External Reference Architects, was presented at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

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