In Barcelona there are museums and art exhibitions to suit all tastes. The world’s most important collection of Romanesque art is housed in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which showcases 1,000 years of Catalan art. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), showcase artworks of quite a different style. As far as collections devoted to single artists are concerned, the Museu Picasso, Fundació Joan Miró and Fundació Antoni Tàpies are among the most important.
In its thirst for culture, Barcelona is also remarkable for its extremely varied offering of music where there is room for every genre (classical music, opera, ballet and modern music in all their guises). Among its concert halls we highlight the opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which stands halfway down the Rambla; the Palau de la Música Catalana, a modernista wonder and L’Auditori, home of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC), with its musical programme that encompasses a variety of styles.
Theatre is another of the artistic creations that occupy centre stage on Barcelona’s cultural landscape. The Ciutat del Teatre, Barcelona Teatre Musical and the
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya have contributed to raising the profile of the theatre performances the city offers throughout the year. And in summer, the Teatre
Grec is the setting for one of the most important dates on Europe’s cultural calendar: the Grec Festival de Barcelona. The city’s festivals deserve a special mention. Barcelona hosts more than 150 a year, including Sonar, an impressive showcase for the latest musical trends and new developments in the electronic arts for professionals and businesses; Primavera Sound; the BCN Guitar Festival; and the International Jazz Festival. Also worth mentioning is the fact that, in 2010, UNESCO awarded the human towers, or castells, Intangible Cultural Heritage status. The castells are one of the most authentic and unique cultural manifestations in Europe, and can be traced back more than 200 years.
Discounts for museums, exhibition centres and cultural and leisure attractions visits
This card offers free admission and discounts of up to 100% at the city’s main museums and cultural and leisure attractions.
Multi-ticket providing admission to six of the city’s museums and galleries: the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Museu Picasso. Valid for 6 months/
Multi-ticket providing admission to four museums with archaeological collections: Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombí, Museu Egipci de Barcelona, Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA-Plaça del Rei) and Museu Marítim de Barcelona. Valid for 1 year.
MACBA-MUSEU D’ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona brings together a major collection of works focusing on the production of art over the past 50 years. The light and airy museum building was designed by the North American architect Richard Meier.
Pl. dels Àngels, 1 (08001)
934 120 810
Open: Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri: 11am-7.30pm;
Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun and public holidays: 10am-3pm;
Tue, except public holidays: closed
MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART DE CATALUNYA
Catalonia’s foremost museum showcasing 1,000 years of Catalan art, which is completed with works from the rest of Spain and Europe. Works spanning the Romanesque period (with highlights including frescoes from churches in the Vall de Boí) to the avant-garde of the early 20th century.
Parc de Montjuïc
Open: 1st October-30th April: Tue-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun and public holidays: 10am-3pm
1st May-30th September: Tue-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun and public holidays: 10am-3pm
FUNDACIÓ FRAN DAUREL
Private collection including more than 200 contemporary works by renowned artists such as Dalí, Barceló, Chillida, Tàpies and Saura, as well as 20 ceramics by Picasso.
Poble Espanyol de Barcelona
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia
Open: Mon: 10am-6.30pm; Tue-Sun and public holidays: 10am-7pm
FUNDACIÓ VILA CASAS. CAN FRAMIS
Can Framis is a contemporary art centre housed in an old factory complex built in the early 19th century and located in the 22@ technology district in Poblenou.
Showcases the picture collection of the Fundació, it has around 300 works on show and temporary exhibitions.
Open: Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm; Sun: 11am-2pm; Mon, public holidays, Easter, August and Christmas: closed
MUSEU DEL MODERNISME CATALÀ (MMCAT)
Housed in a former textile mill, it gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a cultural attraction devoted exclusively to art from Catalonia’s art-nouveau, or modernista, period. The collection on display includes 350 works by 42 of the most representative modernista artists, including Josep Llimona, Joaquim Mir and Puig i Cadafalch, and covers all its different disciplines: painting, sculpture, furniture and the decorative arts.
Balmes, 48 (08007)
932 722 896
Open: Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun and public holidays: 10am-2pm
MUSEU EUROPEU D’ART MODERN – MEAM
The MEAM is housed inside the Palau Gomis, an interesting, 18th-century neoclassical building which showcases the finest figurative contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum includes paintings and sculptures by artists from around the world.
Barra de Ferro
Open: Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm; Mon: closed
CASA MUSEU GAUDÍ
The house designed by Francesc Berenguer where Gaudí lived from 1906 until 1926. The museum contains personal objects and mementoes.
Ctra. del Carmel
Open: October-March: daily, 10am-6pm
April-September: daily, 10am-8pm
FUNDACIÓ FRANCISCO GODIA
Home to the Francisco Godia collection, one of Spain’s most important private art holdings. It includes masterpieces of medieval art, ceramics and modern and
Open: Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 10am-3pm; Tue: closed
MUSEU FREDERIC MARÈS
The museum is a key centre for sculpture and collecting from the ancient world to the 19th century. A number of years ago it launched new links with contemporary art.
Pl. de Sant Iu
Open: Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm; Sun and public holidays: 11am-8pm;
Mon, except public holidays: closed
FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ
The Fundació Joan Miró is housed in a magnificent building designed by Josep Lluís Sert and showcases the most important public collection in the world of Joan Miró’s works: an ensemble of 300 paintings, 150 sculptures, over 5,000 drawings and his complete graphic art.
Parc de Montjuïc
Open: October-June: Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm
July-September: Tue-Sat: 10am-8pm; Thu: 10am-9.30pm; Sun and public holidays: 10am-2.30pm;
Mon, except public holidays: closed
The Casa Milà, known locally as “La Pedrera” (Catalan for stone quarry) is one of the most unique and famous buildings by the architect Antoni Gaudí. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admission includes a visit to the attic space, the Espai Gaudí, the rooftop and period apartment, which recreates the home of an early 20th-century Barcelona family.
Open: 3rd March-2nd November: daily, 9am-8pm (last admission 7.30pm)
3rd November-2nd March: daily, 9am-6.30pm (last admission 6pm)
The Museu Picasso is housed in five Gothic palazzos on Carrer Montcada. Essential for anyone wishing to gain an insight into the artist’s formative years. Highlights include works from the Blue Period, works from 1917 and the Las Meninas series, which looks afresh at Velázquez’s masterpiece.
Open: Tue-Sun and public holidays: 9am-7pm; Thu: 9am-9.30pm; Mon, except public holidays: closed
BASÍLICA DE LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA
You can currently visit the three completed façades, the naves, the apse and museum. They provide an insight into the past, present and future of the church through models, photos, plans, decorative objects and audiovisual displays.
Open: October-March: daily, 9am-6pm April-September: daily, 9am-8pm