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Museum Guide for Barcelona

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Barcelona is well known for its incredible cultural offerings - from Gaudí’s impressive architecture to amazing works by the artist Picasso. But there are also a few hidden gems to explore, including crowd-less museums where you can enjoy the cultural beauty of the city in more peaceful surroundings. Whatever your interests are, follow my guide and enjoy a slightly different cultural weekend in Barcelona.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Camp Nou

Arenas & Stadiums

Poble Espanyol

Speciality Museums

CaixaForum

Civic Centres

Museo Picasso de Barcelona

Speciality Museums

Casa Mila - La Pedrera

Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Barcelona Pavilion

Architectural Buildings

CosmoCaixa

Speciality Museums, Science Museums

Torre Bellesguard Antoni Gaudi

Castles, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Art Museums, Art Galleries

Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

History Museums

Lara V's City Tips

  • By using the Barcelona Tourist Bus, you’ll receive vouchers to spend in different restaurants and shops around the city.
  • Buy the Barcelona Card and get a 20% discount on some museum entrance fees, plus free admission to some of the smaller ones.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings when you’re in crowded areas such as Las Ramblas.
  • The Barcelona Tourist Bus is a good option for exploring the city. You can get on and off as many times as you like, at any of the 45 stops on their three different routes.
  • Try to eat off the tourist track to enjoy the tastiest dishes and better value-for-money meals.
  • Don't eat at the museums. Explore the Spanish bars in the surrounding areas, and enjoy a typical meal of tortilla, croquetas, jamón and a glass of Spanish wine.
  • Camp Nou
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Lara V Says:

    Barcelona may mean culture, good food, sun and seaside, but it also means football—and Barcelona Football Club is an important piece of the city's history. Whether or not F.C. Barcelona is ´your team´, if you're a fan of football, you're sure to enjoy a visit here. The museum has all the team's trophies on display, and of course is housed in the biggest stadium in Europe!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the dressing rooms. They are incredibly huge!
    • A guided audio tour makes for a more relaxed visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Camp Nou 22/04/2019
    • My teens dream came true 22/04/2019
    • Camp Nou
    Address:
    Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12
    Nou Camp
    08028 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 18 99 00
    Price range:
    US$44 - US$44
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Poble Espanyol
    Speciality Museums
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    Lara V Says:

    Originally built to last only six months, this temporary exhibition of Spanish architecture has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona. Strolling around this cultural village, you can explore traditionally made buildings from all over Spain. It's definitely the best way of visiting the whole country in just one day!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This park also houses the Fran Daurel Foundation of Contemporary Art, which contains important works by world-famous artists, including Picasso, Miró and Dali.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #196 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    • Weird: almost no flower displays in a flower festival & charging you to go shopping? 22/04/2019
    • Great day out - for kids and adults 18/04/2019
    • Poble Espanyol
    Address:
    Av Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 935 08 63 00
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Mon
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Tue - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Fri
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • CaixaForum
    Civic Centres
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    Lara V Says:

    Offering numerous concerts, exhibitions and workshops for a very cheap entrance fee, CaixaForum is a world of opportunity. The building itself (an old textile factory) is a sight to see - and whenever you choose to visit, there is sure to be something going on. I would especially recommend it to families, as the kids’ area is an adventure in itself!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the fantastic free view - from the museum's exceptional location, you can see the magic fountains.
    • Workshops, concerts and screenings are often available, and many events are designed especially for children.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Toulouse Lautrec, et al exhibition 27/01/2019
    • A fabulous museum housed in an incredible building! 25/01/2019
    • CaixaForum
    Address:
    Av. Ferrer i Guardia, 6-8
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 76 86 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Museo Picasso de Barcelona
    Speciality Museums
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    Lara V Says:

    Located in the trendy quarter of El Born, the Picasso Museum is my favourite cultural spot in the city. Occupying five 18th-century Catalonian palaces, it offers a rare opportunity to explore Picasso's early and lesser-known works, including those from his childhood.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are not in the mood for Picasso, I still highly recommend visiting to explore the beautiful museum buildings and patio.
    • There is a small area dedicated to Picasso’s work in ceramic.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I like some of it, I don't like some of it and I don't understand some of it.... 21/04/2019
    • worth a visit 20/04/2019
    • Museo Picasso de Barcelona
    Address:
    Carrer Montcada, 15-23
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 56 30 00
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tue - Wed
    9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Casa Mila - La Pedrera
    Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lara V Says:

    A jewel in the heart of the city, this impressive Gaudi-designed building is one of the most visited in Barcelona. It’s particularly well known for its curves - you won't find a 90-degrees angle anywhere in the whole building! This creative interior, plus stunning views from the roof, make La Pedrera a definite must-see!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to visit at sunset to enjoy the rooftop views over Barcelona.
    • Jazz night on the roof is a fabulous experience. Check the website for details about upcoming events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit partially spoiled by would be models photographers 21/04/2019
    • Amazing architecture... 21/04/2019
    • Casa Mila - La Pedrera
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 92
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 20 21 38
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Barcelona Pavilion
    Architectural Buildings
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    Lara V Says:

    If you are a fan of architecture, this is the place for you. Although other Barcelona attractions are close to this minimalist building in design, Pabellon Mies van der Rohe is normally an oasis of calm and has a particularly Zen environment that you can't help but fall in love with. It's a nice pause on your cultural route.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • On Saturdays, there is a free guided service in English available that will increase the enjoyment of your visit.
    • Temporary exhibitions and concerts are held here occasionally. Check the website before visiting.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • must-see 19/03/2019
    • Brilliant 04/03/2019
    • Barcelona Pavilion
    Address:
    Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 7
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 23 40 16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • CosmoCaixa
    Speciality Museums, Science Museums
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    Lara V Says:

    Hidden in CosmoCaixa Barcelona's interior is 1000 m2 of reproduced Brazilian rain forest, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience life in this unusual climate - without the long-haul flight!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This museum has many different areas. The best for kids is the ´Toca-toca´ (touch-touch) area.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under construction 🚧 22/04/2019
    • Super Scientifico! 20/04/2019
    • CosmoCaixa
    Address:
    Isaac Newton, 26
    08022 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 12 60 50
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Torre Bellesguard Antoni Gaudi
    Castles, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lara V Says:

    One of Gaudi’s lesser-known buildings, Torre Bellesguard is a must-see for fans of the architect. Forget the classical Gaudi buildings - this place is more like a small castle, and a rare living example of his versatility.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don’t forget to visit Gaudi’s favorite part of the building: the roof. Here you'll get stunning views of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gaudi 27/03/2019
    • Worthy of the entrance fee 27/03/2019
    • Torre Bellesguard Antoni Gaudi
    Address:
    Bellesguard 16-20
    08022 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 50 40 93
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
    Art Museums, Art Galleries
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    Lara V Says:

    Housed in a beautiful modern building, the Modern Art Museum features both an impressive permanent collection, and also an interesting temporary exhibitions program. If you're not passionate about modern art, I still recommend walking past, as the light-filled building itself is a sight not to miss.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • End your visit at La Central, the impressive museum bookshop.
    • The square in front of the museum is a skateboarder's paradise. Don’t hesitate to take some pics - join in!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #268 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    • Great space with an interesting permanent collection 30/03/2019
    • Interesting exhibits, English information available 20/02/2019
    • MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
    Address:
    1 Placa dels Angels
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 12 08 10
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Mon
    11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Wed - Fri
    11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
    History Museums
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    Lara V Says:

    If you're looking for a place where there is always something going on, the CCCB has you covered. Exhibitions, screenings, workshops, courses - every day is different at this Centre. However, CCCB is not only a museum - this is also a great place to meet local people, making it a must-visit for those hoping to experience a real slice of local culture.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Free wifi is available here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #135 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    • A contemporany cultural icon 04/04/2019
    • Viddy well, little brother! 03/12/2018
    • Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
    Address:
    Montalegre 5, El Raval
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 06 41 00
    Other:
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