Barcelona Museums and galleries

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Phil Kurthausen

Phil Kurthausen

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Alternative top 5 Barcelona galleries and museums

Barcelona is home to some of the best galleries and museums in Spain and the world.  We have curated a list of our favourites below.  If you need links to tickets for the big hitters, Picasso museum and Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya then scroll to the bottom for the links.  If you are after something a bit different then read on.

Fundació Antonio Tápies

The first time we saw the Fundació Antonio Tápies we were blown away by the building.  Trust us, inside, is even better.

A 20th century Catalonian artist, inspired by Miró, Picasso and Dali his work is influenced by the dark political times of the Franco era and suppression of Catalonian identity.  Expect work with wood, iron, nails and industrial materials.

Admission here is included in the 50% discount Barcelona Articket (which also includes entry to the Museu Picasso , MACBA, , Fundació Joan Miró , Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, CCCB) and should be your go to ticket for Barcelona Museums (from €35).

MACBA

Chances are you will hear the skateboarders before you even see the gorgeous white and glass building designed by Richard Meir that houses MACBA.

It’s in the Raval in Plaça de Àngels which has been turned into a giant open air skate park.

This is your go to place for modern art in Barcelona and we adore it!

If you buy the art ticket this is included in the price.

Fundació Joan Miró

The Fundació Joan Miró was founded by Joan Miró in 1968.

The museum consists of a permanent exhibition of Miró’s art with visiting exhibitions from other artists. 

It perches on the side of Montjuic and their are amazing vistas of the city from the rooftop so don’t forget your camera/phone!

If you buy the art ticket this is included in the price.

Street Art

Some of the most eye catching art in Barcelona is on the street.  You’ll see it everywhere, and there some real valuable works (see the Keith Haring wall next to MACBA for example).  And of course, it’s all free.

If you haven’t got much time you may want to take a tour of the street art.  We can recommend this bike tour of Barcelona’s street art.

Sant Pau Art Nouveau site

The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is Barcelona’s greatest art nouveau site.  This place is fabulous and only up the road from the Sagrada Familía. This is controversial but we like this place more.

A former hospital built by Gaudi’s mentor, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this was a hospital for the poor that was meant to make them feel like the rich. 

It is magical, fantastical and as you can tell, we love it!

You can get your tickets here.

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