Barcelona’s museums
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There are more museums in Barcelona than in most cities of the world, and many of them are very well-known tourist destinations. From museums of art, some as well-known as the Picasso Museum and the Museum of the Fundació Joan Miró, to historical museums such as the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA) and other, much less famous museums such as the Museu del Perfum (the Perfume Museum).

Unlike in many other cities, you have to pay to get into most of Barcelona’s museums, but it isn’t very expensive – usually from 5 to 10 euros, but the cost is usually reduced for children, senior citizens and groups. You can also receive substantial discounts with the Barcelona Card, which also includes free travel on Barcelona’s public transport network. You can gain free access to many of Barcelona’s museums, and in particular those run by the city or regional council, on the last Sunday of the month, or every Sunday after 3pm. In each page where we give you more information about what we think are the best museums, you’ll also find their opening hours plus the ticket prices.

The most interesting museums to visit

As we’ve already mentioned, Barcelona has a huge number of museums, and the amount is increasing every year, with new additions such as the Museum of Inventions and Ideas (MIBA). We have given you more detailed information about some of the most outstanding, either due to their international reputation or because, in our modest opinion, we think they are well worth a visit and might give you a slightly different perspective on the city.

Fundació Joan Miró
The work of Joan Miró, painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramist born in Barcelona in 1893, is considered one of the greatest examples of surrealism....

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Barcelona Mammoth Museum
The Barcelona Mammoth Museum (in Catalan Museu del Mamut) is one of the most striking and authentic museums in the city. Located right in the heart...

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Barcelona Wax Museum
Within walking distance of La Rambla, a small passage leads you to a wonderful building of neoclassical architecture, which was designed in 1867 to...

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Barcelona Perfume Museum
The Barcelona Perfume Museum (in Catalan and originally Museu del Perfum) is probably one of the least-known museums that the city has to offer; its...

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Gaudí House Museum
The Gaudí House Museum (in Catalan Casa Museu Gaudí) is situated within Park Güell and visited by hundreds of tourists each day. There’s surely...

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Museu Frederic Marès
The Museu Frederic Marès is a museum named after its founder, an artist who collected a huge number of works of art and objects of all kinds,...

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Museu Gastronòmic
Barcelona’s Gastronomic Museum, known also by its Catalan name of Museu Gastronòmic, is a museum dedicated to the world of Catalan cuisine. Being...

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Museu de la Música Barcelona
Officially known by its Catalan name of Museu de la Música, Barcelona’s Music Museum houses an important collection of musical instruments, giving...

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Set up in 1984 by Antoni Tàpies himself as a museum as well as a centre for studies, conservation and cultural awareness, the Fundació Antoni...

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El Born Cultural Centre
El Born Cultural Centre, also known as Born CC, is home to a magnificent archaeological site, with remains of Barcelona from the 1700s, around which...

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Barcelona Erotic Museum
Conceived as an informative, as well as curious and fun museum, the Erotic Museum of Barcelona shows us how Erotica has evolved from the beginnings...

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Barcelona Egyptian Museum
Barcelona’s Egyptian Museum, run by the archaeological foundation Clos, is one of the leading Egyptian museums, and since it opened in 1984 it...

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