Updated Aug 31 2023
Barcelona’s Picasso Museum (officially Museu Picasso) is located in an incomparable setting, with five huge buildings and mansions which date from the 13th and 15th centuries in the district of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera-Born.
The museum was the idea of Jaume Sabartés, a very good friend and also Personal Secretary to Pablo Picasso. Thanks to Pablo Picasso’s generosity in donating many of his works to Barcelona’s city council, what is now one of the city’s most-visited museums was founded in 1963.
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After the death of Jaume Sabartés, Pablo Picasso wanted to honour his memory by donating a work that he had painted for him many years beforehand, as well as 58 of his interpretations of Velázquez’s Las Meninas, and figures from it. He also committed to give regular donations towards the upkeep of the museum, a promise that he more than met.
Thanks to all of these donations as well as some acquisitions by the museum themself, Barcelona’s Picasso Museum currently has a collection of over 3800 of the Malaga-born painter’s works, which makes it one of the world’s most important museums.
The permanent collection of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona
The period of Picasso’s artistic activity that is most represented in the museum is that of his youth, which makes it the best place to learn first-hand about the painter’s formative years.
Man in a beret, 1895
Paisatge muntanyenc, 1896
Portrait of aunt Pepa, 1896
Portrait of the artist’s father, 1896
Self portrait, 1896
Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1896
The wait (Margot), 1901
Bodegón (still life), 1901
Las Meninas, 1957
Painter working, 1965
Alongside the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, the Picasso Museum often organizes all sorts of activities, some which are related to Picasso’s works and some not, for example the guided visits that explore the medieval courtyards of the museum.
It goes without saying that visiting Barcelona’s Picasso Museum is a must if you are interested in Picasso’s work, and the fact that on selected days at certain times you can enter free of charge is an excellent move by the museum, since it makes one of the city’s most important museums accessible to everyone.
Thursday: from 17:00h to 20:00h.
First Sunday of the month: during all opening hours.
Open doors: 12th February, 18th May and 24th September.
The only drawback is that huge queues form outside the museum on these days, and the museum itself is much busier than usual.
Where is the Picasso Museum in Barcelona? Map and how to get there
c/ (street) Montcada 15-23, Barcelona.
Monday to Sunday:, from 10.00 to 20.00.
24 and 31 december:, from 09.00 to 14.00.
5 January:, from 09.00 to 14.00.
Closed: every Monday, closed 1 January, 1 May, 24 June, 25 and 26 December.
General admission: Museum and temporary exhibition €12€.
Concessions: €7 for under-25s and senior citizens (over 65) with identification and unemployed.
Free entry: Under-18s, members of ICOM and accredited teachers. Free entry is also available to everyone the hours and days indicated above.