Top 10 Museums in Barcelona- by The Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
There are many attractions and sights in Barcelona without going indoors to some of the city’s museums, but if you do fancy a spot of culture and history, then we’ve compiled a list of our favourite museums that we reccomend. It’s a Top 10, but in no particular order – they’re all great!
1. The Picasso Museum (Carrer Montcada, 15-23) is probably the most popular museum in the city if you work on official visitor numbers, and is a great stop off while exploring the old town and the Borne neighbourhood. Picasso’s father taught in a nearby school and the collection features drawings, paintings and sculptures, from all of his life.
2. The Chocolate Museum. A museum about chocolate deserves a space on any Top 10 list, right?! Well, this is actually part of the Pastry school on Carrer Comerç, and has a great workshop with window to see the great creations that the chocolatiers make for Easter – anything ranging from Houses and castles to Disney characters of Barça players!
3. MNAC is the National Museum of Catalan Art, and is a huge museum located in the palace just along from Plaça Espanya. This is a massive collection ranging from coins and photography to 13th century Gothic collections. The highlight though, has to be the Romanesque murals painstakingly taken from the abandoned churches around Catalunya and mounted here.
4. The Erotic Museum is about half way down Las Ramblas and we’ve kind of included this as a joke as it’s hardly a really cultural subject but is a good laugh, with some historical erotica from Japan and other countries as well as modern day objects and items you might also see in a local sex shop.
5. La Pedrera. The Attic of Casa Mila is a fantastic place to see some of Gaudi’s original plans for the majority of his work, including original blueprints, scale models and audio visual presentations with an insight into the wonderful mind of the famous architect. The Attic itself is a wonderfully designed floor, taking elements of nature and stretching the common rules of architecture.
6. Fundacio Joan Miro. The Catalan artist has a large display in a wonderful gallery space up on Montjüic, just along from the cable car. The collection covers several floors and a garden of a light, airy building with some stunning artwork and views of downtown Barcelona to compliment.
7. The city’s Maritime Museum is a grand reminder of just how important the old shipyards would have been to the Port Vell of Barcelona (old Port). Located on Drassanes Avenue, at the bottom of Las Ramblas, the museum has a thoroughly interesting look back through time at the port of the city, and also has a gallery with a guest exposition, too.
8. The City History Museum. Located in the Plaça del Rei in the Gothic Quarter, this fascinating labyrinth of underground corridors, chambers and altars dates as far back as Roman times and gives an idea of what the Romans knew as Barcino, and what is now Barcelona.
9. Wax Museum. We’ve partly included this for the great bar next door to the Wax Museum, called El Bosc de les Hades or the Forest of the Fairies! The wax museum itself is a mix-up of historical and comical figures, and is nothing to the standard of Madame Tussaudes for example. The Forest of the fairies bar though is great, complete with fake trees, trick mirrors and wax works and, of course, a fairy.
10. FC Barcelona. ¡Barça Barça Baaaaarça! The Catalan Giants have fans all over the world and if you’re lucky enough to be here whilst there’s a home game on, then try and get tickets (ask us for tips). Otherwise, take a trip to Camp Nou, and visit the museum and stadium tour. The tour involves a trip through the tunnel, dressing rooms, trophy cabinet and retail shop, which is fully stocked with everything you’ll need!