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Best Museums in Barcelona

November 25, 2013

We all love a great beach and great clubs to visit during the night, and sometimes our vacation ends up being an endless of cycle of the two. But with the museums in Barcelona, you’ll want to set an early alarm clock on your mobile to see as many as you can.

Regardless if you’ve got a very intense lifestyle or you just want to rest and lay in the beach all day, you’ve still got to choose the best museums you for yourself.

Bear in mind that even if the museums in Barcelona are listed here under order, all of them are great and should be visited if possible, so choose as many as you can up to the point that you can just pick them out of a hat.

1. Picasso Museum

Originally the museum was supposed to be opened in Picasso’s birth city of Málaga, but due to his connections with Barcelona, it was decided that it would be the best choice. What is remarkable about this museum is that you see his growth as an artist and as a person along with a big collection of sketches. You see his journey to become the great artist he had become. Highlights of the museum include Picasso’s The First Communion and Science and Charity.

2. Fundacio Joan Miro

Surely the best museum to ever hold Joan Miró’s work, which has exposed his art to the eyes and hearts of many. Created by Miró in 1971, it shows Barcelona’s best-known painter’s work from very early sketches to his last pieces. The beautiful building was designed by his friend Josep Lluís Sert (former head of Harvard University’s School Of Design), and is considered one of the most beautiful museum buildings in the world. The foundation houses 220 paintings, 180 sculptures, over 8000 drawings and some textiles, and exhibits show Miró’s life and artistic development in a way never done before. You can also find Miró’s personal book collection in the museum library, and see the Jardí de Escultures (Sculpture Garden) outside, which is also a Wi-Fi zone. The museum’s green surroundings are also a perfect place to rest or have a picnic.

3. Basilica i Temple Expiatori de La Sagrada Familia Museum

Both the museum and the basilica which holds it are beautiful sights. La Sagrada Família is one of the most famous Barcelona landmarks. Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work, construction started in 1882, relying on private donations, and still hasn’t finished. By 2010 over 50% of it was complete, and it is expected to be finished in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. The museum holds many of Gaudí’s drawings, photographs, blueprints and other documents showing the construction of the church which has been called “the most extraordinary interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

4. Dali Museum

Although not in Barcelona itself, this museum is a must-see. Located in his hometown of Figueres, you can get there through a short train ride or a drive, and you won’t regret it. It is one of the most popular and interesting museums in Spain, and holds an enormous collection of his work. Dalí and the Mayor of Figueres decided to create the museum on a theater building left in ruins after the Spanish Civil War, and the building itself is a work of art too.

5. Catalonia History Museum

Showing Catalonia from the Stone Age until the present day, this museum is housed in what was formerly known as the Palace of the Sea. Deemed unmissable by most visitors, it is very interactive and suitable for both adults and children too. Exhibits include a Middle Ages chapel, a crusader’s tent and sword which you can pick up, a twentieth century tram you can drive and a bomb shelter from the Spanish Civil War. Be sure to pick up the free guide available at the beginning (return it at the end of the tour), as most notes and signs are in Catalan.

6. Museu Futbol Club Barcelona

For football/soccer fans, this museum will leave you in awe with its 3D cinema, interactive touchscreen displays and a myriad of items related to FC Barcelona’s history all at Camp Nou. It consists of three sections: the first consists of photos, documents and trophies detailing the club’s history, together with an interactive touchscreen glass wall that displays information, videos, images and music. The second is an art gallery, with many works by famous local artists such as Dalí, Miró and Tàpies (all of which have their own museums in Barcelona, too). Finally, the third section is the Futbolart Collection, housing a number of football memorabilia from throughout the club’s history, including every trophy the club has ever won. Second to the Picasso museum, it is the most visited one in Barcelona, with 1.2 million visitors a year.

7. Maritime Museum

Located in the Reials Drassanes (Royal Dockyars) in the bottom of Ramblas, it is the biggest and most complete old shipyard conserved in the world. The dockyard dates back to 1378, and has animated presentations, interactive displays and an enormous exhibition with model ships, drawings, replicas, paintings, figureheads and an interactive exhibition called “The Great Adventure of the Sea”.

8. CosmoCaixa

Formerly known as the Science Museum and now part of the Fundació laCaixa, it holds fascinating temporary and permanent exhibitions. Some of its highlights include the Flooded Forest, which recreates no less than 3,280ft²/1,000m² of an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem through plants and animals too, the Geological Wall with seven sections of real rock to showcase the world’s structures, the Room of Matter  showing the evolution of matter and life in our planet with experiments, real pieces and live beings, and finally the Planetarium, which takes you through space, time, stars and planets. The museum building, recently extended, is also as admirable as the museum itself.

Also, when going to Barcelona, you can save up to 10% in some tickets when you buy them through http://www.barcelonaturisme.com!

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-Mariya Tugayeva

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Maria Tugayeva
Mariya is a Marketing guru and writer, with a world experience from living and growing up in different countries. Her work quote is: "In a word: pleasure. It's like, my pleasure in other people's leisure." -Daniel "Spud" Murphy, Trainspotting