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Best Museums in Barcelona

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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Designed by Richard Meier, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in an aptly modern building with a glass facade and striking white color. It combines elements of contemporary American architecture with the Mediterranean rationalist tradition. The museum opened to the public in 1995, showing a permanent collection of work produced over the last 50 years and donated by the city's other artistic institutions. Visitors will also find regular temporary exhibitions featuring Spanish and international artists, as well as lectures, seminars, and audiovisual competitions on offer. If you like art, culture, and all things modern, swing by the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Picasso Museum

Barcelona's tribute to one of its adopted sons, the Picasso Museum displays a fabulous collection across three adjoining medieval palaces. Although the famous Cubist artist was actually born in Málaga, his long artistic career started in Barcelona. Visitors to this museum will see important early works in various mediums, including engraving, lithography, and pottery. The best-known pieces on display at the Picasso Museum are the Harlequin, a portrait of one of Picasso's wives, and the Las Meninas series. Regular temporary exhibits focus on different aspects of the artist's legacy like his research on landscapes and foray into theater design. Additionally, there are some works by other artists from the avant-garde movement on display, rounding out the experience.

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Catalonia History Museum

Housed in a 19th-century warehouse on the Barcelona port, this museum was created to preserve, exhibit, and disseminate Catalonian history. It is a dynamic and contemporary cultural center where the past is brought to life through artifacts, documents, historical re-creations, mixed media presentations, and interactive displays. Beyond regular exhibitions, there are also learning opportunities in the form of historical archives and libraries, as well as a dedicated educational department. Move from prehistoric times to the modern era, explore with a topographic model of Catalonia under your feet, wind down on the rooftop terrace with hot coffee and exquisite vistas, then swing by the souvenir shop on your way out.

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Museu de la Música

In 1946, a group of music enthusiasts that began collecting musical artifacts in 1921 finally found a place to house and display them, beginning the Museu de la Música. You'll find more than 1000 musical instruments from different eras and corners of the world at this museum, including impressive collections of pianos, trumpets, accordions, and Spanish guitars, as well as a curious collection of unique prototypes. Tours of the Museu de la Música take visitors through the history and development of music from the Baroque period all the way to contemporary compositions. A special section has also been dedicated exclusively to Catalan music. Between its musical and historical values, this museum is a quality cultural attraction in Barcelona.

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Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

The permanent exhibition at the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia traces the settlement of Catalunya and the Balearic Islands from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. The most outstanding artifacts found here include remains from Iberian, Greek, and Roman sites, including the Greek statue of Asclepius, which was discovered among ruins in the 3rd century BCE. There are also brilliant models and illustrations showing how cavemen lived in this region in the distant past. Everyone is invited to visit the museum, which offers special facilities for the visually impaired, as well as a restoration laboratory and educational department. Come check out the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia!

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Joan Miró Foundation

Established by surrealist artist Joan Miró, this institute was founded to support the study of contemporary art. It was built by architect Josep Lluís Sert who was also a close friend to Miró and member of the Catalan art scene. Its outstanding octagonal tower houses a concert hall that puts on classical music performances, and the striking building also houses a permanent collection of Miró's art. Large canvases mingle with tapestries while engravings complement photographs. Given the eclectic stylings of its honored artist, the institute showcases a number of disciplines and aesthetics. There are also a café-restaurant and souvenir shop onsite, promising plenty of comfort for visitors to the Joan Miró Foundation.

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National Art Museum of Catalunya

Built in 1990, the National Art Museum of Catalonia offers the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world, including some real gems from the Pyrenean region. Other pieces housed in the collection demonstrate diversity through such mediums as carving, sculpture, wood paintings, and glazed objects. Also found in the museum are uniques works like intricate altarpieces and gold and silver ornaments. You'll enjoy a selection of Gothic period paintings by 14th- and 15th-century Catalan School artists alongside those of their counterparts from across Spain and Europe. Art lovers will enjoy a healthy dose of local art at the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

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CosmoCaixa Barcelona

CosmoCaixa Barcelona is one of Barcelona's main visitor attractions, an interactive and educational experience for adults and children alike. There are special children's activities that are designed to stimulate young minds and encourage interests in science. Regular educational workshops take place where children can experiment with scientific phenomena like heat, electricity, atmospheric pressure, and sound. Each of its rooms explores a specific field, including mechanics, optics, meteorology, and computer science. There is also a planetarium onsite that explains aspects of astronomy. Leave it to the research time at CosmoCaixa Barcelona to put together fun and educational temporary exhibits. All you have to do is drop by.

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Centre de la Imatge

Built in 1777, the Centre de la Imatge is tucked into the Palau de la Virreina, a building best known for being home to the Viceroy of Peru and his wife. It is located in the central district of El Raval, which has seen a significant cultural resurgence in recent years, showcasing distinctive architecture and lending a lively spirit to the area surrounding this attraction. The museum first opened to the public in 1935 for an exhibition of Fortuny's oil painting 'The Print Collector.' A popular attraction among art enthusiasts, it is now home to various exhibitions and an exciting permanent collection. Take a guided tour or visit on your own. Just don't miss this doubly special attraction.

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