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One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Barcelona native Joan Miro commissioned his good friend Josep Lluis Sert to design a museum for contemporary art bathed in natural light.
Inside (and out on the terraces, overlooking Barcelona) are Miro’s own playful, surreal, brilliantly colourful paintings, sculptures and textiles, as well as works by other major artists (notably Alexander Calder’s Mercury Fountain).
The Foundation also hosts some of the city’s top temporary exhibitions.
Getting there & doing it
There are several ways to get there: the most exciting is the historic cable car from Barceloneta up to Montjuïc, suspended high over the port, with spectacular views: from the Montjuïc station it’s then about a 15-minute walk. Alternatively, take the funicular (Telefèric de Montjuïc) up the hill from the metro Paral-lel; or catch buses 50, 55 or 193 (Parc Montjuïc bus) from the Plaça Espanya, or taxis (about 15 minutes from Plaça de Catalunya).
In summer, it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance with Telentrada. Or pick up the Articket BCN, which offers seven art venues within one good-value ticket. For lunch or snacks, there’s a reasonably priced bar-restaurant inside the museum with a pretty garden terrace. Allow around two hours for your visit.
When to do it
Like all of Barcelona’s top museums, it’s less crowded in winter, or early or late in the day. Although it’s not a big deal, it’s also better on a sunny day with the light streaming through.
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