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Last updated: 06 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Great art is in Barcelona’s blood. Although much was lost in the city’s turbulent past, the Catalan National Art Museum has the world’s greatest collection of Romanesque murals, salvaged from remote Pyrenean chapels; both Picasso and Miro, Barcelona’s 20th-century masters, were inspired by their bold otherworldly figures. The same museum has a treasure trove of elegant, courtly Gothic art from Barcelona’s golden age, notably by the great Jaume Huguet.

The city’s second golden age, beginning in the late 19th century, produced Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusinol avant-garde painters headquartered at the Quatre Gats cafe that cultivated the young Picasso.

Other key figures include theorist and abstract expressionist Antoni Tapies, one of the leading figures of 20th-century art in Europe; the famous conceptual artist Angels Ribe; Agusti Puig, heir of Picasso and Miro; and the jovial street artist El Pez.

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Antoni Tapies Foundation

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

front facade of the red brick building, home to the

This major collection of the works of the late, great Abstract Expressionist Antoni Tapies is stored in a stunning Modernista building.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

CaixaForum

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

View of external facade with big white banner on building

A magnificent, red-brick Modernista factory now converted into a superb Catalan cultural centre, with edgy permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

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Can Framis

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

External view of the main entrance

Check out Barcelona’s current art scene in this strikingly renovated factory building, featuring works produced in the last 50 years.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

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KBr Barcelona Photo Center

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

view of exterior facade

Set in the waterfront MAPFRE skyscraper, this gallery has brilliant, ever-changing exhibitions by world-famous photographers.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

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Miro Foundation

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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External view of the building facade

Luminous museum of modern and contemporary art, housing the world’s top collection of works by Joan Miro. Set in a striking rationalist-style building, designed by Josep Lluis Sert.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 18+

Moco Museum Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Moco Museum Barcelona

A privately-owned museum that specialises in contemporary art and exhibitions from famous artists such as Banksy, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Salvador Dali.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 13+

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Picasso Museum Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Interior view of the Picasso Museum showing paintings on the white walls

Absorbing collection of early and late works by Picasso, in a beautiful Gothic palace. The collection includes Picasso’s 58 paintings inspired by Velazquez’s Las Meninas.

Adult price: £11

Best for ages 18+

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: Any

Who to go with: organised tours

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Barcelona Street Art Graffitti Bicycle Tour

Barcelona

Barcelona Street Art Graffitti Bicycle Tour
Jump on a bike with us and let's take a morning ride along the beach to Barcelona’s up and coming neighborhood of Poble Nou, where the remains of the industrial revolution meets the ever expanding digital revolution.  Being home to the largest and newest street art murals by some of the Europe’s top street artists, this a fantastic opportunity to see these colorful works of street art up close.

Price: €32

Min age: 7

Rating 4.91 / 5 [335 ratings]

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Skip the Line: National Art Museum of Catalonia Entrance Ticket

Barcelona

Skip the Line: National Art Museum of Catalonia Entrance Ticket
Permanent collection of the National Art Museum of Catalonia The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya takes visitors on an uninterrupted journey through a thousand years of Catalan art from the 10th to the 20th centuries. The museum houses the world’s finest collection of Romanesque frescoes and works by the leading exponents of the Catalan art nouveau movement, modernisme, including Gaudí and Casas. A visit to the rooftop viewing point, with its panoramic views of the city, is the perfect way to round off your visit. The museum also offers different temporary exhibitions: Antoni Fabrés (from 08/31/2019 to 09/29/2019) El Víbora. Comix contracultural (from 21/06/2019 to 29/09/2019) Oriol Maspons (from 05/07/2019 to 12/01/2020)

Price: €12

Min age: 6

Rating 4.40 / 5 [141 ratings]

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Raval Street Art and Graffiti Guided Tour in Barcelona

Barcelona

Raval Street Art and Graffiti Guided Tour in Barcelona
Walk through the Open Air Museum of Barcelona. Raval, also known as the “barrio Xino”, Raval is the antic popular neighbourhood of the city centre. You’ll be guided through its authentic streets, where graffiti still lives actively amongst occupied houses, big murals and hidden spots. Come and discover some major pieces by artists such as SIXE and C215, and hang around in the legendary skate spot Tres Chemineas.

Price: €27

Min age: 0

Rating 4.82 / 5 [63 ratings]

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Barcelona Art and Tapas Small Group Walking Tour with Picasso Museum

Barcelona

Barcelona Art and Tapas Small Group Walking Tour with Picasso Museum
Combine art and eating on this 4-hour-long tapas bar crawl and exploration of Barcelona's art museums. In a small group of no more than eight, visit the Picasso Museum and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as MACBA, and enjoy authentic tapas (small plates) at various local bars along the way.

Price: €130

Min age: 3

Rating 4.85 / 5 [27 ratings]

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Barcelona 4-Hour Picasso Museum and Private Walking Tour of Borne or Gothic Quarter

Barcelona

Barcelona 4-Hour Picasso Museum and Private Walking Tour of Borne or Gothic Quarter
Great opportunity to enjoy a cultural and artistic private tour in a cosmopolitan city like Barcelona. Take a tour with your own private guide inside the Picasso Museum and after that get a chance to enjoy your own private tour in the Borne or the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Enjoy a tour with your own private guide in one of the most emblematic museums of Barcelona. Pablo Picasso is a genius of the art and this tour will give you a perspective of his works. In this museum you can find more than 4200 works in the permanent collection. Once this tour is finished, accompanied by your private guide you can enjoy a two-hour private walking tour either in the Borne area or the Gothic Quarter. You will be able to enjoy monuments like: Basilique of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona's Santa Eulalia's Cathedral, and other great and unique corners, and maybe even the old wall of Barcelona with hundred of years of history.

Price: €244

Min age: 0

Rating 4.55 / 5 [9 ratings]

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Barcelona

Catalonia, Spain

Close up of the spires of La Sagrada Familia

Spain’s cultural heart has unforgettable architecture, a pioneering arts scene, creative cuisine and nightlife that buzzes till dawn.

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