Tourist Information Guide

The Most Popular Museums in Barcelona

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There are over 55 museums in Barcelona covering a plethora of subjects including art, history, architecture, science, sports, war and maritime. On this page we've reviewed just a few of the most popular ones and provided you with links to their web sites for further information.

La Sagrada Familia (Gaudí)
La Pedrera (Gaudí)
Camp Nou (Barcelona FC museum)
Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB)
Museu d'Història de Catalunya
Maritime Museum
Catalan museum of archaeology
The Dalí Museum - In Figueres


Museu del Temple Expiatori de La Sagrada Familia

metroMetro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2) 2 minutes walk from metro.

museums in barcelona - antonio Gaudí sagrada familia
museums in Barcelona - Antonio Gaudí Sagrada Familia

The architecture of Barcelona has been most influenced by the work of Antoni Gaudí. One of Gaudí's greatest creations is the Sagrada Familia a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. This building is the number one most visited attraction in Barcelona catering to over 2,000,000 visitors per year.

Once you enter the Sagrada Familia you can visit the museum which is housed in the building. The museum details the history and development of the Sagrada Familia and also gives fascinating insights into Gaudí himself.

This museum offers a truly fascinating visit because you will see photos of the development of the Sagrada Familia from the present day back to its early beginnings. There's also a model of the Sagrada Familia depicting what it will look like once it's completed (predicted to happen in the next 30 years).

Due to the very high numbers of people that visit the Sagrada Familia this museum is one of the most visited and popular museums in Barcelona.

Location of Sagrada Familia to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of Sagrada Familia to the nearest metro stop. Click map for a magnified view.

Pictures of Sagrada Familia Learn more about the work of Antoni Gaudí's work.

Address:  La Sagrada Familia
Calle Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona, España

Opening hours:
October - March: 09:00 - 18:00
April - September: 09:00 - 20:00;
25 and 26 December, 01 January and 06 January: 09:00 - 14:00.

Admission:  €14.80  
Disabled Access: Yes

tip The entrance queues to the Sagrada Familia can be 1 to 2 hours at peak season, sometimes more. In addition to this inconvenience if the attraction reaches capacity you may not be granted entry at all. However there is a way to avoid the queues and be guaranteed entry. See our page on how to avoid the queues at the Sagrada Familia.

metroMetro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)

Official web site: La Sagrada Familia


La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí

Museums in Barcelona - picture of antonio Gaudí la pedrera
Museums in Barcelona - picture of Antonio Gaudí's La Pedrera

metroMetro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5) 5 minutes walk from metro

The building is the museum. La Pedrera is another of Gaudí's creations and is the 2nd most visited of the museums in Barcelona after the Sagrada Familia.

La Pedrera has to be one of the most unusual apartment building's ever built. At the time potential tenants were reluctant to hire the rooms because the walls were irregularly shaped and they were concerned that their furniture would not fit. Today La Pedrera is one of the most important museums in Barcelona and also houses renaissance drawings and a collection of modern art paintings.

Location of La Pedrera to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of La Pedrera to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Pictures of La Pedrera
Opening hours:
05 November - 28 February: 09:00 - 18:30
01 March - 04 October: 09:00 - 20:00

Address:  La Pedrera
Calle Provenca, 261 - 265
08008 Barcelona, España

Admission:  €20.50 . Save  20%  with the Barcelona Card

Disabled Access: Yes - 100% accessible to the wheelchair visitor.

metroMetro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)

Website: La Pedrera Official site


Museu Futbol Club Barcelona -President Nunez, Camp Nou

metroMetro: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5) 15 minutes walk from metro.

FC Barcelona football club museum is the fourth most visited of the museums in Barcelona and has sporting artefacts from the club dating back 100 years. There are two types of admission fee. The first will give you access to the museum and the pitch area. If you buy the second type of ticket you will also get a guided tour of the changing rooms, press rooms, VIP lounge, and actually see the pitch at ground level. You'll also get a chance to sit on the players benches and see what it's like to sit in the best seats of the stadium.

If you love football this is another must visit.

Photo guide to Barcelona FC

Location of Barcelona FC to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Location of Barcelona FC to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map

Official web site: Barcelona FC football club museum and stadium

Address:  Barcelona FC Museum
Aristides Maillol, entrance no 7
08028 Barcelona, España

Opening hours:  02 April - 07 October: 10:00 - 20:00; 08 October - 01 April: 10:00 - 18:30; Sundays and holidays: 10:00 - 14:30

Admission price
Adults:  €23.00
Child:  €17.00

Disabled Access: Yes
metro Metro: Collblanc (Blue Line, L5)

Purchase your Barcelona FC museum tour tickets online.


Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB)

metroMetro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) or (Red Line, L1) or Universitat (Red Line, L1) or (Purple Line, L2)

The CCCB is the 8th most popular of all the museums in Barcelona and has regular exhibitions of widely varying artworks including photos paintings sculptures and frescos from around the World and from different periods. The museum is constantly arranging different exhibitions each term so the best way to see what is showing at the time is to visit their web site (see below)

Official web site: CCCB
Address:  CCCB
Montalegre, 5
08001 Barcelona, España
Opening hours: vary depending on time of year - check their web site for details.
Admission:  €5.00  Save  20%  with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes
metroMetro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) or (Red Line, L1) or Universitat (Red Line, L1) or (Purple Line, L2)


Museum d' Història de Catalunya

metroMetro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Catalunya this is one of the museums in Barcelona that will be of interest to you. It has many interesting exhibitions that deal with different periods of Catalunya's history. This museum has taken a proactive approach to displaying artefacts and has designed many exhibits that allow you to interact with the displays.

For further information on current exhibitions please check their official web site below.

Location of Museu d'Historia de Catalunya to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map
Directions from Barceloneta metro to the Museum d'Historia de Catalunya. Click for a magnified view of this map

Official web site: Catalan history

Address:
Museum d' Història de Catalunya
Pl. de Pau Vila, 3 (Palau de Mar)
08003 Barcelon, España

Opening hours: vary depending on time of year - check their web site for details.

Admission:  €4.00  Save  30%  with the Barcelona Card

Disabled Access: Yes

metroMetro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)


Maritime Museum

Museu Maritim is one of the more specialist museums and covers the period 1750 to 1850. It includes all forms of maritime artefacts from Barcelona and the surrounding districts. After visiting this museum you may want to take a quick stroll to see Mirador de Colom (the giant statue in honour of Christopher Columbus) and then on to Port Vell which is a picturesque walk across the marina. Photos around the Columbus Monument

Official web site: Maritime Museum
Address:  Maritime Museum
Av Drassanes,
08001 Barcelona, España
Opening hours:  Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00
Admission:  €2.50  Save  20%  with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes
metroMetro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)


Catalan Museum of Archaeology

metroMetro: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)

This museum has many interesting archaeology exhibits cover periods during prehistoric times and ancient history. The curators have given particular emphasis on the archaeological remains from Catalunya. This museum is very interesting if you want to learn more about the ancient history of Catalunya and is well worth a visit if only for the novelty of subject material. For more information we recommend you visit their web site.

Official web site: Museu d' Arqueologia de Catalunya
Address:  Museu d' Arqueologia de Catalunya
Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41
(Parc de Montjuïc)
08038 Barcelona, España
Opening hours:  Tuesday - Saturday: 09:30 - 19:00, Sunday and Holiday: 10:00 - 14:30
Admission:  €3.00  Save  30%  with the Barcelona Card
Disabled Access: Yes
metroMetro: Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)


The Dalí Museum - In Figueres

How to get there - RENFE Trains - (see below)

Picture of Dalí Musuem in Figueres near Barcelona
Picture of Dalí Museum in Figueres near Barcelona

The Dalí museum is not in Barcelona but it's only a short train journey away. 1 hour 29 minutes (by car) in a small town called Figueres. See our page on driving directions and route to the Dalí Museum from Barcelona. We've included it here because the Dalí museum is one of the most interesting and popular museums in Northern Spain. Once you arrive in Figueres you will have a 15 minutes walk to the museum. There are signposts from the station to help you find your way.

Figueres was Dalí's home town and the museum is home to one of the largest collections of his work. Even the building itself is a work of art and like no other you would have seen before. This museum is Highly recommended and easy to get to and are the main reason why we have included it in here.

Official Web Site: Dalí Museum

Day tour to Dalí Museum and Figures
Dalí Museum day tour from Barcelona

Opening Hours:
01 November - 28 February: 10:30 - 18:00, Access until 17:15
01 March - 30 June: 09:30 - 18:00, Access until 17:15
01 July - 30 September: 09:00 - 20:00, Access until 19:15
01 October - 30 October: Open from 09:30 - 18:00, Access until 17:15
Closed on: 01 January and 25 December, Every Monday between 01 October and 31 May, except on holidays and holiday eves. From 01 June - 30 September open every day.

Admission: Tickets  €12.00

How to get there:
The easiest and cheapest way is by train: for detailed timetable information for trains to and from the Figueres we recommend you visit the RENFE train official web site and look for the following line:
Choose Barcelona for Origin and Figueres for destination Official RENFE train timetable. The origin station will be Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.

Travel time from Barcelona to Figueres is 1hr 45 minutes with the Catalunya Express Train or around 2 hours with the Regional Train.

Travel time from Figueres to Girona is 20 minutes.


We've covered just a handful of the most important and popular museums but there are plenty more to choose from. We hope this brief review will give you enough information to get started with. If you want to see details on Barcelona's art galleries then visit our page on art galleries in Barcelona.


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