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MNAC - Museu d'Art de Catalunyaarticket bcn

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc - tel. 93 6220376

This palace, built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona, holds the biggest art museum in Catalonia. It holds Catalan art from the Romanic period until the Modernism. The museum's collections include the old Modern Art Museum, which was in the Parque de la Ciudadela until a few years ago. This museum also has the paintings handed over by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation to the city of Barcelona. You will need at least two days to visit this museum, especially if you also want to see the temporary exhibitions.

Admission to the MNAC is free on the first sunday of every month, and also on may 18 (museum's day) and on september 11 (day of Catalonia).

It must be noted that most museums in Barcelona are closed on Mondays and Sunday afternoons.

Joan Miró Foundationarticket bcn

Avenida Miramar 71 - tel. 93 4439470

Built in 1975, this museum contains the most important Miró collection. Most of these works were donated by the artist to the city. The museum includes a collection of tapestries and sculptures, and it often organises temporary exhibitions featuring other artists.

Picasso Museumarticket bcn

Montcada 15 - tel. 93 2563000

The Picasso Museum mainly contains paintings from the first stages of Picasso's work. Temporary exhibitions are held, usually featuring artists somewhat related to Picasso. Being the most visited art museum in Barcelona, there's usually a long queue to get in but, unlike other museums, it remains open on Sunday evenings. Along with the MNAC, admission to the Picasso Museum is free on the first sunday of every month.

This emblematic street of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter contains other interesting museums and galleries.

Caixa Fòrum - Fundació "la Caixa"

Av. Marquès de Comillas 6-8 - tel. 93 4768600

This modernist building holds the cultural exhibitions and events organised by "La Caixa" bank in Barcelona. The museum has three main areas: one shows the contemporary art collections of "La Caixa", while the other two hold temporary exhibitions, often of well-known artists. This museum has also hosted some interesting ancient art exhibitions. Admission is free and the museum is open on Sunday afternoons.

La Pedrera - Fundació Caixa Catalunya

Provenza 261 - tel. 902 400 973

The first floor of this noteworthy Gaudí building holds temporary art exhibitions, usually of important artists. Admission is free and the museum is open on Mondays and Sunday afternoons.

It is also advisable to visit the Gaudí appartment and the spectacular attic of this modernist building, with its views of Barcelona, but there is an admission charge for these.

MACBA - Barcelona Contemporany Art Museumarticket bcn

Plaça dels Àngels 1 - tel. 93 4120810

This museum has a big public collection of contemporary art, which is shown in different exhibitions throughout the year. For the untrained palates, it can be more interesting to contemplate the building itself (by architect Richard Meier) rather than the exhibited works.

This museum closes on Tuesdays instead of Mondays.

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