If you’re planning to head to Barcelona, Spain for a holiday, you will want to know exactly what eclectic museums you need to visit in this colorful and exciting city. Not only is Barcelona known for its artwork & architecture by Antoni Gaudi, the city is famous for the range of artwork in the city center- from a museum of chocolate to Picasso and Miro. There is a plethora of museums to explore and savor in Barcelona that you don’t want to miss out on. In no particular order, here are our top 6 favorite Barcelona museums that you need to visit:
#1 Camp Nou
Location: C. d’Aristides Maillol, 12, Barcelona
As Spain’s most visited sports museum, due to its players’ numerous FIFA awards, the Camp Nou experience takes you to the heart of the football-soccer field, where you can even discover a special area for fans of Leo Messi. You’ll learn about the history of the Club and stadium, where 958 FC Barcelona players have appeared! You’ll even get to sit on the first team bench, a part of its legendary history – something you soccer fans don’t want to miss out on!
#2 Picasso Museum
Location: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, Barcelona
With works of the master painter Picasso on view, the Picasso Museum presents the creative phases of the artist. Having lived in Barcelona in his youth while he attended art school, the museum focuses on work done at this time. If you’re looking to see where Picasso was inspired at a young age, make sure to visit Lonja de mar, the art school where he studied.
#3 Fundació Joan Miró Museum
Location: Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Located in Parc de Montjuic, this is one of Barcelona museums that gives you a stunning view over the city & artwork in one! Founded in 1975,the Fundació Joan Miró Museum is filled with the colorful work of this important 20th century artist, Joan Miro. Simple forms as well as colors that speak of primary tones are part of the Miro paintings seen. You can take a tour to discovers such modern works as the sculpture, Couple d’Amoureux aux Jeux de Fleur d’Amandier, as well as a wall hanging, carpets and paintings.
#4 Barcelona City History Museum
Location: Plaça del Rei, s/n, Barcelona
Preserving the heritage of the city of Barcelona through ruins that were discovered, history comes alive as you visit the Palau Padellàs and the largest excavated Roman stones outside of the city of Rome. Barcino, as Barcelona was called, is known as the largest Roman settlement within Europe. You’ll journey back in time 2,000 years as you learn about life, laundry, wine and everyday pleasures of ancient Barcelona. Also on view is the Gothic Quarter, where the modern city began.
#5 The National art museum of Catalan
Location:Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Barcelona.
Home of the national artwork for Catalan since 1934, this museum has a range of work that everyone will love from Romanesque art to Modern art. Located on Montjuïc hill, this museum has skyline views over Barcelona – definitely bring a camera with you to take those skyline photos. As it’s one of the largest museums in Spain, you will find artwork from famous Catalan artists such as Gaudi or painters like Tiziano.
#6 Museu de la Xocolata
Location: Carrer Comerç, 36, Barcelona
The whole family will enjoy and appreciate a visit to the Museu de la Xocolata, also known as the chocolate museum. Both children and adults will be awed by the smell of chocolate in the museum as well as the sample received as you enter. The history of this classic food in Europe, its myth and reality and the manufacturing process are all part of the tour. Known as an aphrodisiac, chocolate was the drink of the Aztecs; you will learn more about it with a visit to the second hall. Be sure to see the “Sala Barcelona”, where famous Barcelona architecture is rendered in chocolate. Everyone in the family will love and remember this museum as a highlight of their Barcelona museums experience.