Museums in Barcelona
The major Spanish city of Barcelona has an extremely rich and varied history, as evidenced by its splendid range of museums. Visitors have the opportunity to find out about everything from the changing perceptions of sex to wartime history in these centres of learning. It would be a real struggle to see all of the exhibitions during a single trip to Barcelona.
Picasso Museum - This museum contains one of fthe most important collection of paintings, drawings and sketches from the early years of Pablo Picasso, especially those between 1895 and 1904. His works from 1917, the year he collaborated with the Russian Ballets of Diaghilev, and the series Las Meninas, inspired by Velázquez's painting, are exceptional.
- Address: C. Montcada, 15-19.
- Open: Tuesday to Saturday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Restaurant inside.
Museum of Modern Art - The Modern Art Museum features a collection of sculptures , drawings, paintings, engravings, and decorative objects, harbors compositions from the Romantic period, 19th century realist paintings, especially by Fortuny, and offers an general view of the modernist period.
- Address: Parc de la Ciutadella.
- Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed Monday.
Museum of Contemporary Art - This modern building was completed in 1995 and possess works by artists from the last 40 years. It is situated in the centre of Barcelona; it was designed by the American Richard Meier & Partners and its architectural style references to Modernism, it is also a well known spot for all kind of skateboarders.
- Address: Plaça Angels,
- Open: Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 8 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Frederic Marès Museum - This museum was founded and donated by the sculptor and collector Frederic Marès (1893-1991) in 1946 , it shows a series of Spain sculptures from pre-Roman times to the 19th century. There is also a section dedicated to charming objects of the past, including fans and holy water fonts/soups, called the Sentimental.
- Address: Plaça Sant lu, 5–6.
- Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
City’s History Museum - It shows art as well as artifacts concerning with the heritage of Barcelona like excavated remains of ancient structures, documents, engravings, etc. Very nice place for people interested in Barcelona history, it shows Barcelona at different periods.
- Address: Plaça del Rei.
- Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Gaudi’s House-Museum - Interesting works and memorabilia of Antoni Gaudí are displayed, it is located into the Parc Güell; this house was designed by Francesc Berenguer, one of Gaudí help-architechts, it was finished in 1905 and occupied by Gaudí from 1906 to 1926. In December 1926 by testamentary, Gaudí ordered the house was sold and the resultant money was invested in the building of la Sagrada Família, in 1963 it bacame a museum.
- Address: C. Olot, Güell Park.
- Open: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.;from April to September open until 7 p.m. Closed Saturdays.
Museum of the Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family - This small museum is one of the most visited and well known in Barcelona, it is located in the church crypt of the temple and shows the history of its construction including photographs and personal objects belonging to Gaudí.
- Address C. Mallorca, 401.
- Open:November to February from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March, September and October from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; rest of the year from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.Open everyday.
Museu de la Xocolata
Those of you with a love of all things chocolatey should schedule a visit to this museum. The various interactive exhibits provide information about the confectionery making process and sweets enjoyed by people in different parts of the world. You may also enjoy the experience of making your own treats under the guidance of the expert chocolatiers. Just make sure that you don't up in the same stick mess as Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
You can learn all about the great vessels of the Spanish fleet in this maritime centre. There are also exhibits of items picked up by the great Mediterranean seafarers on the exploratory journeys across the Americas. Remember to look out for the evil pirates who prey on unsuspecting tourists in this place.