Museums

View of Musuem of History of Catalunya

Barcelona is home to over 55 different museums ranging in a wide variety of subjects including architecture, history, art, science, war and maritime. With such a diverse culture, famous past residents of Barcelona and incredible attractions to see throughout the city, people from all over the world come here each year to marvel at the wonders of each museum.

Visiting the Barcelona museums is one of the best ways to truly gain a better understanding and appreciation of how far the city itself has come and what it has been through to reach what it is now today. 

Depending on what your interests are, you may want to plan ahead on what museums you would most likely want to visit. Though each of them is unique and exciting in its own way, there are several that tend to draw in the most crowds. These include:

 

La Sagrada Familia:

A giant Basilica created from the work of Barcelona’s great architect, Antonio Gaudi where 2,000,000 million visitors come to marvel at it each year.

View of Sagrada Familia

 

Designed by Antoni Gaudi himself, La Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly one of his most famous and cherished works throughout all of Barcelona and the world. Not only does its pure beauty and magnificence make this particular Basilica so incredibly unique but also the fact that it has been under construction since the year 1882 makes it all the more intriguing. 

Barcelona Museums

Though there has been somewhat of a controversy uprise due to the materials that are now being used to construct and build Gaudi’s Basilica, it is set to be finished sometime in 2026. Though there is still a ways to go, the construction of La Sagrada Familia has never kept people from all over the world to come and experience its splendor. 

As you make your way up to the Basilica, you will slowly but surely feel your neck start to lean back as you attempt to take in its impressive and massive size and height. As you get closer and your neck is now starting to somewhat ache, you will begin to notice the intricate and distinct designs that seem to fill every square inch of the building. Even up until Gaudi’s death in 1926, he would often times be found adjusting and modifying every last detail until it was exactly as he had envisioned it.

With this in mind, you will most likely not be surprised that La Sagrada Familia is named a World Heritage Site and one of the most visited in all of Barcelona. This is a great place to visit even if you have before, with changes being made almost weekly, you never know what new designs you will see each time you get the opportunity to visit this monumental and influential place of worship and incredible design by the famous Antoni Gaudi. 

Camp Nou:

Camp Nou Stadium

 

Also known as, FC Barcelona Football Club Museum filled with sporting artifacts from the club dating back to over 100 years ago. 

As the favorite sport throughout the entire country, a visit to a match here is guaranteed to be a time of excitement, thrill and endless fun!

Whether you are traveling solo, with a group of friends or your entire family full of little ones, the FC Barceona Stadium makes for the perfect outing and event that will surely not soon be forgotten by anyone attending. With a capacity of up to 110,000 people, you better believe that every seat will be filled with screaming fans dressed to the nines in their Barcelona gear and making each moment more memorable than the next. 

If there happen to be no matches taking place during your visit to Barcelona, then no need to worry as there is also a tour of the stadium that you can participate in! As this is the most popular tour throughout all of Barcelona, you are going to want to plan in advance and make sure you are one of the many thousands that get to experience the stadium in such an up close and personal way. This is a great option for people of all ages ranging from little kids to older adults who have always dreamt of getting the chance to tour such an awesome stadium. If you are lucky, you will get to enjoy both a football AND the tour while there!

If you are hoping to make a match while visiting the stadium, be sure to buy your tickets well in advance (on sale one week before the actual match) seeing as each one is an extremely popular event to head to and many people are hoping to experience the pure thrill of witnessing the two teams face head to head. Get ready to take a ton of pictures, join in on the cheering and chanting and look forward to a time full of thrill and excitement. 

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La Pedrera:

Roofs of La Pedrera

Another work of Antonio Gaudi of one of the most unusual apartment buildings ever  built filled with modern art and paintings.

Casa Mila commonly being called “la Pedrera”, covers a total area of over 100 meters that include two massive circular patios. 

Wandering through this house you will possibly notice that nearly every single part of it, whether it is a bedroom, living room or rest area, is exposed to some sort of sunlight. Gaudi designed it this way on purpose as he felt it was an important aspect of a house in general. 

The entire house is also in fact made of natural stones, making it surprisingly not as colorful as some of his other many works throughout the city. Although the color may be lacking, the intricate and complex design throughout the entire house is absolutely present. 

Head to the top of the roof where you will find a rather interesting and large ensemble of surrealistic chimneys. Each one is unique and different compared to the other and act as almost small statues or sculptures scattered throughout. This is just one of the many interesting features and aspects of the house as a whole that you can discover while visiting Casa Mila.

This World Heritage Site is full of rich history, unique architectural design and plenty of public activities and events that are held there each year for those who choose to visit. Though there have been changes made throughout the building during the past years, the beauty that was implemented from the beginning still stands present today.

From the colorless yet fascinating outside to the beautifully designed interior within the walls, you will surely find that this is one sight that is not to be missed while in Barcelona. 

 

 

Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture:

Barcelona Contemporary Culture

The 8th most popular museum in Barcelona  that  exhibits a wide variety of artworks including paintings, photos, sculptures and frescos from  all  over the world.

 

 

Maritime Museum:

Barcelona Maritime Museum Scene

Covering the period of 175-1850 and filled with maritime artifacts from Barcelona and surrounding areas. 

 

Catalan Museum of Archaeology:

Museum of Archeology of Barcelona

A wide variety of archaeological exhibits that cover times from prehistoric to ancient history.

 

Museu d’Historia de Catalunya:

Museum of History of Catalunya

Dedicated to telling the story and facts about how Catalunya came to be and what it went through during different periods.

And many things to visit....

 

Tips for visiting Barcelona Museums !!

 

If you are a museum-lover, like so many are that come to Barcelona, then you consider the following tips before you make your way throughout the city. This will help to alleviate the stress that often comes along with being a tourist in a place you may not know so much about at first.
If you are a museum-lover, like so many are that come to Barcelona, then you consider the following tips before you make your way throughout the city. This will help to alleviate the stress that often comes along with being a tourist in a place you may not know so much about at first.

GRAB A MAP!


If you are unable to access your iPhone or Android maps in your phone due to the lack of international service, then you will definitely want to get a map of the city as one of the first things you do. They can be found at several of the tourist information offices and desks in the airport and throughout the city as well. Some standard maps may be free while the very detailed and lengthy maps may cost up to a few euros.

 

Invest in a Museum Pass!


Check out the pages of both the Articket and the Arqueo Ticket that will allow for you to skip the lines at some of the best museums throughout the city. Not only that, they will save you a TON of money that you would have spent otherwise visiting each of the 10 museums that they allow for you to get into. 

KNOW THE TIMES!


One of the worst things that can happen when setting out on a much anticipated day of fun touring and visiting the many museums is arriving at one or all of them just to find out it is closed! To avoid that, be sure to head to each one of the official websites to find out opening and closing times as well as certain dates where holidays may allow it to close all day. 

 

TAKE YOUR TIME!!!


Although it is so easy to rush through each museum due to the amount of limited time you have in the city, it is much better to simply take in all of that splendor and interesting aspects that each one is able to offer. So, take your time to explore, wander and discover all of the treasures that are available in all 55 museums throughout the beautiful city of Barcelona.