The Picasso museum in Barcelona wasnâ€™t always intended to be in Barcelona. As Picasso was born in Malaga, everyone thought that his art should be exposed where he first saw the light. However his dearest friend didnâ€™t agree. Given Picassoâ€™s close relation with the city of Barcelona, Jaime SabartĂ©s chose the Catalan capital as the city to welcome Picassoâ€™s art.
Today, the Picasso museum is located in Montcada Street where former palaces were built by rich merchants. Like any other buildings of the street, the Picasso Museum displays vaulted ceilings and stunning patios.
An impressive collection of art
When the museum was inaugurated in 1963 under the name of his friend as Picasso was strongly opposed to Franco and couldnâ€™t risk giving his name to the museum, it hosted 574 pieces of work all from donations from SabartĂ©s and Picasso itself to the city. When Sabartes died, 920 other pieces of art were given to the museum by Picasso.
Today the Picasso Museum contains more than 4,000 pieces of art from each period of the artistâ€™s life, including selfportraits, academic works and famous paintings such as Las Meninas.
This important art collection reveals the relationship the artist had with Barcelona and allows the public to better understand his artistic process.
A great place to discover and/or rediscover this world famous Spanish artist!
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23
Donâ€™t get too excited if you think youâ€™ll be able to photograph Picassoâ€™s art to bring it back home with you, pictures are not allowed.
Special access for disabled is available.
You can have a break at the library and eat something in the museumâ€™s cafĂ© and restaurant.
- Museum + temporary exhibition: 11â‚¬
- Reduced fee: 6â‚¬
- Free entrance: for young under 16 and senior above 65+, members of the ICOM and teachers. It is also free every Sundays from 03pm on.
- Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 8pm
- Closed on Mondays, exept April 1st and May 20th.
- Closed on bank holidays: January 1st, May 1st, June 24th and December 25th and 26th.
How to get there
Bus: 14, 17, 19, 39, 40, 45, 51, 59 stop at Via Laietana-Argenteria
Metro: L4 to Jaume I station
Vesping: Select the spot in the GPS.
Easilly skip the queue buying your entrance online. You can save up to 2 hours!
And if you donâ€™t mind the crowd, you have to know that the entrance is free for everyone every first Sunday of each month. No excuse not to go!