A Guide to Museums in Barcelona, Spain

When you travel to Barcelona, you are going to want to take the time to see at least a few of the fabulous museums located within the city. With more than 55 museums in Barcelona, you will have plenty of different ones to choose from–the hardest part is narrowing down your options. Here are a few of the most popular and the ones that you won’t want to miss out on when you have a limited number of days in Spain’s most-visited city.

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Museu del Temple Expiatori de La Sagrada Família

You know that you are going to head to the massive Sagrada Família when you are in Barcelona, so you might as well wander through the museum that can be found right inside. One of the ways to fully appreciate the time that it has taken to build this massive monument to see the details and pictures on display. This is considered one of the more popular museums in Barcelona, so do not be surprised if you need to wait in order to see the model of what this structure will look like when it is finally completed.  

Museu Picasso

Everyone has heard of Picasso and his life, which is why this is a must-visit out of all the museums in Barcelona. There are five buildings in this museum and more than 4000 of Picasso’s works of art fill them all. While you can wander around this museum on your own, you may want to take a guided tour in order to learn even more about this artist and the works that he created during his lifetime, especially his younger years.  

Museum Futbol Club Barcelona

Soccer fans will love this museum at the Futbol Club, since it is an amazing way to see how this sport has evolved over the last one hundred years or so.  When you take the time to visit this museum, you will have the opportunity to see the exhibits and walk on the pitch, which is a dream come true for so many FC Barcelona fans. You can also upgrade your tickets so you can see the dressing rooms, VIP Lounge, and press boxes. You’re even allowed to sit on the same benches that the players do during the game.  

Museum d’ Història de Catalunya

One of the best museums in Barcelona when it comes to learning about the history of the region is the Museum d’ Història de Catalunya. This museum can be found in the Palau de Mar, which was once known as the General Trade Warehouse. This spot was designed for visitors to interact with all of the artifacts and exhibits, which makes a great option if you have kids in tow. The best part of this entire museum though is the terrace, which can be found at the top of the building. It offers stunning views as well as the chance to dine at the 1881, a wonderful restaurant that serves delicious Catalonian cuisine.  

Maritime Museum

If you love the water and stories about Christopher Columbus, then you must make the time to see the Maritime Museum. This is the only one of the museums in Barcelona to be located in an old shipyard, but it fits the theme of the museum perfectly. There are a number boats and ships at this museum, but the most famous might be the one owned by Juan de Austria, which was used during the Battle of Lepanto during October of 1571. Another popular attraction is the Santa Eulàlia, a schooner with three masts that was used back in 1919. You also won’t want to miss the exhibit of the nautical instruments–it is amazing to see how those navigational instruments have changed from the 18th century to the 21st century.  

Museu de la Xocolata

Almost everyone loves chocolate, which is why the Museu de la Xocolata is considered one of the most popular museums in Barcelona. As you walk through this museum, you can see how the machines used to make the delicious chocolate from Catalonia have changed over the years. For many, their favorite part will be watching how the chocolate and packaged. Try to not get too hungry! Towards the end, you can spot chocolate models of a few of Barcelona’s famous landmarks, including the Sagrada Família. While you can visit this museum at any time of the year, it is recommended that you try to plan your visit for a day when the chocolate workshops are taking place. Those days, you can be a chocolatier for the entire day and make your own chocolate from scratch.  

If you have the extra time, these are not the only museums that you will want to visit. If you can, make sure to add a few more in order to round out your trip to one of the biggest cultural cities in Spain.

Which is your favorite museum in Barcelona?

Keep wandering,

Alex Signature Wander

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