Spain is a country full of culture and history but above all of art and beauty, present in wonderful works such as sculptures, archaeological remains, ancient relics and more. Spain is the mother of artists like Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Goya and Velázquez, and the cradle of more than a thousand museums that exhibit paintings and pieces from all periods, artistic currents and national and international virtuosos.
It does not matter if you are a citizen, foreigner or tourist; nor if you find yourself to the north, to the south or in the center: visiting the country without going to at least two of its infinity of museums is a sin. That’s why next we will tell you which are the best Spanish museums to go from beginning to end.
Museums of Barcelona
Barcelona is a city full of museums of all kinds. There are museums dedicated to sports, marijuana, chocolate, design or erotic, among others. The most visited museums in the city and those that appear in all the guides are the Museu del FC Barcelona, Museu Picasso and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). But our city has hidden pearls that do not appear in the most general guides. 5 star hotel spain
The CosmoCaixa and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) are two museums that are not well known among tourists or among the inhabitants of the city, especially the second. The CosmoCaixa is a science museum and is located in the upper part of the city, from which you can see the sea. In it you will find a reproduction of an Amazonian forest, experiments, a planetarium and very interesting temporary exhibitions. It is a very appropriate visit if you go with children since they will have a great time.
Building of the CosmoCaixa:
The MEAM is a museum of contemporary art but very different from what we are used to seeing. Generally, in contemporary art museums, what we find most are abstract or experimental works, but here they focus on works of contemporary figurative art. It is located right next to the Picasso Museum and has an extensive collection of more than 200 works.
If you are in the north of the country, specifically in Girona or Bilbao, there are two museums that you can not miss: the Dalí Theater-Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, respectively.
The Dalí Theater-Museum was built on the old theater of Figueras, the last residence of this Catalan artist and the place where her remains rest. It is not necessary to enter to understand that the building is also part of his work, full of delirium and surrealism. In it you can enjoy his most important paintings and sculptures, such as the famous portraits of Gala, and surprise you with the original furniture and personal items that are still intact in what was his room.
Guggenheim Building Bilbao
While the Guggenheim is a museum of contemporary art and is dedicated to the most important artists from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. Located in Bilbao, you will find works by renowned artists such as Richard Serra, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Anish Kapoor.
Museums of the Center
Valencia and Madrid are very important cultural points in Spain. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, in Valencia, is undoubtedly one of the most interactive in the country thanks to its exhibitions on science, technology and the environment, where the theories of scientists such as León Foucault, Severo Ochoa are put to the test , Jean Dausset and Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
On the other hand, the Prado Museum is dedicated exclusively to the Fine Arts, and is one of the most important at European level. Spanish artists such as Velázquez and Goya and other international artists such as El Bosco, Rubens, Sorolla, El Greco, Tiziano and Botticelli are the protagonists in the different exhibition rooms.
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The center of Spain is usually a tourist area par excellence, which means that these museums are visited by countless people. If you want to avoid being part of an extensive queue to enter, we recommend you visit this website dedicated to the purchase of tickets for tours and attractions and book in advance your visit to the Prado Museum. This page will also allow you to reserve other places for more activities related to Spanish art and culture.
The south, in cities such as Malaga and Granada, there is also art in its different forms of expression. The Picasso Museum in Malaga, the artist’s hometown, is the most visited in all of Andalusia and is entirely dedicated to the work of it. In it you can see more than 150 works including ceramics, paintings and interpretations of the work of other painters.
While the Archaeological Museum of the Alhambra in Granada shows the history of the palace of Charles V through objects and objects of the royal family, such as collections of Spanish-Muslim art, household trousseau, jewelry, ceramics, wood and others architectural elements.
Alhambra with Sierra Nevada in the background
In Spain, art is an intrinsic part of their culture