Next Saturday May 21 Barcelona will celebrate, as many other cities in Europe, The Night of the Museums (La Nit dels Museus): free access from 19h to 1h to up to 80 Museums, Art Galleries and Cultural Centers in Barcelona. It must definitely feel different to visit a Museum at night, a special sensation that you will sure share with hundreds of other people who want to live this yearly event that will take place for just 6 hours. Find all the details in La Nit dels Museus.
But what Museums are there in Barcelona? What is it interesting to see in the Night of the Museums or any other day? Here’s a particular and general guide on what you’ll find in Barcelona regarding Museums. Of course there are hundreds of Galleries and Museums that we’ll be leaving behind in this general guidelines but, to make simple, let’s make 3 big groups: Main Museums, Barcelona History Museum and Art Nouveau.
Museu Picasso: Barcelona hosts the most important collection of works by Pablo Picasso, the father of Cubism and one of the most important painters of the last century. Museu Picasso is set in a beautiful Gothic Palace in the Old Town and features Picasso’s artworks from his childhood to his last years, going over his main periods, from realism to cubism. The famous Picasso’s interpretation of Velázquez’s Meninas is one of the highlights of the Museum.
Fundació Miró: Another big name of XX Century Avant-garde was Joan Miró and the largest collection of his works is featured in the Museum he himself created in Montjuïc. Fundació Miró is the place to appreciate the evolution of this prolific and multifaceted artist. The building that hosts the exhibition is also an architectural masterpiece build on a privileged setting which offers panoramic views on Barcelona.
MNAC: Catalan National Museum of Art (MNAC) is the collection of Catalan Art from all the times, being its crown jewel the Romanesque paintings and sculptures, specially the fresco found on the apses of a Romanesque church in the Pyrenees, featuring the Pantocrator, a masterpiece of European Romanesque Art.
The MUHBA (Museu d’Història de Barcelona) has its main site near Plaça del Rei. There, you can visit the archeological ruins and basements of the Roman City of Barcelona. But the Museum extents along the city with many other archeological sites from the Roman Period: the wall, Roman houses and the Via Sacra, with real funerary stones.
Gaudí is by far the main artistic attraction of Barcelona. Hardly nobody who visits Barcelona misses Sagrada Família and Barcelona is, of course, the city where to learn and admire Art Nouveau, the special and unique feature of the city. Interesting exhibitions of Gaudí and Art Nouveu are precisely set in Sagrada Família and in Casa Milà (la Pedrera), but for those who are passionate about Art Nouveau, there is also Barcelona Art Nouveau Museum (Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona), where you will learn the secrets of the style and discover other architects and artists besides Gaudí.
And well, of course, we can’t forget to mention the most visited Museum in Barcelona: FC Barcelona’s Museum. We wrote a post exclusively on Barça’s Museum last year.