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Barcelona Museums And Galleries, Spain

Barcelona has one of the best museum complexes and art collections in Spain. Articket is a single ticket which can be used to visit six museums at half price: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Fundació Joan Miró, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Contemporary Cultural Center of Barcelona (CCCB), Caixa Catalunya,Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Picasso Museum. Information and sales: at art centers, tourist information offices in Pl. Catalunya and windows of Caixa Catalunya.

Picasso Museum

The most complete collection of Picasso's early years, with many works from his so-called "Blue Period". You'll also see the series of Velazquez's Meninas, a very complete collection of lithographs by the master and a series of ceramics from his later period.

Where: Montcada 15-23. Subway: Jaume I (L4), Liceu (L3), Arc de Triomf (L1)

Hours: Tues.-Sun.: 10-20.

History Museum of Barcelona

The Museum of the City's History is an extraordinary museum which, in addition to the royal palace, contains the largest underground museum in Europe. After you enter from Casa Padellàs, you go down in the archeological basement to discover the exciting world of Roman and Visigothic Barcelona. The route covers the ancient defensive walls, thermal buildings and remains of the Visigothic city and then continues above ground in the medieval complex.

Hours: from June to September Tues-Sat 10:00am - 8:00 pm, Sun. 10:00am - 3:00pm. Rest of the year: Tues-Sat 10:00am-2:00pm / 4:00pm-8:00pm, Sun. 10:00am-3:00 pm

CosmoCaixa Science Museum

This is considered the most beautiful science museum in Europe, it reopened in 2004 after a radical transformation which lasted six years. Amidst the museum lights there is a geological world where you can discover the secrets of the ground and a real reproduction of the Amazon forest.

Where: Teodor Roviralta, 47-51. Public transportation: Metro L7 Av. Tibidabo + Tramvia Blau

Hours: From Tues. to Sun., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Maritime Museum

Housed in the former 14th century shipyard building, called the Dressanes, this is the most complete maritime museum in Spain. The Dressanes are the former shipbuilding sheds of the city, which were in use until the 18th century. An excellent example of medieval civil architecture, built of majestic vaults supported by massive arches and columns. The entire history of Spanish navigation and shipping building engineering is on display, as well as interesting special exhibits.

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Tel. +34.933 429 920

Where: Avda. de les Drassanes. Subway: Drassanes (L3)

National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC)

A collection of almost one thousand years of the history of Catalan art. MNAC contains the largest collection of Romanesque art in the world. The museum houses sculptures and frescoes from Catalan churches which were removed, restored and now appear in secure environments which recreate their original context. The museum also displays collections of Catalan art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and the past two centuries as well as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection which was previously housed in the Monastery of Pedralbes.

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Palau Nacional. Subway: Espanya (L1 / L3)

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

MACBA is dedicated to art from the second half of the 20th century. The permanent collection contains works by internationally famous contemporary masters including Klee, Basquiat and others, but the greatest part is dedicated to Catalan movements such as the conceptual art of Grup del Treball and the surrealists Dau al Set. Naturally there is space set aside for the most famous Catalan masters Tàpies and Barcelò.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sat.10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. -Sun. 10.00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed on Tues

Where: : Plaça dels Angels. Subway: Catalunya (L1/L3); Universitat (L1-L2)

Joan Miró Foundation

Joan Miró was one of the greatest Spanish artists of the 20th century, known for his abstract and surreal shapes. Mirò himself donated the enormous collection displayed in the museum: 300 paintings, 150 sculptures, all the graphics work and 7000 drawings which represent the master's entire artistic life. The museum is located in Montjuïc park, which also hosts temporary exhibits and excellent concerts are held in the garden in summer.

Hours: from Oct. to June: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. From July to Sept.: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Thurs. 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Montjüic Park. Subway: L1/L3, Espanya + Montjuïc Funicular


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