Unlike Madrid, Barcelona is not known to be a city of museums. That said here is the list of the best Barcelona museums.
11 Popular Museums in Barcelona
1. Picasso Museum, Barcelona
Picasso Museum is easily the most popular museum in Barcelona. The museum is housed in a connected series of 17th century stone mansions which in itself is interesting. Most of the paintings in this museum are early works of Picasso, and so you will not find many of Picasso's famous paintings.
Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003, Barcelona, +34 932 56 30 00
2. Design Museum of Barcelona
Also called as Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, this is the latest addition to the list of museums in Barcelona. This museum has high quality exhibits about current Catalonian and Spanish decorative and applied arts, presented in an engaging manner with interactive screens.
Address : Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018, Website
3. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya [MNAC]
MNAC is an underrated Barcelona museum with the biggest collection of Romanesque art in the world, and an equally impressive collection on Medieval Catalonian art.
The museum boasts of a scenic location, possibly the best place to view the spectacular magic fountain show at night. During the day, go up the MNAC Museum terrace for spectacular 360° view of Barcelona.
4. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Fundació Joan Miró in Parc du Montjuïc holds the largest single collection of paintings of Barcelona-born surrealist, Joan Miró. The museum is housed in a modern chalk-white complex designed by renowned Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert.
5. Poble Espanyol, Barcelona
Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) is an open-air museum located on Montjuïc hill at a walking distance from the Fountains of Montjuïc. The museum has reproductions of famous buildings from Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid.
6. Barcelona Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is housed in the building that was the former Barcelona Royal Shipyard, in the port area near the Columbus monument. The star attraction of this museum is the big galleon, a reproduction of a sixteenth century galley of the royal ship which defeated the Turkish Armada in the battle of Lepanto.
7. Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
This museum focuses on contemporary art. CCCB also hosts lots of activities and expositions during the year. The museum is also famous for many lookouts from where you can get spectacular views of Barcelona.
8. Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Fundació Antoni Tàpies is a museum dedicated to the life and works of the painter Antoni Tàpies. The museum is housed in one of the classic modernista buildings, designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner, originally designed for the publishing house Editorial i Muntaner Simón.
9. Barcelona Chocolate Museum
A small but interesting museum, a big hit with children, reviews the story of chocolate from the time the cacao “bean” touched the shores of Spain. There are dozens of tall sculptures and figures all made from chocolate. As can be expected, the admission ticket to the Museo de Xocolata is also a chocolate bar!
10. Barcelona Erotica Museum
Popular with adults of all ages, this museum features erotica as seen across various cultures and also as depicted in art. Go as a couple, and do get the audio guide (which can be used by two). The museum also houses an erotic garden, which is a nice place for couples to chill out.
11. Barcelona Shoe Museum
Officially called 'Museu del Calçat', this is a quirky museum featuring old sandals and shoes. It is housed in a 16th century renaissance building near the Catedral de Barcelona. The building was once part of the medieval shoemakers' guild.
Barcelona is not known for its museums. My suggestion is to focus on Madrid museums if you are going there during your Spain trip.
If you are still keen to see Barcelona museums, then visit unique Barcelona museums which are not similar to museums in other cities of Spain.
Visit Poble Espanyol. It is not really a museum but a nice summary of Spain's history and culture.
If you like modern art, go to Fundacio Joan Miro or MACBA.
Skip Picasso museum of Barcelona if you are going to Malaga. The Picasso Museum of Malaga is better.