Barcelona's Picasso Museum

How to view Picasso's masterpieces in his home country

Detail from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain
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If you're in any way interested in the life of Pablo Picasso, or modern art in general, Barcelona should be your first port of call. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona (or Museu Picasso in Catalan, the local language) has numerous collections arranged in chronological order. It gives you an incomparable overlook at the master's entire career, throughout all of his many artistic periods.

Of course, there are many, many other museums located in Barcelona, themed around many other artists.

If you're interested in seeing all the culture Barcelona has to offer, try the Barcelona Card, which can get you 50% discount on entry to a whole list of local museums, including the Picasso Museum.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is located on Carrer Montcada, one of Barcelona's most popular streets. Make sure to plan your excursion with this in mind. 

Getting into the Museum

OK, so you're set on visiting the Picasso Museum while in Barcelona. What do you need to know?

You can find the museum on c/Montcada 15-23, 08003, Barcelona. Ticket prices vary from about 4€ to 9€, depending on whether you are in a group or not and if you are visiting both the temporary exhibition and main collection. Check out the Museum's website to see which exhibits are currently on display. 

Entry to the Picasso Museum is free on the first Sunday of the month, but there's a huge caveat: the line is unbelievably long.

If you want to take advantage of this (albeit awesome) offer, make sure to arrive early, and maybe pack a snack if you're going in the middle of the day, as you'll be on your feet for a while. 

See Barcelona from Picasso's Eyes

No matter how much of an expert on Picasso you may be, there's always an opportunity to learn something new!

The Picasso Museum offers free guided tours of their collection on Thursdays and Saturdays. The English tours begin at 6 pm on Thursdays and 12 pm on Saturdays.

For the true fan, there is a local tour operator that provides a guided visit of the Picasso Museum along with a tour of Picasso's favorite parts of Barcelona. Picasso's Barcelona is the center, so this tour is an ideal themed introduction to the city, showing you some of the biggest sites from the point of view of Pablo Picasso. It's pretty cheap too!

There are a few other notable tours that may be worth checking out.

Since the Picasso Museum is fairly centrally located, there is a multitude of affordable hotels nearby. If you fancy staying in the area, you can do that too.