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Art museums

Art Museum
“Surely "the" museum to visit in Barcelona. For the artist and for the building. Imagine Montcada Street, in the Gothic quarter, five mansions united to form a museum, lovely to visit. About Pablo Ruiz Picasso the museum is essential to understand his formative years. The genius of the young artist is revealed to us through more than 3,500 works that make up this permanent collection.”
  • 394 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Meier embraced the difficult task of creating a building that would ultimately display a variety of contemporary artworks that were unknown to him at the time of design. The choice to build the museum in the Plaça dels Ángels is consistent with Meier’s vision to situate the building amongst some of Barcelona’s oldest streets and buildings, in addition to revamping the public space of the Raval. After the completion of the $35 million construction, local media referred to the museum as “the pearl” amongst the old architecture and narrow streets just a few blocks from Gothic center of Barcelona.The building’s architectural style has strong references to Modernism. The large (120 by 35 meters) white building has much of its southern elevation glazed, providing the visitor with views across the plaza, and allowing for an abundance of natural light to illuminate the interior galleries. The museum has three main galleries, which can be subdivided, as well as five smaller galleries, one of which is in a tower. Collection The permanent collection of around 5,000 works(up from 1,100 works at the time of the museum's opening in 1995) dates from the mid-20th century onward. There are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some International artists are also represented”
  • 383 locals recommend
Art Museum
“"National Art Museum of Catalonia"), abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of Catalan visual art located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Situated on Montjuïc hill at the end of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, near Pl Espanya, the museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. The museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building dating to 1929. The Palau Nacional, which has housed the Museu d'Art de Catalunya since 1934, was declared a national museum in 1990 under the Museums Law passed by the Catalan Government. That same year, a thorough renovation process was launched to refurbish the site, based on plans drawn up by the architects Gae Aulenti and Enric Steegmann, who were later joined in the undertaking by Josep Benedito. The Oval Hall was reopened in 1992 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, and the various collections were installed and opened over the period from 1995 (when the Romanesque Art section was reopened) to 2004. The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Museu Nacional) was officially inaugurated on 16 December 2004.[1] It is one of the largest museums in Spain.”
  • 246 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The museum is located on the Montjuic mountain in the middle of Barcelona and the area has beutiful views of the city and the harbour.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in an old modernist factory designed by Puig i Cadafalch, CaixaForum has become one of the most dynamic, active and lively cultural centers of the city of Barcelona. The visit to the building, jewel of the industrial heritage of Barcelona, exhibitions dedicated to artists such as Dalí, Rodin, Freud, Turner, Fragonard, Hogarth or Cartier-Bresson, etc ...”
  • 128 locals recommend
Art Museum
“From mythical objects to materials of today and tomorrow, this museum is enthralling even for those who've never been interested in design”
  • 47 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The city’s wax museum is located in a 19th-century landmark palazzo which stands just off the famous Rambla, and brings to life some of the most prominent figures from the history of mankind. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Fundación Antoni Tàpies is a museum and cultural center dedicated mainly to the life and work of the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies. One of my favorites”
  • 36 locals recommend

History museums

Art Museum
“Museum with a collection of Catalan modernist paintings, sculptures, furniture & decorative arts.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This modernist building was built by architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner in 1906 and is located in Passeig de Gràcia.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“ROUTE C - Palau Robert (18 minutes walk distance from home / 3 minutes walk distance from Casa Milà / La Pedrera) It's nowadays hosts an exhibition centre with three halls, a concert hall, gardens as well as the Information Centre for Catalonia, including the city's tourism bureau. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Ruta del Modernisme will take you throughout the city. Look for the purple guidebook in the flat.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This is an extremely interesting museum - a guided walk through this bunker will give you a view into the civil war.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
  • 1 local recommends

Scenic lookouts

Theme Park
“This is possibly the coolest location for a theme park – on top of a mountain. It’s the only one in the city, and to get there you have to take the steep funicular. There’s a good mix of classic and more modern rides, with many suitable for all ages. It’s also next door to Sagrat Cor, atop which stands a huge statue of Jesus, and you can climb up to its base.”
  • 262 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Panoramic views of Barcelona from Spanish civil war bunkers where anti-aircraft guns were installed. Nice 20 min walk up the mountain. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
Theme Park
“The Tibidabo Amusement Park stands on Mount Tibidabo, the highest point on the Collserola Ridge and Barcelona's natural green "lung". Its prime position means you'll enjoy exceptional views of the city throughout your visit. Tibidabo is Spain's oldest amusement park, the second oldest in Europe and one of the first ever built in the world. Since it opened in 1901, its rides and attractions have been renewed and extended along with its amenities, including cafés, panoramic restaurants, play areas and lively entertainments whichyou'll find among the attractions.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Gaudí Avenue connects the Hospital Sant Pau with Sagrada Familia. It's a charming pedestrian area with plenty of restaurants.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Take a bus in plaza catalunya for less then 3 euros and you will get the best 360 view of the city. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Like a needle pointing towards the sky, the Collserola tower has been an iconic part of the Barcelona skyline since the year of the Olympics, 1992. It offers the most spectacular views of Barcelona.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“YOU WILL SEE THE CITY IN 360º AND IN THE EVENING A WONDERFUL SUNSET OVER BARCELONA AND THE SEA”
  • 8 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

Church
“What i like most about this must-see in Barcelona is the exhibition they have in the underground of the cathedral with the models Gaudí created to build it During the summer is necessary to book it in advance if you want to go in, if not it would be almost impossible to get a ticket for the day”
  • 1064 locals recommend
Castle
“A marvelous view from the castle (which is also the Catalan museum of art) down on the city and an incredible water and music show with lots of pretty and giant water fountains. Google for the actual show-times during your actual season.”
  • 418 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth).”
  • 128 locals recommend
Castle
“Montjuïc Castle (Catalan: Castell de Montjuïc, Spanish: Castillo de Montjuich) is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It currently serves as a Barcelona municipal facility. ”
  • 201 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, unlike other arcs with a marked military character, was created to commemorate a civil landmark, serving as a monumental entrance to the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888. Today, it has sometimes served as a goal in various sporting events, the most important being the Barcelona marathon. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“The Palau de la Música is a music auditorium located on Sant Pere més Alt Street in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Barcelona architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the leading representatives of Catalan modernism. ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Panoramic views of Barcelona from Spanish civil war bunkers where anti-aircraft guns were installed. Nice 20 min walk up the mountain. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
Church
“most famous building in Barcelona. If you think about entering buy your tickets at least the day before online. That will help to avoid queuing for hours. ”
  • 99 locals recommend

Libraries

Movie Theater
“Cinemateque for film buffs - great films at very cheap prices, in a colourful part of the Raval.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“It is a museum in Barcelona that houses a collection of musical instruments from around the world as well as biographical documents, from ancient civilisations to new technologies from the 21st century. It is situated on the 2nd floor of the l'Auditori de Barcelona ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Bar restaurant hidden in the gardens of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, nice place to have a drink or snack while you discover El Raval”
  • 24 locals recommend
Library
“Contemporary architecture from Josep Llinàs. Also a place to read in silence.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Library
“Gran biblioteca pública donde encontrar guias, libros, películas, música, revistas, periodicos, ordenadores, etc”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“Cool Library, free wifi plus international press & magazines. Children´s area nice.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Library
“Just to visit the building is already worth the visit. Gothic art, beautiful cloister where you can enjoy a coffee in the interior cafeteria.”
  • 8 locals recommend