Barcelona is home to Museu Picasso, one of the world’s largest collections of Pablo Picasso’s artworks. With over 4,200 different works, Museu Picasso was the first museum dedicated solely to Picasso’s work. It’s also the only one that existed during his lifetime!
Pablo Picasso was born in the Andalusian region of Spain. Despite spending most of his adult years in France, he maintained a deep connection to Barcelona throughout his life. It’s the city where he spent his formative years and more than anywhere else, considered his home.
Opened in 1963, Museu Picasso focuses on the artist’s work from these formative years. The museum claims that the collection is ‘practically exhaustive’ up to the Blue Period. You’ll find the artwork housed in a series of 5 adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona’s Bank District.
With such a vast collection and an impressive building within itself, the Museu Picasso should be on everyone’s to-do list when in Barcelona. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss in the museum of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
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When to visit Museu Picasso
The Museu Picasso can be visited on Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. On Thursdays it’s also open late until 9:30 pm. However, be mindful that the museum is closed on Mondays, as well as some bank holidays throughout the year.
If you’re on a budget, the Picasso Museum is free the first Sunday of the month from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. You can also visit for free on Thursday afternoons 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm. Go early morning to avoid the biggest crowds.
How long is needed to visit Museu Picasso
You should reserve around 90 minutes to visit Museu Picasso. If you’d like to also see the temporary exhibition, you’ll want around two hours in total.
What should I wear to visit Museu Picasso
You can dress comfortably for your visit to Museu Picasso. If you have bags or coats, you can rent a locker on site for €1.00, so bring a €1 coin along. You can’t bring a drink into the museum with you, so be sure to finish your drinks before you head in.
What is there to see in Museu Picasso
The art is the star attraction and it doesn’t disappoint! Museu Picasso covers many eras of Picasso’s work, with over 4,000 pieces. It all starts with the formative years, which is also the biggest collection in the museum. There are also lots of pieces from the Blue Period, the Barcelona years and the Rose Period. At the end of the tour, you’ll also see a variety of works from Velazquez in the Meninas Room.
While the artwork is the main drawcard, the museum houses are an attraction within themselves. You’ll find Museu Picasso off Calle Montcada in the trendy Born district of Barcelona. The museum is made up of five adjoining palaces, dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Built in a Gothic Catalan style, these palaces follow a similar pattern and are based around a courtyard with an external staircase. Each house has its own history to discover!
The Museu Picasso often hosts special temporary exhibitions. Here you’ll discover artworks by both Picasso and other artists. The museum also organises lectures and seminars on topics relevant to Picasso. The temporary exhibitions are included in the general admission price. Some past examples of such temporary exhibitions include Mythologies, Cubism and War, Jacqueline and Picasso: Photography and Ceramic.