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Attractions

Barcelona's best museums, according to the experts

From the modern art masterpieces of Picasso to a recreated Amazonian rainforest, these 14 Experts' Choice museums have something for everyone.

by Michael Carl Budd

Picasso Museum 96

Carrer Montcada, 15-23

This magnificent museum, to which Picasso donated 1700 works before his death, pays homage to the relationship the artist had with the city of Barcelona.

- Michelin Guide

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC 96

Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuic

This museum contains ten centuries of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the modern day.

- Michelin Guide

Joan Miró Foundation 95

Parc de Montjuic

With its high ceilings, arches, and airy passages, this innovative building houses the world's largest collection of Miró's work plus British art, from 1945 to 1968-that is, postwar to Pop.

- Travel + Leisure

This peaceful old convent was first opened to the public in 1983 and is now a museum of monastic life.

- Lonely Planet

When Richard Meier's cool, white, futuristic "ship" sailed into the heart of El Raval, it regenerated an area best known as the underbelly of Barcelona.

- Concierge

Maritime Museum 88

Av. de les Drassanes s/n

These mighty Gothic shipyards are not as extensive as their Venetian counterparts but they’re an extraordinary piece of civilian architecture nonetheless.

- Lonely Planet

This is the third most popular Barcelona museum, after the Miró and Picasso, to be devoted to the work of a single, prolific artist.

- Frommer's

Frederic Mares Museum 85

Placa de Sant lu 5-6, Barri Gotic

This museum is home to an iimpresive collection by the sculptor Frederic Marès.

- Michelin Guide

CaixaForum 85

Av. Ferrer i Guardia, 6-8

Today this cultural centre boasts a splendid contemporary art collection of some 800 pieces, which are exhibited around different themes.

- Michelin Guide

Museo d'Historia de Catalunya 82

Moll de la Barcelonetta

This recently renovated group of buildings built in 1900 houses a permanent exhibition which charts Catalonian history from pre-history to the present day.

- Michelin Guide

L’Aquarium de Barcelona 81

Moll d_Espanya del Port Vell, s/n

The main draw here is the Oceanari, a giant shark-infested tank traversed via a glass tunnel on a slow-moving conveyor belt.

- Time Out

Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia 79

Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41

This museum plumbs the history and pre-history of Catalunya with extensive permanent exhibitions of artifacts recovered in archaeological excavations around the region and on the Balearic Islands.

- Frommer's

CosmoCaixa Barcelona 82

Isaac Newton, 26

The big hit is the 'Flooded Forest', a mocked-up section of rainforest complete with real, native species of flora and fauna – my little one can spend so long in here I've learned to take a book.

- The Telegraph

This multidisciplinary gallery, lecture hall, and concert and exhibition space offers a year-round program of cultural events and projects, well worth checking out.

- Fodor's

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