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The Best Guide To Picasso Museum: The Art To See!

by Christian Petzold - updated August 6, 2021

Located in one of the cosiest and trendy districts of Barcelona, El Born, you will find one of the most interesting museums in the city. The Picasso Museum! Here, you will see a wide range of paintings (around 4.249 pieces!) from Picasso’s early years.

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and designer. He is considered as the creator of cubism, together with Georges Braque, and one of the most influential and revolutionary painters of the 20th century. Picasso was born in Málaga (Andalucía) in 1881. He showed a strong talent for drawing at a very young age.

Picasso moved with his family to Barcelona in 1895 and joined the most prestigious School of Fine Arts. Even though he was too young, he was accepted.

Going to art school and following strict rules were not fun activities for a young talented and free artist. He spent most of his time walking around, painting what he saw. Pablo Picasso was more interested in people everyday life, gipsies, prostitutes or beggars than in the magnificence of Velázquez or Michelangelo.

In the museum, you will find plenty of paintings from his period in Barcelona. Later he moved to Madrid and after to Paris, but he always felt very connected with this city.

The idea of creating a museum with Picasso´s painting came from Jaime Sabartés, a close friend of the artist. He donated all his collection to the museum. Picasso museum opened to the public in 1963, and it was the only one created during the artist’s lifetime.

After Jaime Sabartés died in 1869, Picasso also donated plenty of new pieces, like Las Meninas inspired by Velázquez. The museum became more famous and important. In 1970 the artist made a second donation consisting of more than 920 works of different styles and techniques. Most of the paintings exhibited correspond to the period between 1890 and 1917.

Picasso Museum Paintings

The museum grew in importance and donations continued. In 1982, Jacqueline Roque gave more than forty unique ceramic pieces to the museum. The Picasso’s collection has been completed with special pieces from family, individuals and various art galleries.

If you want to know more about the history and the architecture of the city and Picasso´s art, keep reading.

What to see at the Picasso Museum?

Picasso´s collection is located in five gothic palaces. Not only the art pieces but also the buildings are special here. Every palace has a different history, and today all together embrace one of the biggest Picasso´s collections in the world. Do not miss it!

Palace Aguilar

Palace Aguilar

This building dates from the 13th century, but it had several alterations till 18th century. It was the property of Berenguer de Aguilar, who bought it from the Coromines-Desplà bourgeois family around the year 1400. During a renovation, they found an impressive fresco from 1229.

It represented the conquest of Majorca, and the work was made up of cauldrons and roses, which suggest that the palace belonged to the lineage Caldes and Desvalls. The central courtyard has an open staircase and a gallery of pointed gothic arches. A very typical solution in medieval architecture.

Palace Baró de Castellet

Palace Baro De Castellet

This palace receives its name because of his owner Mariano Alegre de Aparici i de Amat, who got the noble title of Baron de Castellet from the hands of King Carlos IV. This palace has a similar structure than the rest. There are a central courtyard and an open staircase.

On its facade, you will find an interesting relief with a religious theme from the 16th century. On the main floor, there is a neoclassical hall made of marble and polychrome elements from the mid-18th century.

Palace Meca

It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries. Jaime Caballero, an advisor from the Barcelona City Council, was the first owner in 1349. His grandson, Ramón Desplà y Caballero, made this palace the most important one of the neighbourhood.

The palace had a lot of different owners, but its name comes from José Meca y Cazador. He was an important marquis from the Cassador (the Hunter) saga. This building was built around a central courtyard, as well as the rest of the palaces. On the main floor, there are some polychrome medieval coffered ceilings. Definitely, it is worth to check!

Casa Mauri

Casa Mauri is from the 18th century. According to the experts, the foundations of the house were built on much older structures. They seem to be from the Roman era! In Casa Mauri, on the facade, you will appreciate a very beautiful and unique wooden latticework. It is almost the only example in Barcelona! These walls are full of history!

The building had several owners, and it even came to have industrial uses. It was around 1943 when it was bought by the Mauri tearooms, the company that gave it its name. In 1999 it was acquired by the Picasso Museum.

Palace Finestres

This palace is dated from the 13th century, but it was built on top of a Roman necropolis. The owners are unknown until 1698 when it was acquired by the Dalmases family. In 1872 José Vidal y Torres, the owner of Casa Mauri, bought it and annexed it to his house.

This palace has very interesting details from the 13th century like a coffered ceiling and two windows with columns, very typical from those times. Nowadays, Palace Finistres is used as a temporary exhibition space.

This museum is a must-see in Barcelona. You will find a wide range of paintings from Picasso. A nice selection you can not miss!

You will discover paintings like Science and Charity, Harlequin (1917), Woman with Bonnet (1901), The Offering (1908), The Pigeons (1957), the complete series of Las Meninas (1957, 58 pieces inspired byVelázquez), and Seated Man (1969) among others.

Everything embraced by old medieval palaces. The atmosphere here is special and unique. If you want to know how to get there, keep reading!

Guided Tours

Picasso museum is one of the most interesting art spaces in Barcelona. If you like art and also history this is a perfect match for you! Joining a guided tour is the best option to get to know all the details and hidden secrets of the collection and the building.

Picasso Museum Stairs

Forget about long waiting lines and having to prepare everything. Just arrive on time and enjoy your stay here. The visit will be made with a small group and with a knowledgeable guide. The guided tour lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Visit on Your Own

If you prefer to visit it on your own, there are a few things you must take into account. Picasso museum is very famous, so it is going to be very busy. If you want to visit on your own, the best option is to buy the tickets online before you get there. Receive them via email, SMS or in our app and show them on your smartphone (no need to print), easy!

If you go directly, you will have to wait long lines and probably a long time to enter. Don’t waste your holiday time on these things. Choose which time fits better for you and go ahead!

You can check times, prices, etc. in our facts below. All the info you need is here!

How and Where to Buy Tickets?

You can buy the tickets at the entrance of the Picasso museum, but it will be very busy, especially during the summertime. The best option is to buy the tickets online and be on time there. Avoiding long lines and the crowd will let you relax and enjoy the city and its charms.

You will need to show the ticket on your smartphone at the entrance. That is all! Check our facts and tickets options, find what fits better for you and be ready for this cosy and unique museum.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is the Picasso Museum?

The Picasso museum is located in the centre of Barcelona, in El Born district. It is a very cosy and trendy neighbourhood. You will find a lot of bars, cafés and arty shops. Get lost walking around its medievals narrow streets. You will feel the vibe of this vibrant city!

The museum is in Carrer Montcada street, 15-23. A street full of history, full of medieval palaces and sometimes full of visitors.

What’s the best time to visit the Picasso Museum?

  • Opening times: Monday, 10:00AM-5:00PM. Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00AM to 7:00PM. Thursday 9:00AM-9.30PM.
  • Museum Closed Schedule: January 1st, May 1st, June 24th, December 25th.
  • Times change January 5th: From 9:00AM-5:00PM; December 24th and 31st: From 9:00AM-2:00PM.

If you want to avoid the crowd, the best option to visit the museum is early in the morning or late in the evening. Try to avoid peak hours and your visit will be nicer.

If you want to avoid running out of tickets once you get there, it is very recommended to buy them in advance. You will regret to miss this opportunity.

No more tickets will be sold thirty minutes after the closing time. Ticket sales may also end before the museum closes if tickets are sold out.

Barcelona is a very busy but wonderful city. Organize your time, play smart and enjoy!

How to get to the Picasso Museum?

The general access is located in Montcada street, Nº 15-23.

  • Metro: Line 4 Jaume I station and Line 1 Arc de Triomf station.
  • Bus: 120 45 V15 V17 Via Laietana stop, 39 51 H14 Passeig Picasso stop, H14 45 51 Pla de Palau stop, 120 Princesa stop.

Accessibility for the disabled and people with reduced mobility.

The museum is fully accessible and has wheelchairs for those visitors who require it. This service is free.

Visitors with reduced mobility or wheelchair users can use the elevator. Please contact the museum entrance staff to request this service.

Guide dogs are allowed in the building and the rooms.

The museum has adapted toilets.

All the activities of the educational service are designed to be carried out with groups of people with special needs. Also, the educational service offers specific activities for various groups with specific needs.

What is the average length of the Picasso Museum visit?

The visit might take around 1.30 hours, but it will depend on the type of visit you choose. It will also depend on the waiting time, and the time you want to spend here.

You can check what the temporary exhibitions are about and if you find them worth to visit. It will help you to organize your time!

What are the rules when visiting the Picasso Museum?

  • The box office hours end 30 minutes before the museum’s closing time.
  • The entrance must be kept until the end of the visit.
  • It is not allowed to enter the exhibition rooms with backpacks, suitcases or bags larger than 30 × 30 cm, umbrellas, drinks, food or pets, except in the case of guide dogs.
  • The museum has a free luggage service. To use it, you must show the museum entrance ticket or the reservation confirmation letter.
  • In the exhibition halls, photographs and videos can be taken for personal use. Under no circumstances is flash or tripod use permitted.
  • It is not allowed to enter the rooms with food or drink.
  • Please silence the acoustic signals of the mobile phone during the visit.
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

How much do the tickets to the Picasso Museum cost?

General admission Collection:

  • € 12 Collection.
  • € 12 Collection + temporary exhibitions.
  • € 6.50 Temporary exhibition (check at the moment).

Reduced admission Collection:

  • € 7 Collection.
  • € 7 Collection + temporary exhibitions.
  • € 4.50 Temporary exhibition (check at the moment).

Who can get the reduced admission ticket?

  • People from 18 to 25 years old.
  • Duly accredited university students.
  • People aged 65 and over.
  • Unemployed persons or holders of the reduced pink card.
  • Holders of the Barcelona Libraries card.

Free entrance:

  • Under 18 years old.
  • Free Pink Card Holders.
  • The duly accredited members of ICOM.
  • The duly accredited members of the Association of Museologists of Catalonia.
  • Professional tourist guides in the exercise of their work.
  • The holders of the Teaching Card issued by the Generalitat de Catalunya in the exercise of their work.
  • Regulated teaching teachers accredited by the management of the educational centre in the exercise of their work.
  • People who have the Metropolitan Pass for the companion of a disabled person.
  • Duly accredited journalists.

It is also possible to get free tickets during specific days and times.

  • Thursday afternoon from 6:00PM
  • The first Sunday of each month.
  • The days of open doors: February 12, May 17 and September 24.

It is a wonderful and inspiring museum. If you’re into art, you will not want to miss it! The content of a museum is important, but not the only thing to consider. Here’s another fact about it.

There are five large Gothic-style palaces that house the Picasso museum. They are dated between the 13th and 14th centuries, occupying a total area of ​​10,628 m². Each building follows the same pattern. There is an internal courtyard with an external staircase leading to the noble floors.

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