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Museu Picasso de Barcellona

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The “Museu Picasso de Barcellona” is a museum located in the center of Barcelona that houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Pablo Picasso.

The visit lasts about an hour and a half and the permanent collection contains over 4000 works by the Malaga artist dating back mainly to his youth and the years of his education.

Not just paintings, Picasso dedicates himself to the art of engraving, whose works are exhibited here. In the museum you can also admire a unique collection of ceramics, testifying to the eclectic nature of Picasso’s artistic production, also a master in measuring himself with techniques other than painting. In addition to the permanent collection, the Picasso Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, including by other artists.

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What is the Museu Picasso?

It is a museum  that houses Picasso’s early and formative works. Among these works we can see the evolution of the artist who will later be considered the father of Cubism.

When was the Museu  Picasso opened to the public?

The museum was founded in 1963 by Picasso’s lifelong friend and secretary Jaume Sabartés who donated numerous paintings by the artist. It opened to the public on 9 March 1963, becoming the first museum dedicated to Picasso’s work and the only one created during his lifetime. He himself suggested building the museum in Barcelona and not in Malaga, his hometown. It has since been declared a museum of national interest by the Government of Catalonia.

Where is the museum housed?

The Museu Picasso occupies five large Catalan Gothic-styled houses or palaces of the Carrer de Montcada Barcelona, dating from the 13th century and 14th century, occupying a total area of 10,628 sqm.  The buildings were built following a similar pattern, around a courtyard equipped with an exterior staircase that allows access to the main floors. The buildings that house the collection of Picasso’s works also have their own history and name. (Palau Aguilar, Palau Baró de Castellet, Palau Meca, Casa Mauri and Palau Finestres).

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Museu Picasso.


It is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces on Montcada Street in the La Ribera neighborhood in the Old City of Barcelona. The address is: Calle Montcada, 15-23

Opening hours

To visit the Museu Picasso the times are as follows:

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm

Mondays: closed.

How to get to the Museu Picasso

To reach the Museu Picasso:

Metro: Arc de Triomf, line 1; Liceu, line 3; Jaume I, line 4.

Buses: lines 39, 51, 45, 120, V15, V17, H14.

Attractions nearby

  • European Museum of Modern Art – MEAM (40 m)
  • Basílica Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona (197 m)
  • Museu de la Xocolata in Barcelona (220 m)
  • Museu d’Història de Barcelona MUHBA (294 m)
  • Gothic Quarter in Barcelona (317 m)

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