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Picasso Museum

A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.

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Portrait of the artist as a young man

The Picasso Museum boasts an incredible 4,000 works by Spain’s most beloved and prolific artist. The Museum, which was opened ten years before his death in 1963, focuses on Picasso’s relationship with Barcelona, particularly in his formative years.

The extensive collection is housed in five palaces on the medieval street Carrer Montcada, and comprises not only his paintings, drawings and sculptures, but also photographs and records of the young Picasso. The buildings have been remodelled since the Middle Ages, and the beautiful Catalan Gothic structures we see today date from the 18th century.


The father of modern art

Born in Málaga in 1881, the son of a painter and art professor, Picasso showed an exceptional aptitude for art at a very young age. He began his formal training with his father at the age of seven. After the death of his younger sister the family moved to Barcelona in 1895, and here Picasso found a haven; although he went on to move regularly throughout his life, he came to regard the city as his true home. At just 13 he managed to gain entry to the advanced class in the Llotja School of Fine Arts, and began to form his inimitable personal style.

Later in life, Picasso himself expressed the wish for a museum of his works to be built in Barcelona and in 1960 plans were set in motion. The museum was originally called the Sabartés Collection: Picasso was vocally opposed to the regime of Francisco Franco, then dictator of Spain, so his name could not appear on a national monument. Sabartés was a fellow painter and poet from Barcelona, and a close personal friend of Picasso. The original museum consisted of Sabartés’ own collection of Picasso’s work as well as a few donations of illustrated prints and drawings.

Having grown exponentially over the years through donations and acquisitions, the present collection is a comprehensive showcase: visitors can follow the development of Picasso’s art from the stunning 1896 Portrait of Aunt Pepa, painted when the artist was only 14, through the world-changing innovations of Cubism and his Rose, African and Blue Periods. Though some of his most famous mature works, such as Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, are held elsewhere, the Picasso Museum is an unmissable insight into one of the story of a modern master.

Nearby Attractions

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Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s oldest and most atmospheric district.
Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Barcelona Cathedral
A magnificent Gothic cathedral in the old centre of Barcelona, and the seat of the Archbishop of Spain.
Cascada Monumental
Huge fountain in the Parc de la Ciutadella
El Fossar de les Moreres
Memorial to the defenders of Barcelona who died in the siege of 1714
Parc de la Ciutadella
Scenic city park housing the Catalan Parliament

Related Tours

A Full Day Private VIP Tour of Barcelona inc Transportation
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city in the luxury of your own private vehicle and guide, where comfort and convenience are guaranteed. 

  • Receive skip the line entrance tickets to all attractions visited during the tour.
  • Marvel at Gaudí’s creations – visit sites like Sagrada Família Cathedral – Barcelona’s most iconic and architectural gem, still undergoing construction. 
  • Get lost in the Heart of Barcelona – come across landmarks like the bustling Plaza Catalonia and Las Ramblas
  • Discover the inspiring artwork at the Picasso Museum
  • Soak in the sun at Barcelona’s breathtaking seafront and beaches
On this tour, you will see some of Gaudí’s awe-inspiring masterpieces, including Sagrada Família Cathedral and Parc Güell – which are unlike the work of any artist. Your journey will take you through the heart of Barcelona, where you will experience the liveliness of La Rambla and Plaza Catalonia  and the history of the Gothic Quarter. From there, you will immerse yourself in the brilliance of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum and end the day at Barcelona’s stunning beachfront and Olympic Port

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
Private Walking Tour of Barcelona Art Museums: The Best of Picasso and Catalan Art
If you’re a fan of Catalan artwork but have had your fix of Gaudí, this tour is perfect for you, as you will have the experience of taking in the masterpieces of other well known Catalan artists - Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Take this iconic tour and with the help of our expert guides, discover some of the most famous and influential artists to have emerged from Catalonia.

  • Receive skip-the-line-entrance admission to all museums visited during the tour.  
  • View the incredible 3500-artwork collection of Pablo Picasso at The Picasso Museum.
  • Visit Fundació Joan Miró where the classic Catalan works of Joan Miró are displayed.
Barcelona is often considered the art and cultural capital in Spain and is known for having its own distinctive culture and language. The Catalan style is prominently displayed in the Romanesque and modernist art which have emerged from the city over the centuries. 
Picasso Revealed Private Walking Tour inc Tickets: A Legend of Modern Art
On this three-hour tour, you will visit the sites and places that were influential to Picasso and will have the opportunity to see 3,800 artwork from his collection at the Museu Picasso.

  • Explore La Ribera neighbourhood where Picasso spent much of his youth. 
  • See Museu Picasso, a museum that houses one of the most extensive collections of artwork from Picasso.
  • Reflect in Els Quatre Gats- Picasso's infamous avant-garde hangout and location of his first personal show in 1900.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1993) is often referred to as the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century and one of the creators of Cubism. He was a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, who was considered both innovative and controversial at the same time. It was Barcelona which Picasso called home for most of his life and the city also became his muse. 
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