Museums Tour, Barcelona

Barcelona abounds in museums with rich expositions that are both informative and entertaining. The city's 55 museums cover a plethora of subjects, from art to history to architecture to science to sports to war. Take this tour to get familiar with the most acclaimed museums, galleries and scientific centers of Barcelona.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: clare
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Museu de la Xocolata

1) Museu de la Xocolata

The Museu de la Xocolata or the chocolate museum, as the name indicates is home to every bit of history associated with chocolate in Europe. The history and the contents of the museum allow one to explore the origin of chocolate, its mythological and factual factors, its use in medicine, its use as an aphrodisiac and also as everyone’s favourite food. One can witness the complete process of chocolate making from a cocoa bean to the final packaging here.

The Museu de la Xocolata is a rather small version in Barcelona, but it is definitely the most exciting. The sweet and appetizing aroma of chocolate hangs in every single corner of the building. This means that the complimentary chocolate that all visitors receive when they enter will only last a short while. It is one of the greatest places to visit in Barcelona for families.

One can always find various events, workshops and tours at the chocolate museum. One of the most interesting workshops is on creating chocolate sculptures. Schedules for all these events and happening can be found on their website.

One can buy all sorts of chocolates at the shop and café included in the museum building for an unforgettable taste of original chocolate.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 - 3:00 pm
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Museu Picasso

2) Museu Picasso (must see)

The perfect example of Pablo Ruiz Picasso’s formative years is the Picasso Museum located in Barcelona. The museum contains over 4,300 magnificent pieces by the great artist. It opened in 1961 and reflects the intimacy of the relationship that Picasso had with Barcelona, the place that had shaped his personality and influenced his art.

It was Picasso’s wish to leave the imprint of himself in the form of his artwork in Barcelona, a wish that came true with the help of his colleagues and James Sabartes, his secretary. Today, Barcelona is adorned with the works of one of the greatest artists ever lived.

Despite the fact that most of the pieces presented here are from the training and formative years of Picasso's career, the collection still looks rich and grand. The museum's collection spans from the year 1917 and includes one of Picasso's best-known series, Las Meninas. In 2008, the museum initiated the display of a large sized collection of Picasso’s prints.

Over the years, there have been various renovations and expansion projects within the museum. Even today, new programs are being developed in order to spread the knowledge to lovers of art. These programs include various activities, as well as certain services, all related to making Picasso’s work global.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredibly interesting to see the progression of Picasso's work from a very young age into adulthood and the unusual work we are more familiar with.
In addition to paintings, there is sculpture, ceramics and other works.

Tip:
Don't miss the museum shop, as many of the products are not available anywhere else.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10am-5pm; Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun: 9am-7pm; Thu: 9am-9:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museu Frederic Marès

3) Museu Frederic Marès (must see)

The Museu Frederic Marès in Barcelona, as the name suggests, is dedicated to showcasing the collections of its founder, Frederic Mares. He was born in 1893 and died in 1991. It was Frederic Marès who helped establish this impressive museum in the Catalan capital with his donations; the project reached its completion in 1946.

Many modifications have taken place at the museum since its establishment but the original courtyard garden has been preserved in its original form. Marès gave a whole new meaning and form to the conventional concept of sculpture. As a collector, he gathered a priceless variety of Hispanic sculptures throughout his life. Pieces from the ancient world to those dated the 19th century can be seen in this collection, along with the religious polychrome carvings widely present on many of the pieces displayed in the museum.

Here, visitors can see the Collector’s cabinet where one can feast eyes upon the countless magnificent pieces of art and artefacts that depict the lifestyles of the 19th century. Among these objects, one can find interesting items such as old photographs and documents, jewellery, clocks, reliquaries, pipes, keys etc. The museum offers an unforgettable experience and an amazing atmosphere to all its visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
If you are into Baroque, Medieval, Renaissance or ancient sculpture, this is the place for you.
Be sure to take a look at the many stone treasures from ancient Roman times on the bottom -1 floor as well.

Tip:
There is a courtyard restaurant in the summer; almost hidden away, but friendly and with delightful food and drink.
Sit at the table and be surrounded by medieval buildings!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm; 11am-8pm
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Museu de l'Erotica

4) Museu de l'Erotica

Barcelona is famous for being a home to some peculiar works of art and museums. One of them is the Musue de l’Erotica (museum of erotica) located on La Rambla, highlighting educational and recreational aspects of eroticism, the oldest and most consistent theme in the history of mankind, regardless of culture and race. The museum showcases eroticism and its development in different cultures, presented in the form of literature, pieces of art and archaeological findings. There are over 800 artifacts on display, originated mostly in Rome and Greece, providing comprehensive information on the rituals, religious beliefs and recreational aspects of eroticism. The museum is conveniently equipped for people with special needs. Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 12 pm. December 24: 10:00 - 17:00; January 1: 12:00 to 24:00; December 25: Closed
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

5) Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) (must see)

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, or MACBA) was designed by Richard Meier & Partners (1987-1995). The building’s architectural style has strong references to Modernism. This large (120 by 35 meters) white building has much of its southern elevation glazed, providing the visitor with views across the plaza, and allowing natural light into the interior. It includes a central library, specialized in art books and publications.

The museum opened to the public on 28 November 1995. All the art dates from the mid-20th century onward. There are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some foreign art is also represented.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting for the emphasis on installations and video pieces; worth the €10 admission if you're already a fan of contemporary art.

Tip:
Check out what the temporary exhibitions are beforehand if you can.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sat: 10am-7pm; Wed: 10am-8pm; Sun: 10am-2:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta neighborhood was originally formed during the 18th century by fishermen and their families. Today, La Barceloneta beach is one of the most active areas of the city, both during the day and night. It is an ideal place to go for a night out, be it to have dinner in a fancy restaurant or have a drink or party until the wee hours of the morning. This self-guided tour will help you discover the historic and modern highlights of La Barceloneta.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Eixample Souvenir Shopping

Eixample Souvenir Shopping

It's a pity, if not a crime, to leave Barcelona without visiting the local specialty shops. Check out this Eixample souvenir shopping tour for some gifts and souvenirs unique to Barcelona that you may want to bring home to your loved ones from this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour

Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour

In Barcelona you will find buildings that span all eras of the city’s 2000-year history. Gaudi, Gothic and Modernist buildings can all be seen in Catalonia's largest city. This tour is the perfect opportunity to visit Barcelona's acclaimed architectural sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Gaudí is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and other masterpieces will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Take this tour and enjoy the sight of Barcelona's architectural marvels created by Gaudí.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval Walking Tour

El Raval is a district in Barcelona which features many worth visiting attractions. The neighborhood is known as Barri Xinés, which means "Chinatown". El Raval is very lively during the day and quite awake all through the night, so visitors will always have something to do and see here. Be one of them and enjoy yourself in El Raval.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

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