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Barcelona museums and galleries you can visit from home

Museums and galleries in Barcelona and beyond offer virtual visits as we stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus

By Eugènia Sendra and Jan Fleischer

In Barcelona, Madrid and beyond, museums and art galleries are doing their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 by remaining temporarily closed. And they’re also contributing to helping us get our art fix by providing online versions of their collections for us to enjoy. So settle in to discover artists and great works, as we continue to cultivate thought and creativity together with visits to virtual museums from home. (We also recommend following hashtags like #MuseumsAtHome, #MuseusACasa and #MuseosEnCasa.)

Virtual Barcelona museums

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Photograph: Pere Vivas

National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

Museums Art and design Sants - Montjuïc

Have a look at the MNAC's collections, from the Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll to the Virgin of the Consellers altarpiece, from baroque still lifes to Catalan modernist paintings. The website offers other resources as well, like a puzzle made from an artwork of your choice and the application Second Canvas (which is available from other museums as well), which lets you get up close to see details of the works. The MNAC is active these days via the hashtag #elMuseuNacionalACasa.


Egyptian Museum

Things to do Dreta de l'Eixample

You can download the museum's app for Apple and Android phones and visit Barcelona's collection of Egyptian art with an audio guide. Available in four languages, including English.

Virtual museums around Spain


Online museums

Catalan museum of fashion

This online initiative helps you discover hundreds of historical garments from all around Catalonia. Take a peek into the wardrobes of Catalans from the past, including civil as well as ceremonial garb worn by women and men. (Texts in Catalan and Spanish.)

Catalan architecture

Some 1,7000 works and more than 1,000 top architects make up this project by the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC), a fun and informative tool that opens the door to never-before-seen documentation from the COAC Archive, among others sources. For now texts are available only in Catalan.

Virtual visits to international museums

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most well-known and most-visited art galleries in Italy. Virtually enter the Florentine palace to enjoy the statue gallery, and works by Boticcelli, Leonardo, Rubens and other big names in the world of art.


Tate galleries

While Tate's four galleries are temporarily closed, the Tate website is offering up more than a virtual tour: it's brought together 78,000 works of art by 4,000 artists as well as more than 20,000 documents. One of the best places to fortify yourself with visual culture and contemporary thought.


Vatican Museums

If you've got a whole day free, why not spend it learning about the iconography and history of the figures represented in the Sistine Chapel, one of the jewels of the Vatican Museums, which is also open for virtual tours.



This five-hour one-take video, which is actually an iPhone 11 advert, has the added bonus of taking you on a tour inside the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.


British Museum

Welcome to the British Museum and Google's Museum of the World. Fasten your seatbelt and travel via an interactive design that offers images and texts about art and design, life and death, power and identity, religion and belief, and trade and conflict.


Galería Zielinsky


The artist Luca Parise sets up an interactive exhibition with acquisition of his art based on exchange. In 'Barganha', instead of selling his sculptures, he exchanges them for other goods. You can head in, have a look around, and make an offer until April 17.

Chiquita Room
Photograph: Maria Dias

Chiquita Room

Art Sant Antoni

The current exhibition on at Chiquita Room, 'Mise en images', reflects on images from the collections of books by curators Rosa Lleó and Pedro Torres. Right now you can't see it live or turn the pages of the books, but every day through Instagram the gallery shows visitors some of the titles that make up the exhibition.




To deal with this period of confinement, the gallery in Barcelona's Eixample (as well as Madrid's Marlborough in the Alonso Martínez neighbourhood) wants to keep offering content to art lovers. Pay attention to their social networks, which they're using to post commentary on artworks by experts and virtual visits to studios of artists such as Juan Genoves, Antonio Lópe, Blanca Muñoz and Soledad Sevilla. Follow them at #MarlboroughEnTuCasa, #ArteADomicilio and #YoMequedoEnCasa.

And when the confinement period is over...

Museu Picasso
Photograph: Juan Ávila

The 11 best Barcelona museums


Among the best things to do in Barcelona is visiting the city's impressive collections of art in Barcelona's museums and galleries. As well as works by famed Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Velázquez, you'll also find plenty of collections that span from medieval times to the present.

Galeria Joan Prats
Photograph: Galeria Joan Prats

Barcelona's best art galleries


While all of the big museums in town are great for seeing well-known artists and the history of art over time, the little art galleries throughout Barcelona are equally as interesting. From limited exhibitions to displays of local artists, the galleries allow for fresh takes on art. Head to any of the galleries, where you always get in free, and you'll be amazed at the treasures you might find.


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