What is it? It's the Picasso Museum! The permanent collection features nearly 4,000 pieces, mainly showing off young Pablo's formative years in art school, and his time later hanging out with Catalonia's fin-de-siècle avant-garde.
Why go? For the unbeatable seamless presentation of the artist's development from adolescent portraits to the intense innovations of his Blue Period; the gallery of mature Cubist paintings; and the inspired temporary exhibitions.
Top tip: Queues can be punishingly long; visit at lunch or shortly before the last entry, or buy your tickets in advance online.
Among the best things to do in Barcelona is visiting the city's impressive collections of art in Barcelona's museums and galleries. Famed Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Velázquez, among others, run the gamut of the 'isms' – Cubism, Impressionism, Modernism and Post-Modernism (to name a few). But in Barcelona's museums you'll also find plenty of collections that span from medieval times to the 1990s. Contemporary works by established and lesser-known artists are omnipresent too; and almost every museum organises temporary exhibitions that fill in the gaps (momentarily at least) in their permanent collections. Here is our list of the best museums in Barcelona.
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