If you're used to being soft-soaped by eager-to-please art centres, you'll have to adjust to the cryptic minimalism of the MACBA, where art is taken very seriously indeed. Yet if you can navigate the fridge-like interior of Richard Meier's enormous edifice, accept that much of the permanent collection is inaccessible to the uninitiated, tackle shows that flutter between the brilliant and baffling, and, most important, are prepared to do your reading, a trip to the MACBA can be extremely rewarding. Since its inauguration in 1995, the MACBA has transformed itself into a power player on the city's contemporary arts scene. Its bookshop is fantastic for quirky gifts and artist design objects.
|Venue name:||MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani|
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11am-8pm; Tue closed (excluding holidays); Sat 10am-8pm; Sun & holidays 10am-3pm. Guided tours in English Mon 6pm.|
|Transport:||Sant Antoni (M: L2)|
|Price:||Permanent & temporary exhibitions €10; €8 reduced. Temporary exhibitions €6; €4.50 reduced. The MACBA offers €15 passes, offering unlimited visits over a 12-month period. Free entry every Saturday from 4pm-8pm|