Picasso Museum in Barcelona - What Can You See of Pablo Picasso Art?

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Visit the Picasso Museum and see Picasso paintings, sketches, prints, ceramics, and other artworks. There are few artists in the history of art who have achieved such universal fame as Pablo Picasso. It should be no surprise, therefore, that the "Museu Picasso," is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Barcelona.

Picasso Museum - The museum entrance at Montcada street

The museum entrance at Montcada street

The Museu Picasso is a Highlight of Any Trip to Barcelona

Located on Carrer de Montcada, the museum is situated in the heart of a beautiful area full of historic ambiance and restaurants and shops. The museum will be a definite highlight for any art, culture and history lovers traveling to Barcelona.

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Picasso Museum - Menu cover designed by Picasso for Els 4 Gats (replicas in the Restaurant)

Menu cover designed by Picasso for Els 4 Gats (replicas in the Restaurant)

What Should You See at the Picasso Museum?

Some Pablo Picasso famous paintings that you can find in the permanent collection of the museum include Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (1896), Science and Charity (1897), Harlequin (1917), Las Meninas (1957), and Seated Man (1969), among many others. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum features multiple temporary exhibitions each year.

Substantial discounts are available for visitors under 29 or over 65 years old. Plus, those willing to brave the long lines can gain free admission to the museum every Sunday after 3 pm, and all day on the first Sunday of every month. There is a library on the premises – access is free. However, it is necessary to make an appointment in advance. Multiple metro and bus stops, and nearby garages make it easy to get to the museum.

Our popular Picasso Walking tour explores some of this famous artist's favorite haunts in Barcelona including Els Quatre Gats. The entire tour lasts two hours and includes one hour of walking and a one hour guided tour through the museum (admission is completely free when you book this tour).

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Picasso Museum - One of the adjacent buildings of the museum

One of the adjacent buildings of the museum

Brief History of the Museu Picasso

The museum was originally founded in 1960 by Picasso’s secretary, Jaume Sabartes. When the museum opened its doors in 1963, the collection consisted mostly of works Picasso had given Sabartes over the course of their long friendship.

The collection continued to grow as the museum received donations from many different sources, including Picasso himself. In 1970, he donated over 900 works that had been stored at his family’s home in Barcelona. These works offer tremendous insight into the artist’s early development.

Over the years, the collection of Pablo Picasso art has continued to grow, requiring the institution to expand to adjacent buildings. These buildings are historically and architecturally interesting in their own right, as they are palaces built during the 13th - 15th centuries.

Currently, the museum houses over 4000 Picasso works in 5 historic buildings. The Government of Catalonia recently declared the Museu Picasso a museum of national interest.

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Picasso Museum - Restaurant and Cafe Els 4 Gats

Restaurant & Cafe Els 4 Gats

Picasso's Special Relationship with the City of Barcelona

Here is some additional Pablo Picasso biography information. Picasso’s family moved to Barcelona when Picasso was an adolescent, so much of his formative artistic and personal development took place there. As a teenager, he studied art at Barcelona’s Llotja School of Fine Arts for two years before transferring to the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid.

As his impatience with the confines of academia grew, he soon found himself back in Barcelona, frequenting the famous Els Quatre Gats café, known at the time as a gathering place for Barcelona’s avant-garde. Els Quatre Gats was the site of Picasso’s first solo exhibition in 1900.

After he left Barcelona for Paris, Picasso continued to visit Barcelona, and his artwork continued to derive inspiration from the city of his youth. In fact, the city was featured in one of Picasso’s most famous and influential works.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which depicted women from a brothel on Carrer d'Avinyó in Barcelona. The Museu Picasso was established in Barcelona at Picasso’s request, as a tribute to the city that meant so much to him.

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Picasso Museum - Museum access in one of the buildings

Museum access in one of the buildings

The Museu Picasso is a Main Tourist Destination

The first of its kind, the Museu Picasso continues to house the largest and most complete collection of Pablo Picasso art.

Of particular interest is the museum’s impressive inventory of early Picasso artwork, which serves as a visual Pablo Picasso biography, displaying his fascinating development from a precocious young master of traditional methods to daring and groundbreaking innovator.