Don-Spanish’s top 5 Barcelona Museums
The MNAC, CCCB and the Picasso Museum are among those that open their doors to the public on the first Sunday of every month all year round, and others do the same every Sunday afternoon – and they’re all on the house. So if you are feeling like you want a little cultural education why not take a look at Don-Spanish’s top 5 museums in Barcelona.
Explore the sticky story of chocolate through audiovisual displays (in English on request), touch-screen presentations, historical exhibits and the most extraordinary chocolate models of anything from grand momentous monuments such as La Sagrada Família to cartoon characters such as Winnie the Pooh. You can even sign up for cooking demonstrations and tastings!!! You will trace the origins of chocolate, from its arrival in Europe and the many myths and images that surround the chocolate. It will have you craving chocolate making make sure you head for the nearest confectionery shop, but you don’t have to — they sell plenty of chocolate right here! You can even join the guided tours or take part in chocolate-making sessions. So if you are a chocolate lover this is the place for you to be.
This museum is for sea and land lovers alike, Barcelona’s maritime museum has been renovated and reopened to the public with not only a large permanent collection of ships, but also temporary exhibits as well. As a Mediterranean port city, much of Barcelona’s history is connected to the sea, and although the building that houses this museum is at the end of Las Ramblas, it was once much closer to the sea and was historically used to build galley ships for wartime. This is a very interesting museum to visit even if you are not a particular fan of boats.
This museum is housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch This holds an extensive private collection of contemporary art. The Caixa building society rotates its international line-up of works and organises frequent temporary exhibitions, which means that no two visits will be the same. Among the artists in the permanent collection are such Spanish icons as Antoni Tàpies and Miquel Barceló. This is a very interesting museum and especially good for those of you are into your contemporary art.
This is Barcelona‘s most visited museum and shows numerous works tracing Picasso’s early years especially his Blue Period, with canvasses like The Defenceless, as well as ceramics and his early works from the 1890s. The rest of the museum traces Picasso‘s life. The beautiful stone mansions that houses the museum is situated on the Carrer de Montcada, which was, in medieval times, an approach to the port. The 1st floor is devoted to Picasso’s Blue Period. The 2nd floor displays his impressionist-influenced works, produced in Barcelona and Paris between 1900 and 1904. The haunting Portrait of Señora Canals(1905), from his Rose Period, is also on display. His later works, which were all painted in Cannes in 1957 are also displayed. This Museum is a must see for any Picasso lover.
This is the grandest and worthiest of all Barcelona‘s art museums, the MNAC gathers under one roof a large array of Catalan works that ranges from the Middle Ages all the way through to the 1900s. The Romanesque art is a unique experience.The museum’s two main permanent exhibitions cover Romanesque and Gothic art, although these are slowly being enlarged with other collections, including those of the former Museu Nacional d’Art Modern de Catalunya covering Catalan art from the mid-19th century through to modernisme (Catalan modernism) and Noucentisme. By far the most extraordinary section is that dedicated to Romanesque art, is is one of the most important concentrations of early medieval art in the world. This museum is well worth a visit for some spectacular art.