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.
We’ll cut right to the chase; the best museums in Barcelona are among the best in all of Europe. How could they not be? The Catalan capital is home to some of the greatest art on the planet, and the museums and galleries of the city pay homage to that long list of creative geniuses that this part of the world has given us. Cubism, Impressionism, Modernism, Post-Modernism, you name it, you’ll find it.
Hopping from one treasure trove of art to another is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, especially when you can then head to a rooftop bar to consider all the magic you’ve devoured. Barcelona’s museums are one big love letter to art, with legendary permanent exhibitions and a conveyor belt of temporary ones that deserve all the attention in the world.