The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

by TheFunPlan

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is situated in the Plaça dels Àngels, in El Raval, in the centre of Barcelona. With over 5,000 works of art, this museum is one of the most famous of Catalunya.

How the museum came to be is an interesting story in itself. An art critic thought that the city of Barcelona was missing a modern art museum. So, in 1959, he got a group of artists together to start doing exhibition. The held approximately 23 exhibitions before the city council decided that Barcelona did indeed need a modern art museum. Therefore, in 1986, the council asked American architect Richard Meier to design a museum. It was a controversial project, because first of all the building cost 35 million euros, and there wasn’t a collection ready for the museum. The museum opened on the 28th of November 1995- two years later than what was planned. Ideally, the museum would have been ready for the 1992 Barcelona summer Olympics.

Today, the museum focuses on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art. There is no permanent collection, only because there are so many works of art. The turnover is regular, in order to exhibit as much art as possible. The collection is structured around 3 main periods: 40’s-60s; 60’s-70’s and finally, a contemporary period.



The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum has a massive list of proposed itineraries. They are classified by themes. With an Itinerary, you can choose works and artists from the MACBA Collection; it is particularly useful as a resource for teachers. There are over 100 itineraries you can chose from!

Activities are a key part of the museum life. The MACBA offers a wide variation of activities as well as educational visits. One of the most popular activities is called Con Lupa. This workshop is organised as a treasure hunt. The museum transforms itself in a imaginary world in which the kids will explore this imaginary world. To learn more about this workshop and others, contact the museum by email or by phone 93 412 14 13. This workshop is made for kids aged between 6 and 12. It costs 40 euros per group of 25 students. Another workshop available is called En Espiral. This one is made for families with kids 6 and above. You will focus on movements, especially in Alice in Wonderland.

The museum is used to receiving school groups. They have many activities available all adequate for different age. They offer different activities in function of the age group. Older kids are often pushed to reflection and debates.

There are many workshops available, so we recommend you check out the website to see which ones are available at the moment! Most of them are here for a limited period of time, and you need to reserve beforehand.

Plan your visit

The general entry ticket costs 10 euros an is valid for one month. It allows unlimited multiple entries to all current exhibitions for one month from the date of purchase. If you are a student, or under 14 years of age, you can get a discount or even a free entry! Don’t forget to bring some ID or your student card to justify your age!

The museum also offers different options for guided visits . These visits usually last 1h30 and can be custom made to your needs and what you want to do/see. These tours are available ini many langages, once again do not hesitate to email ( so that they can accommodate you in the best way possible.

Depending on how long you are staying in Barcelona for and how many museums you plan on doing, we recommend you buy the Barcelona Articket. This ticket will grant you access to 6 of Barcelona’s biggest museums and is valid for a long period of time. So if you are thinking of doing several museums, this ticket is definitely worth it! You can buy it here.

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