The Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum is one of the best museums in Barcelona

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona highlights his early years, when he was still learning, and clearly shows his relationship with Barcelona city, it was shaped in his youth and adolescence, and continued until he died in 1973.

The museum has the largest collection of his early works. More than 3500 works of art, some of the best things to see in Barcelona.

The museum is in a Gothic palace complex with a courtyard and is well worth exploring, it is actually one of the most popular and most visited museums in Barcelona.

When he was 14 years of age he and his family moved to Barcelona from La Coruña in Galicia. In Barcelona he blossomed, the Barcelona Picasso museum will give you the chance to discover his Blue and Rose periods, his sketches and family portraits.

Picasso wanted to leave his mark on Barcelona and his desire was made a reality when Jaume Sabartés, a close friend from his youth and his personal secretary from 1935 onwards, donated his own personal collection of paintings to Barcelona.

This is the first Picasso museum to be opened in the world while Picasso was still alive.

The museum opened on the 3rd of march 1963 and was called the “Sabartés Collection” and was housed in the Palau Aguilar.

In 1970 Picasso personally donated almost 1000 more works of art to the museum that had been kept in his family's home in Barcelona. To make room for all this art the Barcelona City Council made the Castellet available.

The Picasso museum is housed in five connected medieval palaces. You will find the permanent collection, on the first and second floors of the first three palaces and it is arranged chronologically.

In the other two palaces, on the first and secon floors you will find the temporary exhibitions, which are normally of other modern artists.

These are some of the best exhibits that can be seen here

  • Caballo Corneado - This poor horse also appears in Guernica which is perhaps his most famous painting.
  • Ciencia y Caridad - His father posed for this one.
  • Menu de els Quatre Gats - This was on the menu of this café and was actually his first commission.
  • Hombre Con Boina - This was painted by Picasso just after he turned 13.
  • Margot & La Luna -This painting is of a call girl waiting for her next customer.
  • El Loco - One of the paintings from his blue period.
  • Las Meninas Series - This painting is based on the painting by Velásquez.
  • Arlequin - This painting came from his happier Neo Classical period.
  • Autoretrato con Peluca - He was only 14 when he painted this.
  • Hombre Sentado - This is Analytic Cubist painting at its best.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday (including public holidays)

10h00 to 20h00

The museum is closed on Mondays unless it is a public holiday.

It is also closed on the following days:

January 1, May 1, June 24, December 25 and 26.

Last entrance 19h30

How to get there


17, 40, 45 on Via Laietana

39, 51 on Passeig Picasso

14, 59 on Pla de Palau

19 Plaça de la Catedral

120 on Princesa


L1 Arc de Trionf

L3 Liceu

L4 Jaume 1


Guided tour: 9€

Temporary shows: 5,80€

Free entrance to see the permanent collection on the first Sunday of every month.

Services provided by the Picasso Museum

Library, please make an appointment in advance.


Lecture room

The Museum has a Café restaurant with outdoor tables in summer. It offers a lunchtime menu.

Special access for the disabled.

Guided tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 12h00 in Catalan.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18h00 in Spanish.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 16h00 in English.

To reserve please call 93 256 30 22 or e-mail

Address: Montcada, 15 – 23

08003 Barcelona

Tel: +34 93 256 3000

Fax: + 34 93 315 0102


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