Picasso Museum in Barcelona is one of the most popular museums in the city with more than 1 million visitors a year. Picasso lived in Barcelona for some time and in the museum there are pieces from his formative years mainly, 1890 to 1904 going through his famous blue period.
The museum is located in five medieval palaces from13th to 15th century in Montcada street in the Born area part of Barcelona's old city, exposing around 3500 works that make up the permanent collection. The Picasso museum occupies five large palaces in Carrer Montcada occupying a total area of 10,628 sqm. The buildings that house Picasso's collection have its own history, I recommend you to pay attention to the palaces too.
Picasso is very famous around the world and so is the museum being the 40s more visited in the world, expect to queue for long periods of time, get up early or buy skip the line tickets.
It is known that Picasso had a special relationship with Barcelona, from his adolescence and youth years to his death. Thanks to Picasso wishes and his friend Jaume Sabartés, now the city holds in the museum his early work and the only museum created during Picasso's life.
The museum opened on 1963 with the donation of Sabartés personal collection with 574 works from the artist, the museum was called Sabartés Collection as Picasso was known for his opposition to Franco's regime.
Picasso himself donated in 1970, 920 works from his early work to the museum, the museum didn't stop growing as donations kept coming from individuals and art galleries as well as through acquisitions.
Picasso museum permanent collection
The permanent collection is organized into three sections and contains more than 3500 works: painting and drawing, engraving, and ceramics. Those cover the early years of Picasso's life, one of the most important ones is the blue period from 1901 to 1904.
The collection is organized into areas:
Early years (Málaga, Corunna and Barcelona from 1890-1897)
Training period ( Barcelona, Horta de Sant Joan, Madrid 1897-1901)
Blue period (1901-1904)
Barcelona works (from 1917)
Las Meninas series (1957)
The museum has now their permanent collection available online through their website.
Picasso Museum temporary Exhibitions
The museum has hosted dozens of exhibiitons since it opened, related to the figure of the painter or topics related to his environment that show the research and review his work and studies. Other exhibitions have focused on the relationship of Picasso with other painters or artists of the time among other topics.
There have been also special seminars and lectures of subjects related to the painter and the view of experts from around the world of his art.
Opening Times Picasso museum
First Sunday of each month FREE entrance
Every Sunday FREE from 3pm to 7pm
Monday: closed (including public holiday Mondays)
Tuesday to Sunday (including holidays): 9am to 7pm
Thursday open late until 9.30pm
Note that ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing time of the museum