Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain

One of the highlights of Barcelona for us was the Museu Picasso. Open since 1963, this beautiful museum is housed in a collection of five medieval palaces in the old city of Barcelona.

This extensive collection begins with his early works and continues through the various stages and changes of his life and art. Here you’ll find over 4,000 works by this iconic artist.

His father was an art instructor, and had high hopes for his son to become the artist he never became. By the time Picasso was in his mid-teens, he was demonstrating exceptional skill as an artist, as demonstrated in the painting below.

Science and Charity

As I mentioned in my blog last week, Picasso painted Science and Charity when he was only fifteen years old. His uncle, Dr. Salvador Ruiz, helped to fund his art training at Instituto Da Guarda in Barcelona, and contributed to the inspiration for this painting.

Lucien Clergue was a famous French photographer and long time friend of Picasso. His collection of photos of Picasso was acquired by the museum in 2016. The photos are on display in the first few galleries in the museum. I wish I had taken more photos of these!

Picasso mostly enjoyed painting city life and street scenes.

He often used his parents, sisters, and friends as models when he focused on the human figure.

In 1901, triggered by the suicide of a friend, Picasso moved into a period of contemplation referred to as his “Blue Period”, where his work focused on the human condition.

As he aged, cubism became his primary focus.

As an older adult, he seemed to channel his childhood and focused on fun, whimsical themes.

The museum is located along a quiet side street in old town Barcelona. It’s a beautiful place to visit. The juxtaposition of the medieval palace stone walls, and the contemporary upgrades are quite interesting.

The Picasso Museum is a must see for art lovers visiting Barcelona. Tickets run about 12€ per person. Be sure to book in advance or you may have a long wait to get in.

Have you been to the Picasso Museum? Even if you haven’t, I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. Whoops–I neglected to but admission to the museum….
    Scrolling through your fantastic pictures I truly felt that I was actually there. So, where is the gift shop…the cafe…? Thanks to Terry (and Picasso) for this free tour of art and history. Wonderful!

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  2. We expect to be in Barcelona in a few years (a trip ruined by COVID included a 3-night hotel stay in Barcelona that I accidentally booked as unrefundable – they still have my money and are letting me kick the can down the road, so I HAVE to go there eventually to get my money’s worth) and would very much enjoy a trip to this museum. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I recall having visited the Licasso Museum on my last stint to Barcelona in 2016…I’m not one for museums, but I do appreciate Picasso’s works and had a good time seeing how much he had developed his craft, in all sorts of styles, over his lifetime. Definitely was worth a visit!

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  4. Ah, this would definitely be on our list if we ever make it back to Barcelona, Tricia. Of course the man and his work continue to fascinate, but the museums also seems to be very well laid out. I do like it when exhibits like this morph traditional and modern design elements. Thanks for turning me onto Lucien Clergue, I hadn’t been familiar with him. Great piece!


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