The Best Art Museums in Spain

Art buffs probably know know already that Spain has some of the best art museums in Europe. Goya, Picasso, Velasquez or Gaudi represent some of the most prestigious and influential Spanish artists and many of their works are now hosted by the major art museums in Spain.
Visiting art museums can be a very time-consuming activity but what a better way to learn about the glorious past and the amazing culture of this nation? Not to mention the fact that many of these museums (like the one in Bilbao) are themselves true masterpieces of architecture. So here come, to my opinion, the best art museums in Spain and absolute musts for those with a genuine interest in Spanish culture:

Catalan National Art Museum, Barcelona

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A visit at Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya might as well count as a trip back in time. The museum is only 30 years old but comprises works and artifacts from major artistic movements like Gothic, Romanesque or Baroque. For a clear insight into modern Catalan art, don’t miss the Contemporary Art and photography sections.

Prado Museum, Madrid

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The full official name of this museum in Madrid is the Museo Nacional del Prado. It’s one of the biggest museums in the world and also one of the only buildings that was purposely designed to be a museum (as early as the 18th century). Much of the museum contains Medieval and Renaissance art belonging to the big Italian, Flemish and French masters.

National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid

Another important museum and arts centre in Madrid, Reina Sofia contains the works of modern European artists as well as numerous temporary exhibitions. Here you can admire Picasso’s Guernica, as well as numerous works by Miro, Dali and other surrealist painters. highly recommended for all those interested in Modernism and its main promoters!

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

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The futuristic design of Guggenheim museum in Bilbao dominates the cityscape. This attention grabbing building by Frank Gehry hosts mainly paintings and sculptures from the second part of the 20th century. The building itself, as well as the spider sculpture at the entrance have become real landmarks for the city.

Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville

With Seville as a major spiritual center for Spanish Catholicism, no wonder that the art museum in the city hosts such a remarkable collection of religious art. Here you can walk among precious representations of saints and biblical scenes, created by the most skilled artists of the latest centuries..

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