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Timings : Monday: 10 AM to 5 PM . Tuesdays to Sundays: 9 PM to 8:30 PM . Thursdays: 9 AM to 9:30 PM .

Time Required : 2-3 Hours

Entry Fee : Collections: EUR 12, Collection and Temporary Exhibition: EUR 14 . Temporary Exhibition: EUR 6.50

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Picasso Museum, Barcelona Overview

Barcelona’s Picasso Museum or Museu Picasso was the idea of Jaume Sabartés, a long-time friend and secretary of the artist which now houses a vast collection of Picasso’s artworks. This museum is representative of the artist’s formative years stretching up to his Blue period and exhibits around 4,251 of his works among their permanent collection. Museu Picasso is, therefore, a definite pick for the tourists who seek some insight into Picasso’s life and his early works.

In 1960, the first museum dedicated to Picasso was opened under the name 'Sabartés Collection'. Museu Picasso opened in 1983 and initially held the artworks from Sabartés' personal collection. The collection at present is housed in five adjoining medieval stone mansions in the La Ribera neighbourhood and numbers up to 4,251 works to be exhibited there permanently. Museu Picasso displays mostly the formative works of the artist. Therefore it might come across as a disappointment for the ones hoping to catch a glimpse of his better-known works. 

In the museum, the 14th-century structures of Palau Aguilar, Palau del Baró de Castellet and Palau Meca house the permanent collection while the other two, 14th century Palau Finestres and 18th century Casa Mauri house the temporary exhibitions. These palaces are an eye-catching sight themselves with their Catalan Gothic architecture and inner courtyards. The street on which this museum is located was declared an art historical heritage back in 1947 and hence should make it to your list!

 

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Timings for Picasso Museum

The timing schedule for the Picasso Museum is as follows -

  • Monday: 10 AM to 5 PM.

  • Tuesdays to Sundays: 9 PM to 8:30 PM.

  • Thursdays: 9 AM to 9:30 PM.

Tickets for the Picasso Museum

1. The general ticket prices are as follows -

  • Collections: EUR 12

  • Collection and Temporary Exhibition: EUR 14

  • Temporary Exhibition: EUR 6.50

2. There is also a reduced ticket price section - 

To be eligible for the reduced ticket prices, the following criteria must be met:

  • People between 18 and 25 years old
  • People 65 years old and over
  • Duly accredited university students
  • Unemployed people or those who possess the reduced pink card
  • Holders of the Libraries Card of Barcelona
The reduced ticket prices are as follows - 

  • Collections: EUR 7

  • Collection and Temporary Exhibition: EUR 7.50

  • Temporary Exhibition: EUR 4

3. Free Entrance Timings -

  • Free entrance every Thursday afternoon from 6 PM to 9:30 PM

  • First Sunday of every month from 9 AM to 7 PM

  • Open door days (February 12th, May 18th and September 24th)


Tickets can be purchased online from http://www.bcn.cat/museupicasso/en/visiting/hours-and-tickets

Collections in the Picasso Museum

The collection in Museu Picasso cover three sections and starts with Picasso's sketches and oils from his years in Málaga and A Coruña and showcases his mastery throughout the years in engravings and ceramics. Room 8 in the museum is dedicated to Picasso's Blue Period with paintings like The Portrait of Jaume Sabartés, Woman with Bonnet, Terrats de Barcelona (Roofs of Barcelona) and El foll (The Madman) while rooms 5 to 7 cater to Picasso's artworks when he was in Paris. 

Rooms 10 and 11 showcase a few cubist paintings while his take on Diego Velázquez' masterpiece Las men inas are displayed in rooms 12 to 14 in a series of 58 paintings, of which 45 are cubist interpretations of the work, 9 relate to the scenes of a dove, 3 landscapes and a portrait of Jacqueline The Les Ménines, Les Demoiselles d' honneur series is the only complete series by the artist to have remained in the same exhibit.

How To Reach Picasso Museum

By Metro: The nearest metro station is Jaume I on line 4 and Arc de Triomf on line 1.

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