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6 museums in Spain you won't want to miss

When you plan your trip to Spain, you don’t just want to be a passive spectator; you want to absorb the culture, whether it’s chilling during fiesta, going on a bar crawl to taste wine and tapas or just talking to locals. 


Want to take a look at another sphere of Spanish culture? Here are six museums that will take you to the world of art and history, old and new. 


National Archaeological Museum (Image Arch/Luis Asín/Courtesy National Archaeological Museum)


National Archeological Museum of Madrid 


If you love history and want to take a deeper look at how Spain was centuries ago, this is the first place you should visit in Madrid. 


Here, you’ll see archeological findings that helped historians discover the history of Iberians as well as ancient pieces of art. 


Bored with pottery and statues? Then take a look at the collection of mammoth bones and a copy of a cool prehistoric painting on a cave wall. 


The museum also has an interactive way of looking at Spain’s history, like peering into the past with a VR helmet.


Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 


While you’re still in Madrid, pay a visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, a perfect destination for people who love classic art. 


This museum hosts a huge collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Degas, Rubens, Van Gough, and other painters who shaped art. 


If you’re lucky, you’ll come across a modern art exhibition too.


Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Image Thy/Pablo Casares Astigarraga)


Picasso Museum 


If you’re going to be staying in Barcelona, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, a place built in honor of the most renowned Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. 


Most Picasso fans would make this museum their first destination in Spain, but it’s worth a visit even if you’re not one. 


And you can save €30 by buying tickets to all 6 major Barcelona museums at once, so it’s not going to be a strain on your budget.


This museum doesn’t just showcase his well-known works, but hosts exhibitions that guide you through the Picasso story. 


Whilst here, you’ll also see works from the beginning of his career, which started at 13 years of age. 


Get a tour guide, and you’ll learn who Pablo was as a person, and what made him the genius that he was.


Picasso Museum




Once you’ve seen everything in the Picasso Museum, pay a visit to MACBA, the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum. 


As the name suggests, modern art is where this museum shines,with its collection of around 5,000 pieces.


Museo Molinos Mazonovo 


If you’re bored by ordinary museums, try visiting this one. Mills Museum in Taramudi introduces you to the long-forgotten craft of turning grain into flour. 


Well preserved and maintained, this museum is a medieval complex of watermills. 


The exterior is impressive enough, but to fully appreciate the engineering that went into building it, you have to see it from the inside.


Mazonovo (Image source: Robert.Photography/Flickr)




If you’re holidaying in Tenerife, make sure you visit this delightful doll’s museum. 


Privately-owned, this centre is run by doll craft enthusiasts and is admittedly an odd place to visit after MACBA or the National Archeological Museum. 


Plus, it doesn’t feel like a proper museum, but rather like somebody’s workshop. 


The dolls there are marvelous regardless of whether you like this particular style of art or not. 


This odd museum is going to be a great distraction from your lazy beach days.

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Published: 12 August 2019

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