As quoted, MACBA’s aim and main objective is to:

disseminate contemporary art, offering a diverse range of visions, and generating critical debates on art and culture. But also aspiring to reach diverse audiences

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona is an essential place to visit for those who hope to immerse themselves in the art culture in Barcelona.

Permanent Collection

The MACBA’s permanent collection is home to over 5,000 pieces of modern art produced by Spanish and Catalan artists throughout the twentieth century. However, much of the permanent collection as well as many of the museum’s temporary exhibitions feature the work of international and contemporary artists.

The museum itself is, quite appropriately, an excellent example of the very art it showcases. Often referred to as “the pearl” because of its bright white color. It contrasts with the older architectural style of the nearby Gothic Quarter, the building is a prime example of modernist architecture.

Though the museum was originally planed to be opened during the 1992 summer Olympic games in Barcelona, MACBA didn’t officially open its doors to the public until 1995. Since then it has become a must see attraction for tourists and a source of pride for Barcelona’s artistic community.

You can also visit nearby attractions such as El Mercat de la Boqueria, Plaça Catalunya or the Gran Teatre del Liceu. You can also enjoy the little shops and the many different restaurants around the Raval neighborhood. 


Metro: L1, L2 (Universitat) or L3 (Liceu)

Bus lines: 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 37, 41, 42, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 121, 141, H12

Car: Parking


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11AM – 8PM

Saturday: 10AM – 8PM

Sundays and Holiday Days: 10AM – 3PM

Tuesday: CLOSED


Get your online tickets here and avoid wasting time in ques!

General Entrance: 11€

Saturdays from 4PM to 8PM: FREE (thanks to the Uniqlo Collaboration)


Categories: attractions Raval