Majestic building dates back to the Catalan Gothic era when it was employed as a hub for the Catalan navy. Unique artefacts such as nautical equipment, documents, ships and art provide an insightful glimpse into naval development and commerce. Among the items featured is a map once owned by Amerigo Vespucci. This is a wonderful family-friendsly Museum as there are many educational activities for children. It's a fun way to get a feel for the city's naval history, while learning about its culture in a very authentic building right by the water. If you step outside you'll be in the port and if you go upstairs you'll have beautiful city views from their terrace.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: A really fun museum especially if you're into ships and sea life
Sam's expert tip: Be sure to check out the agenda for special exhibits
Home to Dali's Museum and a nice day trip outside the city, Figueres is worth the short trek. Combine it with a visit to the beautifully historic (and very delicious) city of Girona, as they're only 20 minutes away by train. This is a nice mix of art, culture, history and architecture and it's great to do with a guide if you can. This is a perfect Family-Friendly Museum, as the day doesn't have to be centered around just the Museum. Figueres is a cool little town and the Dali Museum is more of an experience and a chance to learn about the artist's life than solely a Museum visit. It's nice to combine with a trip to Girona as well.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: A beautiful day trip outside of the city which includes an iconic Museum
Sam's expert tip: Be sure to check opening hours online as they can be erratic, depending on the time of year
Established by Joan Miro as a forum for contemporary art. Much of Miro's work is displayed here in a wide variety of mediums, while periodic exhibits feature other artists. There's also a sculpture garden, library, gift shop, restaurant, and an auditorium for classical music performances. This is a relaxing and peaceful setting for families looking to introduce young ones to a bit of culture, while at the same time not being bombarded with it. The coffee shop is a nice place to read, work or just chat and isn't that touristy. There's also a nice courtyard to sit down in and a tasty restaurant with a great terrace. For those who want to experience the museum it's there and for those who would rather enjoy the sun, they have that option as well.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: This is a great cultural experience for the entire family
Sam's expert tip: Their exhibits change quite frequently so even if you're not interested in what's on at the time, keep checking for updates.
Named a national museum in 1990, this is the world's greatest collection of Romanesque mural paintings and home also to an impressive array of 14th and 15th century Gothic art. The allure of the MACBA is that it's always showcasing something different. It changes all the time and caters to a wide variety of art lovers. Their installations are unique and they'll often have young, vibrant and innovative exhibitions, perfect for families and younger people who are interested in art and the contemporary scene. The Museum is also situated in one of Barcelona's most rustic and eclectic neighborhoods, the Raval. You won't be bored or disappointed if you venture into this part of town.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: This is an eye opening and intriguing museum with something for everyone
Sam's expert tip: If you have a press card you get in free and a student card gives you a discount
Former home of sculptor Frederic Mares that he donated to the city for the purpose of opening an art museum. Fabulous collection of medieval sculpture, Gothic and Romanesque art, and many 19th century artifacts. There is also a unique exhibit of children's toys. The Science Museum is up there with the Chocolate Museum in terms of how fun and entertaining it is for children. There are several rooms with various games and toys and parents can even leave the children for a while, explore the more 'boring' stuff on their own and then come back to pick them up once they're done. The kids usually don't want to leave.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: An excellent place for families as it caters to both children and adults
Sam's expert tip: Children under six get in for free
Opened to the public in 1975, The Joan Miro Foundation was created to promote the works of contemporary artists and today is one of Barcelona's most popular and most sought out museums. Renowned artist, Joan Miro, had his first large exhibit in Barcelona in 1968 which was welcomed for its fresh and dynamic appeal. Today the Foundation's collection carries over 14,000 pieces and in addition there is a small collection of contemporary art, which was created as a tribute to Miro himself. The Miro Museum is a family-friendly place to visit, because even those who aren't interested in the Museum itself, they can still enjoy the views and the change of scenery from the city center.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: The location provides for great city views, so even if you're not into the Museum itself the location will ease the 'pain'
Sam's expert tip: Go for lunch at their Bar - Restaurant which has a large patio overlooking a garden with excellent Mediterranean cuisine.
A definite 'must-see', even if you're not into art. The Picasso Museum, showcases a small yet wide selection of the artist's works; you'll be taken through the different and very diverse stages of his life and career. The Museum often has special exhibits open for a few weeks at a time, so be sure to check the schedule. A great way to really delve into the Museum is by taking a Picasso tour, either through the Museum itself or with a private company. Hi. This Is Barcelona has an Intimate Picasso tour, where you'll explore both Picasso's life inside and outside of the Museum, with an art expert.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: This is a great museum for art lovers and novices alike as it's in a cool building and not too intense.
Sam's expert tip: Reserve tickets online in advance and avoid all lines by walking right in
Barcelona's Chocolate Museum is one of the, if not THE funnest Museums in the city. If you're into chocolate or just want to entertain the kids for a while, this is an exciting, interactive Museum where you get to explore the world of Chocolate, learn about it and then eat it. Depending on the type of tour you sign up for will dictate how you spend your day, or your few hours. There are chocolate design tours, tasting tours and regular tours for those who are genuinely interested in learning about Chocolate. The Museum is located in the Born neighborhood, so close to plenty of great shopping, local bars and tasty restaurants.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: Barcelona's funnest Museum where you get to tour and eat, great for kids
Sam's expert tip: They have specialized activities for different age groups so check the listings online for specific programs
Barcelona's Wax Museum is one of the best ways to learn about the history, culture, food and prominent figures in Catalunya and Barcelona. This is a fun and peculiar museum, ideal for children and families as well as those who don't enjoy the 'typical' Museum. There's a mix of culture, literature and even food in the Museum and the characters are not limited to Spanish icons, you'll find a host of international sculptures as well. The Museum is located right off La Rambla, in a Neo-Classical style building and is an excellent way to spend a few hours, especially on a rainy day.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: This is a fun and interesting Museum in the heart of the city center
Sam's expert tip: Right beside the Museum is an exciting Forest Restaurant (Bosc de les Fades) which is worth a visit especially if you have kids
Barcelona's newly opened Museum of Ideas and Innovation is amazing. This new centre for inspirational designs and inventions, is a creative and fun place for children and family of all ages. The Museum is divided into five collections including a corner for useless but entertaining inventions. There is also a Limitless Society collection you'll find new ideas from individuals as well as companies and if you're looking for fun and practical check out the Reflectionarium. There's also a lower level with other exhibits so don't forget to check that out. The best part is that this museum has a kids zone, with cushions where kids can submit their own designs of their own inventions. The best idea of the month is patented.
Recommended for Family-Friendly Museums because: One of the city's most exciting and innovative Museums, especially for children
Sam's expert tip: You can access the lower level of the Museum via a side tunnel