The main building of the MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), ​​which covers an area of ​​14,300 m2, is the work of the North-American Richard Meier. Its construction began in 1991 and was completed in 1995.

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The white color, the glass skylights, the reflective materials, and the curved and straight lines have shaped a luminous space of harmony and singular beauty. This museum located in the Raval quarter, is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art and, as a public entity, to generate critical debates about art and culture.

The MACBA is declared a museum of national interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya.


The MACBA Collection

The MACBA collection was officially created in 1997. It begins with the material abstraction of the fifties of the twentieth century, and contains works of European pop and the avant-garde of the 60s and 70s. It also has works of photographic figuration and the anti-minimalist sculpture of the 80s, and more current works by young artists. As for the origin, the works are from local, national and international artists. In the case of international artists, it focuses mainly on South America and the Eastern countries, although recently it has also incorporated works by artists from North Africa, the Middle East and the Arab world in general.

MACBA opening hours 2024

  • Monday to Friday: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Non-holiday Tuesdays: closed
  • Saturdays: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed on the days: January 1 and December 25

Holidays with special hours

  • January 6: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • March 29: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • April 1: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • May 1 and 20: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • June 24: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • August 15: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • September 11 and 24: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • October 12: from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
  • November 1: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • December 6 and 26: from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Visit the MACBA for free

The MACBA in the Articket and in the Barcelona Card

With the Articket pass you can visit the 6 most important museums in Barcelona (Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, MNAC, MACBA, Antoni Tàpies Foundation and CCCB). If you are interested in art, you are interested in the Articket, because by buying this pass you will save 45% on the price of tickets. In addition, you will have 12 months to visit the six museums.


The Barcelona Card offers free entry to more than 25 museums in Barcelona, including those mentioned in the Articket. However, the Barcelona Card is much more, as you will get discounts at numerous tourist attractions such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, L'Aquàrium or the Montjuïc Cable Car, and it will also allow you to use public transport in Barcelona for free and unlimited (the airport metro included).


Where is it?

Ciutat Vella - El Raval
Zip code
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
+ 34 93 412 08 10

How to get there

Metro: L1, L2 Universitat L1, L3 Catalunya
Bus: 7, 24, 41, 50, 54, 55, 59, 62, 63, 66, 67, 91, H12, H16, V13, V15, 120, N16 and Tourist Bus (red and blue routes, Plaça Catalunya bus stop)
FGC:  Catalunya

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