In less than 10 years Málaga has become one of Spain’s most visited cities because of its rich Museum offering with the presence of prestige ‘brands’ as Thyssen or Pompidou
In May 18th is celebrated the International Day of Museums and we want to commemorate the date with the 10 Museums you should pay a visit in the capital of the Costa del Sol. We also offer you some of our best tips to enjoy them fully.
Museo Picasso Málaga
Picasso, born in Málaga, where he spent the first years of his life, is no doubt the most famous artist in the history of the city. There is no best reason to justify a museum dedicated to him here. The institution is located in the Palacio de Buenavista a privileged site with a fantastic inner courtyard where numerous concerts and cultural events take place.
It is the museum with a higher number of visits in the city so queues to get in are frequent. We recommend to buy entrance tickets through the museum’s own web page on internet so you can avoid waiting lines.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
The last to arrive, since inauguration in 2015 has become one of the more visited museums in the city. As its namesake in Paris is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and it presents over 60 pieces of art from traditional paintings and sculptures to electronics installations open to interaction.
If you are driving to Málaga thanks to a car hire just below the premises there is a big and comfortable public parking with reasonable rates available 24x7.
Museo Carmen Thyssen
It is also located in a palace of Renaissance origin as the Museo Picasso. It is dedicated to Spanish painting masters of XIX and XX centuries with temporary exhibitions dedicated to different themes.
Ticket price is around 9 € but on Sundays after 5 pm entrance is free.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) – Contemporary Art Centre
It is located in the ‘Soho’ district near the historic centre of the town and Muelle 1. Entrance is free and you will find here paintings, sculptures, photography and video expositions always with an attractive point of interest.
You can enjoy art in the premises of this centre and also outside, in surrounding walls, buildings and other urban landscapes with pieces of renowned street art artists of world fame.
Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda – (The Car and Fashion Museum)
If you like cars this is the museum for you. And it is also your place if you like fashion as it has a great collection of great designer’s clothing, jewellery, handbags and other complements.
The Museum has its own car park but there is also an open air car park close to it, in front of the promenade. If you have reached the place thanks to a car hire we recommend this last option so after the visit you can relax and enjoy the gastronomy offer of some of the ‘Chiringuitos’ in the seaside.
Colección Museo Ruso
If you like paintings full or realism, nature and landscapes you surely enjoy the Colección Museo Ruso (Russian museum collection).It is in the same building as the Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda in the old tobacco factory (Tabacalera). You have to walk around and admire the architecture of the place.
Museo de Málaga
It is the most recent incorporation to the museum circuit of the city. It is a gorgeous building with two main floors: in the first one you can enjoy a collection of paintings, from XIX century and first decades of XX, by local artists including Picasso. The second floor has a fantastic archaeological exhibition that will show you the foundations and origins of Málaga.
Plan ahead your visit because in this museum you have the shortest visiting hours: Sundays, holidays and all days previous to a holiday is open only from 9 am to 3 pm.
Fundación Museo Casa Natal Picasso
If you still need more of Picasso after the visit to his Museum, here is the original house where he was born and spent the first years of his life. Original furniture, paintings and personal belongings of Picasso’s family are shown.
Close to the house you can find the Mercado de la Merced, recently refurbished as a gourmet market. The perfect place to enjoy some nice tapas after your visit.
Museo interactivo de la música
Málaga has also available an interesting cultural offer for the little queens and kings of the house. This Museum is an ideal place for them. There they will be able to interact with all kind of musical instruments and take part in activities especially designed for them.
If you want to take part in any of its activities you will have to book in advance through the Museum webpage
It is also a very attractive place for children. There they will learn playing and expand their knowledge about the maritime environment. It is located in the Palmeral de las Sorpresas in the Muelle 1, the new urban space developed in the old port of the city. Once there you can enjoy other multiple activities like boat sightseeing, inflatable castles, children parks, etc.
This is our selection so far! Now you have to choose about what you are interested in, and if you are driving to a car hire in Málaga and are excited of the art and the culture, also there are options for you ;)