Art in Malaga: Which Museums to Visit

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Are you an art lover? Then Malaga is the right place for you! Take this opportunity to discover all sorts of interesting museums. Malaga has a great and extensive art scene; museums, art galleries, theatres and cinemas a=can be found everywhere around the city. If you’re interested in art exhibitions, interesting pieces of art and local Spanish artists, these recommendations are perfect for you. Art in Malaga is a big thing, and you’ll get to know more about it once you see it up close. Read below to find out which museums to visit during your stay.

1. Pablo Picasso Museum

DI you know that the famous artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga? Now that you know that, you understand why you should definitely visit this museum. You will have the chance to view a lot of his artwork throughout the city centre, but there is also a museum dedicated to all his alluring work. It opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace and has 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family. Walk around and admire the works of the famous artist which vary from paintings to sculptures and individual sketches. The Picasso Museum in Malaga is a must-see, and we promise you will not regret your visit.

Opening Hours

From Mondays to Sundays: March-June: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July-August: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.September-October: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.November-February: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket Rates

The ticket prices vary from 6 to 12 euros for the whole collection.

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Pablo Picasso Museum

2. Carmen Thyssen Museum

The Carmen Thyssen Museum (Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga) is one of the most famous art museums in the city of Málaga. The main focus of the museum is 19th-century Spanish paintings, mostly Andalusian, based on the collection of Carmen Cervera, fifth wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. Since 1992 the Thyssen family’s art collection has been on display in Madrid. However, Carmen Thyssen has been an art collector on her own, and her personal collection is shown separately here. At the Carmen Thyssen museum, you will find the most precious artworks from Andalusia. Don’t lose the chance to admire a lot of paintings that depict main parts of Spanish culture, such as bullfights, fiestas and architecture.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Monday (except Monday holidays)

Ticket Rates

General: €10, reduced: €6, group: €8. General admission between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. costs €6

3. Automobile and Fashion Museum

There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Automobile and Fashion Museum. There you can find exclusive vehicles along with more than 200 Haute Couture pieces. All of the rooms have their own theme and they’re dedicated to different chronological periods. Even if you’re not a particular fan of cars Malaga Car Museum counts as one of the best museums in Malaga. Car enthusiasts have plenty of vehicles to admire. Among the nearly 100 cars you’ll find some gems like a silver Aston Martin sports car or a vintage 1908 picnic car. As mentioned before, the cars are accompanied by over 200 items of perfect vintage fashion. All on display in an early 20th-century tobacco factory whose open floor spaces make the perfect stage for some of the best cars in the world.

Opening Hours:

 Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00 hours

Ticket Rates:

General: €9.50, seniors: €7, reduced: €5

4. Museum of Glass and Crystal

The glass and crystal museum is another part of art in Malaga that is definitely worth visiting. It is located in the historic centre of Malaga. It first opened in 2009, has around 700 pieces of glass, dating from Phoenician times to the 20the century. The museum is housed in an 18th-century casa Palacio, with spacious patios and gardens, and it is furnished like a private home, with antique sofas, rugs, mirrors and paintings, and cabinets for the glass. You will notice, the items in the museum itself are displayed in a way that makes it look like a private home. All visits have guided tours. You’ll have the chance to admire the old sofas and the windows with stained glass. Notice how, when you are walking through the museum, it will feel like you are surrounded by a rainbow.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Mondays and during August.

Ticket Rates:

general: 6€, reduced: 4€, group (10+): 3€

5. The Contemporary Art Center (CAC Malaga)

The CAC Málaga, also known as the contemporary art centre, is located in the old Málaga Wholesale Market. The museum is “intended for reflection on and dissemination of contemporary art”. Lots of events take place there: from exhibitions and publications to conferences, educational programs, workshops and seminars. These are just some of the many activities that make CAC Málaga a living, dynamic and innovative centre. CAC is open to all kinds of artistic and cultural events both local and international.

The permanent collection is quite big and constantly evolving. You can take a tour through artistic movements and trends of the 20th century, especially the most recent decades, from the ’50s to today. Today in CAC you can find works of artists like Louise Bourgeois, Art & Language, Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.

Opening Hours:

Summer: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 a.m. – 02:00 p.m, 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Winter: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ticket Rates:

Free entrance for everyone.

6. The Museum of Popular Arts

Also known as Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, this is a very interesting museum we recommend you visit. If you want to learn more about the culture of Malaga, you should definitely pay it a visit. There you make a journey through the history of 19th-century Málaga, its province and folk customs. In this former 17th-century coaching inn you will find carriages drawn by animals, observe forge crafts, baking, fishing or printing. You’ll learn about wine and oil making and discover the rural world, folklore and popular religion.  There are several areas in the museum and in each one of them, you will learn more about the history and traditions of Malaga.

The building has two main floors and 19 rooms. As you will notice, the collection aims at presenting the daily life of Málaga, its customs, popular arts and local crafts. The ground floor focuses mainly on rural areas, while the top storey shows the activities conducted in the central urban area.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Ticket Rates:

Adults: 4€, Reduced: 2€, Groups (Minimum 10 people): 2€, Children under 14 years: free

7. Centre Pompidou: The Art Centre of Malaga

The Centre Pompidou of Malaga is quite noticeable when you walk in the port of Malaga. Even the building on the outside is quite different from everything you’ve seen before. The centre offers the opportunity to live a unique experience through its wealthy collection, its excellent schedules, the mutual interference of artistic disciplines and its innovative mediation programs. Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso and an international tourist destination place. This way, it combines culture and fun activities while museums are in the centre of the new stage of its development.

The exhibition and the the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou Malaga is divided into five topics: las metamorfosis, el cuerpo en pedazos, el cuerpo político, autorretratos, el hombre sin rostro (the metamorphosis, the body in pieces, the political body, self-portraits and the man without a face). Along with these permanent collections, you can find two or three temporary exhibitions, either thematic or monographic each year. These exhibitions explore the different kinds of artistic expression through photography, design, architecture, and video. As exciting as the building looks, don’t hesitate to take a look inside and you won’t regret it.

Opening Hours:

During the week and weekends 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (including holidays).

Ticket Rates:

From 4€ to 9€

8. Street Art in Malaga

If you’re not up to visit an actual museum or gallery, don’t worry! You can admire several artworks in the city for free. We recommend you walk around and explore the neighbourhood of SoHo. Look around and you will find all sorts of street art in every turn you take. Several graffiti artists worked on these creations and managed to give the city a unique character. So don’t wait, walk around and explore the art in Malaga.

Do you want to know about art in Malaga? Check out these links below.

Pablo Picasso Museum

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

Automobile and Fashion Museum

Museum of Glass and Crystal

CAC Malaga

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

Centre Pompidou of Malaga

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