Apart from the fantastic architecture by world famous Antonin Gaudi which dots around Barcelona, bearing UNESCO World Heritage Status, there's plenty for the art lover on a visit to the Catalan Capital. Various monuments and museums charter the course of history within art, and planning your time on a visit is of paramount importance to make the most of your time.
Obviously not to miss is the Picasso Museum. This is the only museum dedicated to the Malagan-born artist that was opened during his lifetime, and is housed in the Borne neighbourhood of the old town, in a fantastic building which used to be a palace. The museum itself has been extended, and is currently undergoing more extension works, to offer even more space. The museum is filled with sketches, paintings, ceramic work and is one of the most visited attractions the city has to offer. A great tip for travellers is that the museum offers free entrance on the first Sunday of the month, too.
Across town and located up on Montjüic mountain is the Fundacio Joan Miro. Again, the building itself which houses the works of the Catalan Modern painter is a light airy space offering spectacular gallery space for Miro's own peculiar style. The collection boasts over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and over 5000 drawings and is a must for those looking to focus on minimalist styles and Miro's clever use of primary colours.
Sitting in the north part of the Raval neighbourhood within the old town is the MACBA, or the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. Like much modern art, some of the exhibits can be a little puzzling, but nevertheless, it's a popular spot for art students and curious folk and on Thursday evenings between July and September, the MACBA stays open until midnight, and entrance after 8pm is only 3 Euros. Viewing the pieces at night offers a different perspective and guided tours will reveal much more information that you'd be able to figure out on your own!
If history of art is more on your menu, then head to the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC) located at the magnificent National Palace at Plaça Espanya. This huge edifice stands in front of the magic fountains of Montjüic and bears the slogan "One museum, a thousand years of art". This is a huge collection of art ranging from as far back as the 12th century and is impossible to view in one day. The highlight of the museum is the space dedicated to the many wooden freezes taken from the dilapidated churches - often piece by piece - from all around Catalonia.
Finally, if you have time for a day trip outside Barcelona, then Figueras should be fist on any art lover's list. Salvador Dali transformed the old theatre into his museum - dubbed the largest surrealist object in the world. Dali spent over ten years making the museum and shaping its fantastic rooms and sculpture in the place where he was born. He is also buried in the crypt in the middle of the museum. The collection has an enormous amount of artwork, and should be viewed as a whole. There are also two nearby museums of the artists work, but this main building in Figueras is the most visited.