Discover Cubism at the Picasso Museum

Opened in 2003, the Picasso Museum in Malaga is undoubtedly one of the best-known museums in the Andalusian city. In the city where the famous cubist painter was born, you can contemplate a permanent exhibition of over 200 works, presented chronologically, from his early academic studies to his latest creations of the 1970s. There is a selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and other graphic works. Temporary exhibitions and educational and cultural activities are also organised. The collections can be admired in the Palacio de Buenavista, a historic building typical of local architecture, built in the 16th century and listed as a National Monument. Situated in the heart of the historic quarter, just a stone's throw from the cathedral, this museum is an essential part of your trip to Malaga to discover or rediscover the work of one of the most famous artists in history.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga

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A museum designed by the painter

The Picasso Museum in Malaga fulfils the painter's wish to exhibit his works in the city where he was born in 1881. The idea of setting up a museum dates back to 1953, and was the brainchild of Pablo Picasso and Juan Temboury Alvarez, Malaga's provincial delegate for fine arts at the time. The idea remained a mere project for many years, until the Picasso clasico and Picasso primera exhibitions in Malaga in 1992 and 1994. Given the success of these exhibitions, Christine Ruiz-Picasso, widow of the artist's eldest son, decided to take over her father-in-law's project. Together with Bernard Ruiz Picasso (the painter's grandson), they donated 233 works to a foundation designed specifically to create and manage the museum.

Statue of Pablo Picasso in the Plaza de la Merced, Malaga

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The regional government of Andalusia bought the Palacio de Buenavista in 1997. As it was too small for a modern museum, around fifteen houses at the back of the building were bought to form a new wing. Structures were also renovated or built around the Plaza de la Higuera. These new buildings now house the temporary exhibitions, workshops, bookshop, library, offices and auditorium. The original palace is reserved for the permanent collection. The Malaga Museum was inaugurated on 27 October 2003 by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia.

Tower overlooking the Picasso Museum

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During your stay in Malaga, the Picasso Museum is a must-see, whether you're a painting lover or not. Here you can discover or rediscover the creations and life of the Spanish artist. After visiting the museum, you can also visit the painter's birthplace, just 350m from the museum.

Pablo Picasso's birthplace

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⏰ Opening times

The Picasso Museum is open every day, with opening times varying according to the time of year. It is open between March and June from 10am to 7pm, in July - August from 10am to 8pm, in September - October from 10am to 7pm and between November and February from 10am to 6pm. On 24 and 31 December and 5 January, it is only open from 10am to 3pm. The museum is closed on 25 December, 1 January and 6 January. Last admission is 20 minutes before closing time.

👛 Price

Full price: €9.50

Concession: €7.5 (Seniors over 65, European Youth Card holders, students under 26).

Free admission: (under 17s, disabled people). The Museum is also free every Sunday, two hours before closing time, on Andalusia Day (28 February), International Museum Day (18 May), World Tourism Day (27 September) and on the anniversary of the Museum's inauguration (27 October).

To find out all the detailed prices, the temporary exhibitions and book your ticket, go directly to the museum's official website.

🚌 How to get there

The Museum is located in the historic centre of Malaga, very close to the Cathedral, the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre. You can also get there by bus. The nearest bus stops are Paseo del Parque- Ayuntamiento to the south and Plaza de la Merced to the north. Public car parks are also available near Plaza de la Marina and Alcazaba.

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Practical info

  • All ticket prices include an audio guide. When admission is free, audioguides cost €1.

  • A cloakroom is available on site. Rucksacks, umbrellas and hand luggage must be left there.

  • Guided tours are also available in English, Spanish and French.

  • The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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