If you are looking for a list of the best museums in Malaga, you’re in the right place! Malaga is one of the favourite destinations to enjoy beaches and sunbathing but, with the time, it has also become important for its cultural and artistic heritage. Besides of the historical buildings and monuments, you are going to find here museums and art galleries full of incredible artworks.
In the last 15 years, the numbers of museums has grown and we can say without any hesitation that Malaga can easily be declared a city of museums.
To help you choosing among all of them, we have prepared a list of the top 10 museums in Malaga that you cannot miss if you come to visit the city. Moreover, we will give you some useful tips that you should know before visiting them.
Let’s just discover some museums together!
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How many museums are there in Malaga? Are museums open on Monday? When are museums free in Malaga?
Let’s just answer together to some of the most common questions regarding Malaga museums before continuing with our list of top 10 museums in Malaga.
As I have already said, the number of the museums in the city has grown and today Malaga counts 37 museums, ranging from archeology to modern art. There’s quite a lot to see!
Our recommendation: if you are an art lover, you would like to visit as many museums as possible but you don’t want to spend too much, we recommend you to plan your visits for Sunday.
The majority of Malaga museums have free entry on Sunday; if you want to know which are the free entry hours, check our blog post and find all the info that you need!
But which museums should you visit? Scroll down and check them out!
Of course the first one in our list of top museums in Malaga is the Museum of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, one of the most famous people born here. Painter, sculptor, ceramist and founder of Cubism, he lead a very adventurous life. The collection of more than 200 art pieces provides a great overview of Picasso’s work and shows his development as an artist from the earliest years.
Moreover, the museum hosts some temporary exhibits that change with the time.
At the end of the tour you can enjoy a cup of coffee at the Museum’s cafeteria. Find yourself surrounded by pigeons – favorite birds of Picasso and his father and one of the most common themes in their works. The museum is located very close to the house where Picasso was born at Plaza de la Merced so you can see it as an addition to the visit to the collection.
The area around Picasso Museum is full of picturesque streets, traditional restaurants, shops and wineries. It is a perfect place to continue your journey after the visit, and to experience the neighborhood of Pablo Picasso. We recommend Cortijo de Pepe – an emblematic restaurant offering traditional Andalusian cuisine
September-October, March-June: open daily 10.00 – 19.00
November-February: open daily 10.00 – 18.00
July-August: open daily 10.00 – 20.00
Collection: 9 € (reduced* 7 €)
Temporary Exhibition: 8 € (reduced* 6 €)
Combined: 12 € (reduced* 9 €)
*reduced fees for holders of European Youth Card and students under 26 with valid identification and visitors over 65.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum exhibits pieces from the private collection of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Mainly, the collection includes Spanish and Andalusian paintings of the 19th century.
This gallery will take you on a tour through different styles of the Spanish painting, paying special attention to the Andalusian painting – Julio Romero de Torres, Joaquín Sorolla and Aureliano de Beruete. These are just some of the artists whose works are exhibited here. The extensive collection perfectly summarises 19th-century Spanish art and has over 2600 works.
You will find artworks representing the Easter week, the Feria, and the main Andalusian cities; if you want to discover better the soul of Andalusia we recommend you this museum.
The Thyseen Museum hosts also temporary exhibitions.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00
Another must see museum on our list is Centre Pompidou Malaga, the first branch of the famous modern art gallery in Paris based outside of France. The gallery is located close to the Port in a building called El Cubo (the cube).
The colorful structure on the roof of the Centre is one of the most characteristic spots in Malaga. Inside you will find a semi-permanent exhibition Modern Utopias (available until the end of 2020) and a temporary exhibition changing every few months.
Opening hours: 9.30 – 20.00, closed on Tuesdays
Permanent exhibition: 7/4 €*
Temporary exhibition: 4/2.50 €*
*reduced ticket available for students under 26, seniors over 65, large families
Address: Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n, 29016 Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga
The Museum of Malaga is located in the beautiful Palacio de Aduana. It is an archeological and historical museum and houses over 17 000 exhibits. The permanent exhibition brings together art and archeology since the Museum has joined Provincial Museum of Fine Arts and Provincial Archeological Museum.
In the museum of Malaga you will retrace the history of Malaga and see the remains of the various civilizations that have followed one another here (Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Muslims). Additionally, the last floor is a collection of paintings of the XIX and XX century.
The Museum of Malaga is the biggest museum in Andalusia and the fifth biggest museum in Spain.
Opening hours in Winter (16 September to 15 June):
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 to 20:00.
Sundays and holidays: 9:00 to 15:00
Opening hours in Summer (16 June to 15 September):
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 to 21:00 hrs
Sunday: 9:00 to 15:00 hrs
Tickets: 1.50 € / free for EU citizens
Address: Plaza de la Aduana, S/N.
This museum showcases the lives and works of both Revello de Toro, a famous portrait painter from Malaga, and Pedro de Mena, maker of religious images. The collection is located in 17th century house of the former.
The exhibition consists of more than a 100 paintings, sketches and drawings of Revello de Toro, a portraitist famous above all for his paintings depicting sensual female subjects.
One of the most interesting parts of the Museum is the Memorial Room in which you can watch a 10 minutes long video displaying the highlights of life of the previous owner of the house. Don’t miss the ending, it will surprise you!
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00.
Normal: 2,50 €
Groups (more than 5 people): 2 €
Minors below 18 and seniors over 65: free
The museum is the first European branch of the State Russian Museum. It houses 100 pieces dating from the 15th to 20th centuries specially selected for Malaga to cover every period of Russian art.
Museo Ruso houses a different exposition every year.
Get ready to be transported across Russia through the paintings of some exponents of Russian and Soviet art!
The building in which is located the Russian Museum was an old tobacco factory of the 20s and its architecture and decoration are very impressive.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9.30 -20.00
Annual exhibition: 6/3.50 €*
Temporary exhibition: 4/2.50 €*
Combined ticket: 8/4€*
*Reduced tickets for seniors over 65 and students below 26.
For free entrance check the website.
Address:Edificio de Tabacalera, Av de Sor Teresa Prat, 15.
I think we can all agree that red wine is an essencial part of Spanish culture and cuisine. The geology and warm climate of Andalusia along with a long tradition and advanced maturing systems produces wines of exceptional quality.
In the Malaga Wine Museum you can learn about different kinds of wine, grapes, wine production and manufacturing techniques. Don’t miss the free wine tasting at the end of your visit!
Monday to Friday: 10.00-17.00
Ticket 5 € with discounts for students, children, seniors and groups.
The Malaga Automobile and Fashion Museum is definitely one of the most interesting museums in Malaga. It is home of more than 90 exclusive car exhibits that illustrate the aesthetic evolution of the automobiles throughout the 20th century.
You can find exposed here some of the most famous cars in the world: Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin.
All of that accompanied by stunning luxury fashion collection with of the greatest brands such as Chanel, Dior, Prada and Balmain.
Located in an old tobacco factory in Huelin (the same of the Russian Museum), it is definitely a treat for all automobile and fashion lovers!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10.00-19.00
Normal: 9.50 €
Seniors: 7 €
Reduced: 5 €
Address: Edificio de La Tabacalera, en Avenida Sor Teresa Prat 15.
The Center of Contemporary Art Malaga (CAC) is a gallery focused on 20th and 21st century visual art – paintings, sculptures, photography and videography. In its vast interior you can find permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing works of both national and local artists.
The CAC is located in the Soho neighborhood; to explore more, check our blog post dedicated to it.
Winter hours (Tues – Sun): 10.00 – 20.00 hrs
Summer hours (Tues – Sun): 10.00 – 14.00 hrs and 17.00 – 21.00 hrs
Tickets: free entry
Address: Calle Alemanía, s/n
The last but not least in our list of top museums in Malaga, is the Museum of Municipal Heritage’s collection focused on the local painting, sculpture, culture and history. 400 piece collection will take you through the evolution of the city and local art from 15th to 20th century.
It also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00
Tickets: free entry
Address: Paseo Reding, 1
I hope you’re going to enjoy visiting some Museums of Malaga! Tell us which one is your favourite or share your experience with us in the comment section.