Malaga is known for its climate, beaches, and fiestas, but it is also established in the cultural sphere with its top-quality museums and art galleries. We look at the best museums in Malaga.
- Museo Picasso
- Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga
- Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda
- Museo Ruso
- Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga)
- Museo de Málaga
- Museo de Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga
- Museo Unicaja de Artes y Costumbres Populares
- Museo Revello de Toro
- Museo de Vino
Picasso Museum (Museo Picasso de Málaga)
Pablo Picasso is one of the 20th century’s most famous artists, and he was born here in Malaga. The Picasso Museum is in the Buenavista Palace with its traditional central courtyard. There are around 280 works which members of the Picasso family donated. There are additional works on long-term loan to the museum.
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm, every day
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum focuses predominantly on 19th-century Andalusian painting. The main collection is a wonderful insight into life in Andalucía at that time. The museum also has temporary exhibitions which cover the spectrum from contemporary art to Old Masters.
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Automobile and Fashion Museum
The Automobile and Fashion Museum is Malaga is every car lover’s dream. Housed in part of the old Tobacco Factory (a piece of art in itself), the museum has over 90 vehicles, as well as a fashion section. Think Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Delage, Packard, Auburn, and Rolls Royce, to name but a few.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 2.30pm and 4pm to 7pm
Russian Museum – St Petersburg Collection
Also in the old Tobacco Factory is the first European subsidiary of the collection. The Russian Museum’s permanent exhibition changes every year, due to Russian law which does not allow art out of the country longer than that. This is good news for returning visitors as it never becomes stale.
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays closed.
Malaga’s Contemporary Art Centre is an interesting trip into the modern art world at the edge of the city’s Soho district. Free to enter, it has a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, which means it’s always an eye-opening experience.
Opening hours: 9am -2.30pm and 5pm – 9.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Museum of Malaga
The Museum of Malaga opened in 2016 in the Palacio de la Aduana, combining previous museums into one. From artworks to archaeological finds, you can discover the history of this exciting and interesting city, right here.
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday. 9am – 3pm Sunday and Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays.
Museum of Glass and Crystal
The Glass and Crystal Museum is in an eighteenth-century building known as Posada de San Felipe Neri. The collection of over 3,000 objects is mainly glassware, but there is also furniture, paintings, and other decorative objects. They all hail from the personal collection of the historian and restorer Gonzalo Fernández-Prieto.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday (guided tour only)
Museum of Popular Arts and Customs
If you want a peek into the customs of Malaga province, from agriculture to music, then the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs is the place to head. Housed in the Mesón de la Victoria, a 17th century inn located on the banks of the Guadalmedina River, it represents the rural and urban life of Malaga and its province.
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday; 10am – 3pm, Saturdays; Closed Sundays and bank holidays.
Revello de Toro Museum
The Revello de Toro museum has two functions: that of exhibiting the works of Malaga portrait artist and figurative painter Félix Revello de Toro, and secondly the restoration and the promotion of the workshop and home of Pedro de Mena. One of the few 17th century domestic buildings remaining in Málaga, Pedro de Mena was also a creator of religious images.
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays; 10 am – 2pm, Sundays and bank holidays; Closed Mondays.
The 18th century Palace of Biedmas is home to Malaga’s Wine Museum. Spread over two floors, the museum celebrates the wines of the Malaga province. Discover which grapes are methods are used to create the wine, and sample a glass – all in the price!
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday; 1am – 2pm, Saturdays; Closed Sundays and bank holidays.
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