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Málaga, the city of museums



Málaga, the city of museums

Museums and exhibition spaces of Málaga receive hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The 21st century has been Málaga's century of culture. The city has become one of the most important cultural capitals in Europe. Málaga is the great finale for visitors where they can find all the experiences gathered in a single destination. Let's get to know this impressive cultural offer and what the city's main museums have to offer.


The Picasso Museum is undoubtedly a must-see in Málaga, one of the nerve centres of the social and cultural impulse of the capital of the Costa del Sol. The city of Pablo Picasso deserved to bring together the work of the universal painter in an emblematic space such as this and at the same time transmit the influence of the city on the genius. All this is exceptionally reflected in the Buenavista Palace, the museum's headquarters.

More than 230 works make up the artist's permanent collection. In addition, 36 temporary exhibitions have been held since its inauguration in 2003. Since then, more than 3.5 million people of different ages and nationalities have visited the museum.


With more than 5,000 square metres of exhibition space, the Museo Carmen Thyssen is one of the city's most attractive cultural attractions.

Inaugurated in 2011, it houses one of the most significant and relevant collections of Spanish and Andalusian painting from the early 19th century to the beginning of modernity in the 20th century.

The museum has more than 250 works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, including some selected pieces by old masters, among them a Saint Marina by Zurbarán. These pieces are housed in the former chapel of the Palace.


The Centre Pompidou Málaga offers the possibility to make one of the most interesting tours of the artistic panorama through works from the 20th and 21st centuries.
The complete museum experience offers multidisciplinary programmes dedicated to dance, performance, word and film, with a strong focus on young audiences.

Situated between Muelle Uno and the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, in a privileged location opposite the Port of Málaga, the museum has acquired a crucial role in the cultural life of the city. Not forgetting its iconic multicoloured cube, already a symbol of this new Málaga that captures the world's attention.


The magnificent Tabacalera building, a jewel of Málaga Regionalism, is today a centre of culture and innovation of the first order. Among other spaces, these facilities house the Collection of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg. The Málaga branch is already one of the reference spaces for Russian culture in Europe.

This museum exhibits long-term exhibitions, renewed annually, as well as temporary exhibitions that highlight the best aspects of the history of Russian art. In addition, visitors can discover fantastic temporary exhibitions of the great Russian avant-garde artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall and Malevich.


Located in the impressive Palacio de la Aduana, the Museum of Málaga is the fifth largest museum in Spain. It houses the collections of the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Museum of Málaga has more than 15,000 archaeological pieces, including unique pieces from the Lorinigiana collection, the Neanderthal bone remains from Zafarraya, the lithic collections from Nerja, the grave goods from the Dolmens, the Phoenician tombs from Chorreras or Calle Refino, the Roman mosaic of the Birth of Venus from Cártama or the ceramic and mediaeval woodwork from the Alcazaba. You can also visit its extensive art collection of 2,000 works of art from the 15th century to contemporary art.


There is a wide range of museums in Málaga to suit all tastes. From consecrated cultural content to new avant-garde proposals that set the pace for the future of art; from religious and brotherhood museums to spaces linked to the life and activities of the city. Not forgetting unique museums in Spain that have chosen Málaga as the perfect city to develop their content.

On our website you can find the full range of museums and exhibition spaces in Málaga.