Museums in Malaga



Málaga has a diverse culture. One way to explore that culture is to visit one of the many museums

There are dozens of museums in Malaga. The most famous among them is probably the Picasso Museum, which houses the largest art collection in the world by this world-famous painter. Another world-famous museum is the Center Pompidou Málaga, which is a branch of the Cente Pompidou in Paris. In addition to all the art museums in malaga, there are a number of different themed museums, such as museums for music, wine, vintage cars, coast, history, etc. It is not possible to visit them all in one day. Most museums have their regular closing day on Mondays.

"Hop-On-Hop-Off" City-Sightseeing 

The best way to get around Málaga to see most of the sights and museums is to use the "Hop-On-Hop-Off Málaga City-Sightseeing". This is a bus that runs a regular route with 14 different stops outside the most popular attractions in the city. In this way, you save a lot of time and effort, so that you have time to get everything you want. Included in the ticket is an audio guide in English and a free entrance ticket to the music museum. 

Opening hours: 10am - 3pm Mon to Sun

Museo Picasso Malaga 

This is without a doubt the most famous and most visited museum in Malaga, and there are often long ticket queues. Once inside, you will experience an extensive collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures by Picasso. Unfortunately, many famous works by Picasso hang in major art museums around the world. However, there are a number of well-known paintings from Picasso's Cubist period. Avoid the ticket queue and buy tickets online in advance.

Centre Pompidou Malaga

At first glance, the Center Pompidou Malaga appears to be only a large glass-colored cube, but this is only a small part of the museum. The museum houses around 70 works from the 'Center de Pompidou' in Paris, which is supplemented by temporary exhibitions. Works by, among others, Kees van Dongen, Li bin, Tony Ousler and Sigalit Landau can be found in the museum. The museum offers its visitors a free audio guide tour, available in English.

Museo Interactivo de la Música

This is a museum you should not miss if you visit the city with children. The rooms are divided into three colors. The whites show instruments in an enlarged version. The blacks show over 400 instruments from different countries, cultures and periods with recorded sound clips. The reds display various instruments that you can rehearse . This way you can finally try a violin, a didgeridoo, an electric drum kit or a cello. 

Museo Automobile

The museum houses the Portuguese car fanatic Joao Magalhae's private collection of more than 80 vintage cars worth around, and is one of the largest collections in the world. You can admire collectibles from Bugatti, Auburn, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari and Mercedes. The different cars are available for rent. The museum also has a collection of 300 vintage hats from the 1920s to the 1950s, from Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, Balmain. 

Museo del Vino

The museum takes you through the wine history of the province of Málaga. On the ground floor you can see over 400 labels from wine bottles and posters from the 1800s and 1900s, while the second floor tells the story of winemaking in the province of Malaga, from the Phoenicians, via the Greeks and Romans, to the Moors. You learn how the vines are grown, about the different grape types, and how the wine ages. The trip ends with two tastings! 

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the world's foremost art collectors, opened her own museum in Malaga in 2011. The paintings are from her personal collection consisting of 230 works, mainly by Spanish artists from the 19th century, with themes from Cordoba, Malaga and Seville. The most famous painters from the collection are Zurbaran, Sorolla, Zuloaga and Romero Torres. Audio guide in English is available.

Opening hours: 10am -5pm Mon to Fri (- 2pm Sat)
Address: Plaza de los Viñeros 1

Museo de Málaga

The 18,000 m museum has 8 rooms. The first 5 are dedicated to 15,000 archaeological finds. Rooms 1 & 2 consist of the former Loringiano Family Museum. Room 3 contains finds from prehistoric times to Phoenicians. And rooms 4 and 5 contain finds from Roman times to Al-Andalus. The last three rooms are dedicated to 2000 works of art by a dozen artists. Room 6 shows early art collections. Room 7 shows 19th century art. Room 8, 20th century art.

Malaga Airport Museum

The museum is in the original airport terminal from 1948 to 1968. You can visit the old control tower and learn about the light signal system. It is full of practical screens for children such as radar simulators, engines, orbiting satellites and Morse code. The museum has a Boing 737 flight simulator open to museum guests. Exhibited aircraft are Convair 440-75 (SAS fleet in 1958), DC-3, DC-9, Wasmer WA-40 Super IV, De Havilland and Dornier. 

Museo de Arte Flamenco

The central, small flamenco museum is a nice place to visit. The museum shows the history and culture of flamenco. Here you will find old posters, photographs, posters, paintings, statues, guitars, sparkling flamenco costumes and dresses with matching shawls. On the ground floor there is a tapas bar. On Friday evenings, there are regular free flamenco dances and musical performances in the basement. Ask for info at the entrance. 

Glass and Crystal Museum

The museum displays over 700 glass crafts. The ground floor displays English pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows. The second floor shows glass from Egyptian, Phoenician, Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Islamic civilizations. From the 15th and 16th centuries, Catalan, Venetian, Dutch and Bohemian lead glass are displayed. From the 18th century La Granja glass. From the 19th century English cameo glass. From the 20s Lalique and Whitefriars.

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