Malaga, a city that time ago witnessed the origins of Mediterranean culture, is today a prime mover of the Andalusian tourism industry, keeping alive the traditions of a welcoming and creative land. The beauty of the entire province cannot be disputed but of course we must not forget the capital. The city of Malaga has everything: an impressive entertainment offer, enviable cuisine and people who are the best creation of this land.
Besides this, in just a few years Malaga has become a genuine City of Museums. They number 36, most of which can be found in the historic center, making it one of the cities with the highest density of museums in its old quarter. Here go the details of some of the essential museums, those which you should not leave out if you’re pressed for time and can only visit a handful:
Picasso Museum: The Picasso Museum in Malaga is the result of the Malaga born painter’s wish to have an exhibition venue in his home city. The collection consists of 233 works portraying 80 years of work by the painter, spanning from 1892 to 1972. The 11 halls show how Picasso broke severed ties with convention and embarked on new creative routes.
Centre Pompidou Malaga: The Centre Pompidou Malaga is the first branch outside France of the art center in Paris. The permanent collection is articulated around five topics: metamorphosis, the body in pieces, the body politic, self-portraits and man without a face. All of these are extended and point in two directions. It is an emblematic building and a unique cultural model.
Contemporary Art Center of Malaga (CAC Malaga): The CAC Malaga is located in the former Wholesale Market of Malaga. The museum focuses on the dissemination of and reflection on contemporary art. Exhibitions, publications, conferences, educational programs, workshops and seminars are some of the multiple activities that make CAC Malaga a lively center, a dynamic, innovative place open to the multiple artistic and cultural proposals of the international avant garde.
Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum: The Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum is currently the most complete show of 19th century Andalusian painting in Spain. The venue is the Palace of Villalón, a 16th century building right in the city center. The permanent collection comprises 230 works offering a brilliant tour of Spanish 19th century art.
Besides these four museums, the most significant ones in our opinion, you should also visit others that are very interesting, for instance the ARS Malaga in the Episcopal Palace, the Picasso Foundation (Museo Casa Natal, at the house where the painter was born), the Jorge Rando Museum, the Flamenco Art Museum … and many more that you can visit between tapas if you find the time.
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