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The Museu Picasso of Barcelona currently occupies five grand houses or palaces dating from the XIII to XIV centuries, that have undergone various refurbishings over the years, with the most important taking place in the XVIII century.

From the first opening of the Museu Picasso in 1963 to the present day, we have grown from using one palace to the five palaces of today.

The expansion of the Museu Picasso, promoted and financed by the Barcelona City Council, has been undertaken in successive stages by the architect Jordi Garcés. The project has followed a global architectural plan strated to design by this architect in 1978.

The current surface occupies 11,500 square metres with 22 rooms in the permanent exhibition.

Timeline of the enlargement process

  • 1970

    The Museu Picasso was enlarged with the annexing of the Palau Baró de Castellet (Montcada, 17).

  • 1981

    Annexing of the Palau Meca (Montcada, 19).

  • 1999

    New enlargement of the Museu Picasso – with the renovation of the Casa Mauri and the Palau Finestres (Montcada 21 & 23) as spaces used for temporary exhibitions.

  • 2003

    Remodelling of the interior spaces in the permanent exhibition.

  • 2007

    Annexing of small building in the square behind the Museu Picasso – Plaça Sabartés.

  • 2011

    Presentation of the new Centre of Knowledge and Research.

The two latest architectural and museum refurbishings, carried out in 1999 and 2003, have meant:

  • Creation of new more ample and sober exhibition areas, with natural daylight.

  • The creation of a continuous walkway between the five palaces, with free open access to the public.

  • Modernising of the museum’s facilities and museographic devices.

Visual report of the refurbishings

  • Annexing of two new Palaces in 1999 – the Casa Mauri and Palau Finestres - to add to the three that already made up the Museu Picasso - Palau Aguilar, Palau del Baró de Castellet and Palau Meca.
  • Design of a long avenue on the ground floor of the five Palaces, parallel to Carrer Montcada and of a Long avenue on the ground floor crossing the street through to the garden behind. This space is open to the public of Barcelona.
  • A corridor was created on the upper floor that, just like the one on the ground floor, forms a longitudinal connection between the various buildings. In this way, it affords visitors easy access to the different exhibition rooms.
  • Creation of a Grand Room, by refurbishing an old, disused balcony area. This new space, bathed in daylight thanks to a huge gallery window, plays home to the complete Las Meninas series.
  • Dialogue:
  • New uses for the Mauri and Finestres areas – for temporary exhibitions.
  • New area and installation for the library at the Museu Picasso: a better setting to house 6,000 reference resources, as well as a quiet working area for visitors.
  • On the ground floor, a new hall for events and a modern café-restaurant.
  • Creation of two new visitor reception areas (one for groups and the other for individuals) as well as a new home for the museum store.
  • Visual unification of the front and back façades of the five buildings.
  • New Centre of Knowledge and Research for new services, such as educational or cultural activities.