The Best Museums in Malaga

This blog post was originally posted on May 27th, 2015 and was updated on July 27th, 2017

Did you know that there are over 20 different museums in Malaga?!

It already was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and with the recent opening of the Pompidou Center and the Russian Museum, it is clear that Malaga is betting on culture and the museums to draw tourism both from Spain and abroad.

That being said, it can sometimes be difficult to choose which Malaga museums you’d like to visit when you have a limited amount of time – there is a lot to enjoy along the Costa del Sol, not the least of which is the beach and the food! So to help you decide where to visit we have put together a list of the best museums in Malaga, so that you can pick and choose according to your interests.

It already was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and with the recent opening of the Pompidou Center and the Russian Museum, it is clear that Malaga is betting on culture and the museums to draw tourism both from Spain and abroad. Out of the 20+ museums that are found around the city, here are our picks for the best museums in Malaga! Photo Credit: Haddhar

1. Carmen Thyssen Museum

The Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga is the sister museum to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid. Found in the heart of historic Malaga, the building itself is beautiful with a white interior patio filled with green plants giving the whole place a cooling effect on a hot summer’s day. The gallery features 19th century works with a special focus on Andalucian paintings. Here you will see works by Joaquín Sorolla, Mariano Fortuny, Julio Romero de Torres, and Pablo Picasso among others. With all this great names from the art world, this is definitely one of our favorite Museums in Malaga!

Address: Calle Compañía, 10
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-8pm, Closed Mondays

2. The Russian Museum

The Russian Museum in Malaga opened in 2015, and is the first international branch of the St. Petersburg based museum. The museum is located in a newly refurbished building that was formerly a tobacco factory, and is now dedicated to a collection Russian art from the 16th to 20th centuries – works featured include Wassily Kandinsky and Ilya Repin, among others. The same space is also home to the Automobile Museum, so with two very different museums under one roof it means that your family can divide based on interests and check out both museums in one go!

Address: Avenida Sor Teresa Prat número 15
Hours: 
September 16th- June 15th,  9:30am-8pm; June 16th-September 15th, 11am-10pm

This is the CAC, one of the most popular and best museums in Malaga.
The CAC Museum (Contemporary Art Center) in Malaga

3. Center of Contemporary Art

The Center for Contemporary Art in Malaga (CAC) is is a free museum and cultural space offering rotating exhibits throughout the year. This is a great museum in Malaga if you only have a short time, as the gallery is quite small and it is close to the SoHo area of the city. Aside from the gallery, throughout the year there are numerous things on including talks, activities, and film festivals. It is a little off the beaten path, but still only steps from the Alameda (the main tree lined street just off Calle Larios). There is always something interesting happening and we especially love wandering around the book shop and going home with some new purchases.

Address: Calle Alemania, 2
Hours: September 8th-June 19th, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-8pm; June 20th-September 7th, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-2pm and 5pm-9pm

4. Pompidou Centre

The multicolored cube at the end of Muelle Uno cannot be missed. Opened in Spring of 2015, this is the first Pompidou Center outside of France. On display you will find works from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as rotating temporary exhibits. Some of the artists featured include Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Alberto Guacometti , and it really is a must see of the Malaga museums for any art lover!

Address: Muelle 1
Hours: September 16th-June 14th, 9:30am-8pm; 
June 15th-September 15th, 11am-10pm

Pompidou Center, one the best museums in Malaga
Pompidou Center in Malaga

5. The Picasso Museum of Málaga (MPM)

Why not save the most famous of them all for last? The Picasso Museum of Malaga, tucked away on a cobblestone side street, features 285 works by Malaga’s own born and bread artist. The works stretch from his first academic studies through his last works in the 1970s, and it’s small enough that you don’t get tired, making it a good choice when you are short on time. Once you are done, there are lots of cafés around to grab a tea or coffee when you’ve finished seeing the art! We love Picasso, so this is definitely one of our favorite museums in Malaga.

Address: Calle San Agustín, 8
Hours: March-June, 10am-7pm; July-August 10am-8pm; September-October, 10am-7pm; November-February, 10am-6pm

Once you’ve visited Malaga’s museums, learn about Malaga’s traditional cuisine! Our Food Tours take place every day of the week!

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