Picasso Museum in Malaga
The people of Malaga are proud of the fact that Picasso was born here and it was a big day when the King and Queen of Spain inaugurated the Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) on the 27th October 2003. On that first day alone almost 2,000 people visited. the museum, which is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista. You will find it right in the heart of the Historic Centre of the city, with the dramatic backdrop of the Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle close by. Literally two minutes walking distance from Malaga Cathedral, this magnificent old building has been painstakingly restored to befit the importance of the works of the great artist.
If you are looking for the Museum for the first time, remember that just a couple of minutes away, in the Plaza de la Merced, is the Casa Natal (Birthplace of Picasso), which has been open to the public since 1988. There are now exhibition rooms in the Casa Natal, as well as pictures and a view of how life was for the artist in his early years in Malaga. Some people find the Casa Natal first and mistakenly think that this is the Picasso Museum and then go no further. Since the two buildings are only a few minutes distance apart, visiting them both in one day is both feasible and indeed recommended.
In high season, the Picasso Museum has proved so popular that a queue sometimes forms outside in the narrow pedestrian street, with Picasso 'aficionados' patiently waiting their turn to see the works of the great man.
The Picasso museum received 558.033 visitors in 2016 making it the most visited museum in Andalucia.
As well as the 12 halls of permanent exhibition gallery, which includes such classic Picasso works as 'Olga Kokhlova with Mantilla (Barcelona 1917), Mother and Child (1921-1922) and Portrait of Paulo with white hat (1923), there are also many sketches and ceramics on display. In addition there are excellent temporary exhibitions, which are optional when you buy your entrance ticket (see below).
The entrance fee (see below) includes an Audio Guide which is available in nine languages: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
You may also be interested in visiting Picasso's Birthplace.
Roman and Phoenician Ruins in the basement
After you have seen the works of art, there is an unexpected treat when you go to the level beneath ground floor and see the beautifully preserved and sensitively displayed Roman and Phoenician ruins, which were discovered during the restoration of the building.
There is a bookshop, specialising in modern art publications on Picasso and his contemporaries.
For light refreshments during your visit, the café, with a very pretty outer terrace area is open from 10:00 until half an hour from the museum closing time.
There is also an Auditorium where events such as lectures and courses are held. Contemporary theatre groups, musicians, and flamenco Artists often perform there too. Since this is constantly changing, it is best to ask at the Museum during your visit to see what's on.
OPENING HOURS MONDAY TO SUNDAY November-February: 11am-5pm March-June: 11am-6pm July-August: 11am-7pm September-October: 11am-6pm
Cosed Christmas Day and New Years Day and 6th January.
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and 5th Jan: 10:00 to 15:00.
Tickets are on sale up to 30 minutes before closing time. Visitors will be asked to begin leaving the galleries 10 minutes before closing time.
Entrance to the two exhibitions: 8.00 euro (Reduced fee: 6.00)
Combined ticket MPM Collection and the two exhibitions: 12 euros (Reduced fee : 9.00)
Reduced fee for:
Students up to 26 years with valid student ID
Groups of more than 10 and less than 25 people (by appointment) 20% discount.
Youths under 16 years.
Children 12 and under must be acompanied by an adult.
Holders of EURO < 26 Youth Card
Unemployed registered at SEPE
Free admision on Sundays from 17.00hrs
Palacio de Buenavista
c/ San Agustín, 8
29015 Málaga, España
Tel: 952 602 731