Picasso Museum in Malaga

09 Jul
Last update: 9 January, 2023

In the Picasso Museum in Malaga, you can fully appreciate this Malaga-born artist’s enormous legacy. Discover all the necessary info.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga allows its visitors to value the decisive importance of the Malaga painter in the contemporary art world. Picasso, the creator, the irreverent, he who always reinvent himself, deserves this marvellous Museum in Malaga city centre. This is one of the most visited in Andalucia, as hundreds of thousands of people visit its exhibitions each year. 

For you to prepare your visit, we provide all the info regarding the Picasso Museum, which answers to the painter’s desire to exhibit his masterpieces in its birth city. 

Where is and how to get to the Picasso Museum?

The Museum is located in the Palacio de Buenavista, at 8, San Agustín street, in Malaga city centre. If you go on foot, you can stroll in the lovely Old Town, passing near the Roman Theatre, the Alcazaba and the Cathedral. Via bus, the best stops are in the Plaza de la Merced (bus line 1) in the north and the Paseo del Parque del Ayuntamiento (bus line 3) in the south.

Outdoor perspective of Picasso Museum in San Agustín street
Photo courtesy of Visit Costa del Sol

You can get to Malaga via several ways of transports: by car, as you take the A-7 from the most important Andalusian cities; by train, by stopping at the Malaga – María Zambrano train station, or by plane, when you will reach the city centre from Pablo Picasso airport. Malaga also features a bus station, thanks to which it’s connected with the rest of Andalucia and the towns of the province. 

Opening hours and prices of Picasso Museum

The opening hours vary depending on the season. 

  • In July and August, you can visit the Museum from 10 am to 8 pm, whereas in September and October, it closes at 7 pm. 
  • In winter, from November to February, the Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm, and from March to June, from 10 am to 7 pm. 
  • On December 24th and 31st, and January 5th, the Museum is open from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • It’s closed on December 25th, January 1st and 6th.  
The ticket offices closes half an hour before the closing of the Museum.

Prices vary depending on the visits.

  • General entrance is €9’50
  • The reduced one is €7’50, and it comprises Picasso’s permanent collection. The reduced ticket is for older than 65 y.o., holders of the European Youth Card, and students less than 26 years old.
  • Free entrance for people with reduced mobility, children less than 16 years old, students of Malaga University and accredited professors.
  • Groups who book before receive a 20% discount.
Each Sunday during the last two hours, on February 28th (Día de Andalucía), on May 18th (International Museum Day), on September 27th (World Tourism Day) and on 27 October, which is the Anniversary of the Museum Opening.

It’s possible to buy tickets at the ticket office of the Museum, or online, and show them printed or the barcode in the mobile phone upon getting to the Museum. 

History of the Picasso Museum

In 1953, Juan Temboury (Malaga’s Provincial Delegate for Arts) asked Picasso for some of his masterpieces. This delighted the artist who answered he would send “two trucks of masterpieces”. Unfortunately, this offer got rejected by the authorities. In 1992 and 1994, two exhibits were organised and, on this occasion, Christine Ruiz-Picasso (the artist’s daughter-in-law), resumed the idea. The project got started in 1996 and, on October 27th, 2003 the Picasso Museum was finally inaugurated in Malaga.

Patio of the Palacio Buenavista - Picasso Museum in Malaga
Photo courtesy of Visit Costa del Sol

The palace is located in the Palacio de Buenavista, a two-storey 1530 building with a splendid porticoed patio that occupied its centre. Its imposing image, its location and the width determine that the Palacio de Buenavista would become an emblematic building in Malaga. It was remodelled twice, in 1950 and 1984. Afterwards, because of the construction of the Picasso Museum, two attached houses were bought to provide the Museum with an auditorium and an exhibition room. Offices and a library were also added. In 2017, the collection was widened, and LED lights were added to decorate all the rooms. 

Characteristics of the Picasso Museum

On the ground and first floors, there are the 12 halls that constitute the exhibit halls, whereas, in the basement, you can visit the archaeological remains that were found during the remodelling.

The collection includes all the styles and materials explored by the painter, from the pink period and the cubism, to the Neoclassicism and the Surrealism, until his last works in the 70s. You can contemplate paintings, ceramics, and sculptures between the almost 300 works offered in the Museum. After 2017, 166 new masterpieces were added to the collection. 

Archaeological remains

Archaeological remains in the Picasso Museum in Malaga
Photo courtesy of Visit Costa del Sol

During the remodelling, remains of the civilisations that occupied Malaga during the centuries were found, which represent an important proof of the origins of the city. Among the most important, rests of the Roman times, Malaka’s Phoenician buildings and part of the walls, and rooms of the old Renaissance palace stand out. Because of this, a structure was built for the tourists to visit the archaeological site and appreciate the rests of the different cultures. 

Permanent and temporary exhibitions

The Museum’s permanent exhibition occupies the 12 halls that have been adapted to improve the journey through the artist’s masterpieces. Displayed in chronological order, the works reveal the extension of his work, as well as the constant exploration and the cyclic character of Picasso’s artistic investigation. 

The exceptional works go through the painter’s most important stylistic milestones, from 1920 to 1970.

Renowned artists are invited to show their work for the temporary exhibitions. In 2019, Bruce Nauman and Olga Picasso’s works will be displayed. 

Guided visits

Guided visits are available individually, for groups and with children. They can be provided for permanent or temporary exhibitions, to discover the architecture of the Palacio de Buenavista or the archaeological remains. There also are art workshops for the little ones, of artistic techniques for adults, and visits of the palace’s terraces that are usually close to the public, where you can enjoy a never-before-seen panorama of Malaga.  

The Ruta Picassiana

Plaque on Picasso's Casa Natal - Ruta Picassiana
Plaque at Picasso’s birth house. Photo courtesy of Visit Costa del Sol

The Picasso’s route is a journey that includes several areas of Malaga that are related to the life of the artist. Among them, there are the Casa Natal (where Picasso was born), the parish church of Santiago Apóstol, where the painter was baptised with the name of Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, the Museo Municipal where he learned how to paint, the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta where he painted his first picture, and the Picasso Museum.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga is a well-deserved recognition of the painter’s famous and influential work, which changes the course of contemporary art. 

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