Picasso Museum

The people of Malaga are proud of the fact that Picasso was born in their Mediterranean city © Michelle Chaplow
The people of Malaga are proud of the fact that Picasso was born in their Mediterranean city

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 635,891 visitors in 2017 making it the most visited museum in Andalucia.

Read about the life of Picasso, in particular his connection with Malaga.

Guided tours of Picasso Museum

Guided tours of Picasso museum

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 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.

Souvenirs of Picasso (c) Michelle Chaplow
Souvenirs of Picasso


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

March-June: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs
July-August: 11.00 - 20.00 hrs
September-October: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs
November-February: 10.00 - 18.00 hrs

Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and 6th January.
(24th December, 31st December and 5th Jan: 10:00 to 15:00).

Last entry 20 mins before closing times. Visitors will be asked to leave the galleries 10 minutes before closing time.


Buy entrance tickets Picasso museum

Permanent Collection
Entrance: 8.00 euro

Combined ticket Collection and the two temporary exhibitions: 12 euros (Reduced fee : 9.00)

Reduced fee is for:
Senior citizens
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 17 years and disabled.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Holders of EURO < 26 Youth Card
ICOM Members.
Unemployed registered at SEPE

Free admission (audio guide 1€) on Sundays from tho hours before closing. Day of Andalucia (28th February). International Museum Day (18th May), World Tourism Day (27th September) and Anniversary of Museum's inauguration in 2003 (27th October).


Tel: 952 602 731

Malaga Museums Temporary Exhibitions

Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia (c) Michelle Chaplow
Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucia


Museo Picasso, Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8, 29015 Málaga.


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