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MACBA: Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

A museum of modern art. This is immediately obvious when you first see the MACBA museum building in Barcelona’s El Raval district. The special building was designed in 1995 by the American architect Richard Meier. The square in front of the museum is a popular meeting place for skaters.

Renovation of an underprivileged area

For a long time, El Raval was considered one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Prostitution, theft, drug use in the street. Much of what daylight cannot tolerate has taken place in this run-down neighbourhood. There are still places to avoid, but one thing is certain: the arrival of the MACBA and its cultural centre has given this “dilapidated shantytown” the boost it deserves.

Modern art in all its facets

The MACBA, abbreviated to the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art, offers its visitors modern art in all its facets. In addition to several permanent exhibitions, it takes its visitors to the richness of modern art from all over the world. Information on contemporary exhibitions is available on the website. In addition to the exhibitions, the building itself is also worth a visit. Meier’s architectural masterpiece is known for its incidence of light. The museum has a small shop on the side of the building.


The raised walls of the building provide an ideal training area for skating enthusiasts. The square in front of the MACBA museum is also gratefully used by skaters to show off their best tricks. The area in front of the museum forms a natural paradise for skaters, around which pedestrians slalom.

How to get to MACBA

Metro: L1 Plaza Universitat, L2 Universitat L3 Catalunya o Liceu
Buses: 7, 22, 24, 47, 52, 54, 55, 59, 62, 63, 67, 120, V13, V15, H12, H16, D50, L94, L95

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays: Closed
Entrance fee: 11 euros, free for children under 14 years old

Plaça dels Àngels 1
District: El Raval