It is clear that if you visit Malaga, you will be captivated by the artistic atmosphere that floods its streets. Being an undisputed cultural hub, art is present in this city in many different ways, such as museums, art galleries, street art, art exhibitions and a long etcetera. At Coeo, we love art in all its expressions. That’s why we want you to discover the top museums in Malaga, Spain, so you can get an idea of what you will enjoy on your next trip to this paradise on the Costa del Sol.
Art galleries & Top museums in Malaga, Spain
There is a Malaga for everyone. If you are into history, love the beach, passionate about culture, fancy partying, a real foodie, etc., there is always a Malaga for you. And the same goes for art enthusiasts, who are in luck in this city, as they will find just what they were looking for, the perfect match for them. There are many more, and for all tastes. But let’s take a look at the top museums of Malaga, Spain. Here we go.
It was difficult to start in any other way than with the museum dedicated to one of our most international artists, Pablo Picasso. Born in Malaga, this universal and renowned icon of painting has his own museum in his city of origin.
Located in the heart of the city, just a few minutes’ walk from our various accommodations, this museum contains a collection of over 200 works donated by Picasso’s family, offering a complete overview of his artistic evolution. You will also find temporary exhibitions of other artists of Cubism, the artistic expression pioneered by Picasso and Georges Braques.
If you have time, it is also a nice plan to visit the Museo Casa Natal de Picasso, the house where the artist was born.
Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum is another of the top museums in Malaga, Spain, that is well worth a visit. Its artistic and cultural value and interest lie in the great collection housed within these four walls.
Set in a 16th-century palace in the historic centre (a stone’s throw from Coeo), this museum hosts the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, which spans the 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes works by Spanish painters such as Sorolla and Zuloaga, and international artists such as Monet and Degas.
If you like contemporary art, you’re in luck. Because this city has a lot to offer you in this respect. One of the top museums in Malaga for enjoying the latest art is the CAC (Contemporary Art Centre).
Dedicated to this most current branch of art, the CAC Malaga presents a rotating selection of exhibitions with works by established and emerging artists. The museum occupies a modern building and is known for its dynamic and diverse programming.
This museum, located in the Palacio de la Aduana, brings together the former Provincial Museums of Fine Arts and Archaeology. It features an extensive collection covering various periods. From prehistoric artefacts to contemporary art, it provides with a comprehensive overview of the region’s history and culture.
As a curiosity, it is worth noting that this building was originally a customs house for the Port of Malaga. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 1962, the highest legal distinction in Spain for a heritage asset. It currently belongs to the Ministry of Culture and has been a museum since 2006.
A branch of the famous Centre Pompidou in Paris, this top museum in Malaga Spain features contemporary and modern art. Housed in the striking glass cube on Muelle Uno (one of the city’s most vibrant areas and a few minutes’ walk from Coeo), it displays works by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon or Salvador Dalí, among others.
The Pompidou Malaga is the first site of the Centre Pompidou Paris to open outside France. Inaugurated in 2015, this centre has contributed to transforming this fantastic city into the artistic and cultural reference that it is today.
Automobile and Fashion Museum Malaga
We switch the subject to focus now on a much more pragmatic art. The Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda is, without a doubt, one of our top museums in Malaga, Spain. For enthusiasts of both automobiles and fashion, this museum is a unique attraction. It displays a collection of vintage cars alongside a remarkable exhibition of fashion pieces, showcasing the evolution of style over the years.
As we just mentioned, it also has an exhibition of haute couture. And another one of contemporary art by established artists that adorn its walls and different corners. All this makes this museum a truly sensory experience, a must-see.
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Coeo Pod Hostel Art Exhibitions
In a more humble manner, yet with the same enthusiasm and love for art, we want you to know that in our Pod hostel in Malaga, we feature permanent exhibitions of works by emerging local artists. Additionally, we frequently host temporary exhibits showcasing the best of urban artists’ creations.
Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that our aparthotels in the centre of Malaga, Peña, Fresca and Parras, are decorated with paintings and sculptures from these artists. Are you going to miss out on this?
In fact, Malaga is art everywhere you look. Its street art is also a clear example of this. And of course, there are many more museums in this impressive city. You’ll need many visits to discover them all!