The Best Museums in Málaga, Spain

Postcards on sale at the Picasso Museum
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Mark Nayler

Málaga has established itself within the cultural sphere, from food to music and art. In the heart of the Costa del Sol, Málaga offers exceptional weather, spectacular beaches, outstanding castles, and one-of-a-kind exhibition spaces. We profile the best museums to visit in the area.

1. Picasso Museum

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Malaga, Picasso Museum. Visitor in a gallery at the Museo Picasso, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain
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The Museo Picasso Málaga is one of the region’s essentials. One of the world’s most famous artists, Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in this historical city. The museum displays Picasso’s revolutionary multimedia innovations. The museum is the third Picasso museum in Europe, after locations in Barcelona and Paris.

2. Carmen Thyssen Museum


Leaving the Masqued Ball, 1905, Jose Garcia Ramos, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga, Andalusia,Spain.
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Museo Carmen Thyssen is a part of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of 19th century paintings. The museum itself has 230 paintings in its collection, with 133 paintings belonging to the Andalusia Collection. Most of the art on display is from the Romantic era; other paintings have Andalusian themes depicting Flamenco dancers, toreros, the Andalusian countryside, and traditional Spanish patios.

3. Automobile Museum of Málaga


1912 Hupmobile. Automobile museum of Malaga, Andalusia, Spain.
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The Automobile Museum of Málaga is a must for car lovers everywhere. Here, cars are displayed as works of art, design, and craftsmanship; Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, and Jaguar are some of the top manufacturers which are presented in this museum. The car collection is worth more than 25 million Euros, and it is considered to be one of the most important vintage car collections in the world.

5. Contemporary Art Center of Málaga (CAC)


Exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto, in the contemporary art centre of Malaga, CAC museum in Malaga, Andalusia,
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The Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, or the Contemporary Art Center of Málaga (CAC), aims to promote and publicize visual art from the 20th and the 21st century. The 2,400 meter exhibition room displays 400 pieces of art, which have been lent for periods of three to five years by the owners. Entrance is free and visitors can also interact with the artists who come regularly to the museum.

6. Popular Arts Museum


Malaga Costa del Sol Malaga Province Spain Unicaja Museum of Popular Arts Recreation of 19th early 20th century bedroom
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The Popular Arts Museum is an ethnographic museum that demonstrates the culture and traditions of Málaga from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Different exhibits display old tools used in wine-making, baking, iron-making or fishing. The museum also displays two paintings by the Malagueña Anita Delgado, a Spanish Flamenco dancer who achieved her fame after marrying the Indian maharajah of Kapurthala.

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