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Make a visit to one of Barcelona's museums

June 23, 2011 - 2:26am
Make a visit to one of Barcelona's museums
As individuals make their way across the ocean on a transatlantic cruise, they are sure to spend much of their trip flipping through brochures, thinking about the best ways to experience as much of their intended travel destination as they possibly can.

For travelers who are en route to Barcelona, Spain, there may be too much to see on one trip. From the city's famous Roman Catholic church, Sagrada Familia, to the 197-foot tall Columbus Monument, visitors will want to make sure all of these landmarks are on their itinerary.

If the days in Spain feel as though they are flying by and there is still so much more to see, then travelers may want to consider visiting one of Barcelona's many museums. In addition to seeing another city attraction, they will have an opportunity to learn about the capital's rich history and culture all in one location.

Barcelona is home to more than 50 museums. For instance, visitors to the city can make a trip to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, where they will find various forms of Catalan artwork. The building that houses these works is known as the National Palau of Montjuic, and overlooks the fountains of the same name.

Inside this palace setting, visitors can take a walk through Catalan history as they view works from the 11th through 18th century. After viewing Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance art across various mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, people will exit the museum with a firm grasp of the history of Catalan expression.

While in Spain, why not visit an institution that is dedicated to the work of one of its favorite sons, the famous painter, sculptor and draughtsman Pablo Picasso. Barcelona is home to the Picasso Museum, which houses more than 3,500 of the artist's works in its permanent collection.

Admirers of Picasso's many art styles, from his Blue Period to Cubism, and art lovers in general, will want to make sure to make a stop at this Barcelona-based museum.

Travelers who want to get acquainted with some of Spain's more recent art can visit the Barcelona contemporary Art Museum. This institution highlights works from the second half of the 20th century.

Although travelers to Barcelona may not have the time to visit each of these attractions, visiting any one of them is sure to be an experience they will not soon forget.