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MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Located in the centre of Barcelona's historic old town, the MACBA-Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, has more than 20,000 m2 of floor space showcasing contemporary creativity. Its programme explores the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music, events and includes pioneering educational activities.

The Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA) is a museum in the Raval district that houses an extensive collection of contemporary art by local, Spanish and international artists.

The museum opened in 1995 and its contemporary-style building was designed by the American architect Richard Meier, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1984. The white structure combines straight lines and curves with a glass frontage and a vast outdoor plaza, which is obstacle-free and functional.

On one of the main walls above the museum entrance, you can see Rinzen (Sudden Awakening), the work Antoni Tàpies presented at the Venice Biennale in 1993. It is a plea against war and won the Golden Lion for painting at the biennale. Inside the museum, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. The MACBA's permanent collection features works by artists including Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida.

The MACBA also organises cultural and educational activities, such as guided tours, workshops for children and young people, talks and panel discussions. It also has a specialised library with a large collection of books, magazines and other reference materials for researchers, students and art lovers.

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General details

Address: Plaça dels Àngels, 1 (08001). Barcelona
Phone: 934 813 368
Opening time: Monday to Friday, from 11am to 7.30pm. | Saturday, from 10am to 8pm. | Sunday and public holidays, from 10am to 3pm. | Closed: Tuesday, 1st January and 25th December.

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Accessibility details

The MACBA has no architectural barriers. Wheelchair-accessible building.
The museum works on barrier-free accessibility in all areas and provides inclusive education programmes for visitors with special needs.
Staff trained in assisting visitors with disabilities.
Wheelchair hire available, as well as sticks and portable seats. Ask at reception.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the museum.
Guide and assistance dogs are allowed throughout the building.

Accessibility enquiries and reservation of adapted visits: Tel 934 121 413 or educació

For further information visit the museum website
Visual impairment
The museum regularly schedules adapted visits for blind and visually impaired visitors, including tactile elements and audiodescription.
Some of the pieces exhibited in the museum have a tactile reproduction.
There is a version of the brochure of the museum in large print and Braille.
Loan of magnifying lenses for visitors who request it at reception.

Guide dog Tactile elements Braille Audiodescription Optical aids and large-print
Hearing impairment
The museum regularly schedules adapted visits with an interpreter in sign language.
Magnetic loop available to people who request it.
Induction loop Sign language
Motor impairment
The MACBA has no architectural barriers and is suitably adapted for wheelchair users. The museum has three floors which are connected by gently sloping ramps and spacious lifts.

Entrance and reception:
There is a ramp leading up to the main entrance. It is almost 40 m long, 4.5 m wide and is set at a 2.5% gradient.
The main door is made of glass and opens outwards. It has a clear opening width of 120 cm. The reception desk is 81 cm high.

Mobility inside the building:
Disabled visitors can get around the museum without any difficulties.
The areas inside and galleries are wide enough to get around and manoeuvre with a wheelchair. The flooring is level.
The display cases are between 73 and 105 cm high.
There are seats and rest areas throughout the building.

There are adapted toilets on all floors.
The cubicle door opens inwards and is 82 cm wide. There is a fold-down grab bar on the left of the toilet and a fixed bar on the right.
There is space under the washbasin to provide wheelchair users with frontal access.
Cognitive impairment
The museum offers adapted visits for people with learning difficulties.

Last update: 15/06/2023

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