The 5 best museums in Málaga to visit in 2024

The bustling city of Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, is a destination that not only prides itself on its unrivalled weather and breathtaking beaches but also on being a hive of art and history.

As the birthplace of world-renowned artists and the cradle of a rich cultural heritage, Malaga is home to a wealth of museums in which time stands still, and history, art and innovation intertwine. Here, each museum in Malaga is a fascinating and unique space to explore the most avant-garde exhibitions, pay homage to artists of the past and future, and delve into the art world in a city on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Picasso Museum Málaga

 

Picasso Museum in Málaga

 

Located in the Buenavista Palace, a building representative of Andalusian Renaissance civil architecture, the Picasso Museum in Malaga fulfils the artist’s last wish: that his works should return to his birthplace.

The collection of more than 200 works, donated by Pablo Picasso’s family, takes visitors on a journey through the different styles, techniques and materials of the artist’s life – ranging from classicism to cubism, surrealism and even his ceramic work. Besides the collection, Picasso’s Museum in Malaga offers temporary exhibitions, educational and cultural activities, as well as a specialised library and bookshop to explore the legacy of the most influential artist of the 20th century.

 

Centre Pompidou Málaga

 

Centre Pompidou museum in Málaga

 

One of the most iconic museums in Paris now also has a site in Malaga: the Centre Pompidou. Within its 2,000 m², this temporary centre treasures a collection of 20th and 21st-century art, consisting of more than 80 works by renowned artists such as Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Bacon and Giacometti, among many others.

Located in the flagship Cube building, facing the bay of Malaga, the Centre Pompidou is the Parisian institution’s first venue abroad. Its multidisciplinary approach explores five diverse themes: metamorphosis, the body in pieces, the political body, self-portrait and the faceless man.

 

Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga

 

 

carmen thyssen museum malaga

 

The Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga, nestled in the 16th-century Villalón Palace, offers a walk through Spanish paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, highlighting Romantic landscape and genre scenes.

Baroness Carmen Thyssen’s personal collection of more than 200 works reveals the evolution of painting towards more colourful and spontaneous styles, including works by Old Masters, such as “Santa Marina” by Zurbarán.

 

Contemporary Art Centre Málaga

 

Contemporary Art Centre museum in Málaga

 

Located in the historic Mercado de Mayoristas of 1939, the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Malaga is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of art where the most avant-garde and contemporary pieces abound.

This museum in Malaga within its 6,000 square metres, 2,400 are devoted to exhibitions exploring the art world from the 1950s to the present day, including works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Julian Opie and Damien Hirst. The CAC is not only an exhibition space but also a centre for conferences and cultural events. Moreover, this initiative of Malaga City Council is accessible to visitors free of charge.

 

The Museum of Imagination 

 

 

The Museum of Imagination in Malaga is a 450 m² interactive space that awakens curiosity and creativity. Here, traditional museum regulations are left behind, as this unique museum encourages the use of the senses to observe, listen and touch so that children and adults can enter a world of pure imagination.

It consists of three different areas: the Scientific Hall, filled with inventions and optical illusions that challenge perception; the Hall of Shadows and Light Effects, where visitors can play with their own shadows and coloured lights; and the Hall of Fun and Photography, a world of 3D murals that invite visitors to become part of surreal scenes.

 

Beyond the museum walls

 

Besides the art to be found in museums, the Costa del Sol is a blank canvas in its own right. From its historic buildings to the art that adorns its streets, every inch is steeped in history and creativity. This coastal region is known not only for its architectural and cultural heritage but also for its rich gastronomy, where olive oil, the very heart of Mediterranean cuisine, becomes a true Andalusian work of art.

In the Sierra de Mijas, La Zambra Resort offers an exclusive tasting of this liquid treasure led by an expert sommelier in the wine cellar of Palmito restaurant. Here, the most discerning palates will be able to sample three native varieties of olive oil from the Finca de la Torre de Málaga, each with distinctive characteristics that combine tradition, flavour and culture in every drop.

Alongside the olive oil tastings, La Zambra Resort offers additional cultural experiences such as regional wine tastings, flamenco tablaos and Andalusian cooking workshops in Costa del Sol. Discover La Zambra’s calendar of experiences and connect with the legacy of Andalusia in all its forms of expression.

 

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