Handpicked by a Malaga Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top 5 Museums in Málaga'.

The best of the paintings, and the best of the history of Málaga. Much food for thought.

Museo Picasso

The Picasso Museum of Malaga is the flagship of Málaga's cultural offering, and is a symbol of it's regeneration and outward-looking modern philosophy, part of a city whose culture and history make it one of Europe's premier destinations. It is a fitting renaissance for the city that gave birth to possibly the world's greatest and most influential artist, Pablo Picasso. He was born in the city on...

CAC Contemporary Art Museum

The superb modernist structure on the banks of the Rio Guadalmina on the edge of the historic old town is now the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo. Opened in 2003, it added, along with the Picasso Museum opened the same year an important capacity to the cultural offering of Malaga. Originally built as a wholesale market in 1927, the old function of the building can be clearly seen in its structure. In...

Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga

This museum houses the private collection of one Carmen Cervera, a 1960's beauty queen who married the Baron Von Thyssen-Bornemisza. Between them, they are some of Spain's most important art collectors and philanthropists. This collection grew from the 1980's and focusses on native Spanish artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The building is a converted renaissance palace, the Palacio de ...

Museo de Malaga

The Museum of Malaga has been around since the 19th century, and was most recently housed in the town hall building. Thanks to an ambitious renovation of the old customs palace, which in itself was a splendid building, it now constitutes a purpose built and very precisely designed museum space to show the archaeological and historical treasures of Málaga's very long history, within a gorgeous 18t...

Museo de Artes y Costumbres

The Museum of Arts and Customs is a fascinating time capsule of a Málaga from before industrialisation. While many of the artisan crafts still exist in little pockets of heritage and the occasional tourist attraction, it is hard to grasp just how individual and characterful the way of life was in times gone by, reliant as it was on the local resources available. It was also harsh and unpredictabl...

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