The 10 best museums in Malaga

In recent years the city of Malaga has managed to position itself as a city full of culture being known as the “City of Museums”. Without a doubt, another attraction for one of the cities that receives more visitors in Spain.

Currently, Malaga has a staggering 40 museums and interpretation centres located in the city. If you come a few days to visit the Costa del Sol we propose you a list with the 10 best museums in Malaga.

There are museums in Malaga for all tastes and for all themes, so the museum variety in the city of Malaga is guaranteed.

Best museums in Málaga

  1. Picasso Museum Malaga

I’m sure you’ve heard of him. It is a space that has great repercussions at a national level, but also at an international level. The Malaga Picasso Museum is one of the 10 best museums in the city. The painter was born here and has a space that is extremely well cared for and dedicated to his memory.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga was inaugurated in October 2003 and is one of the most important museums in the city of Malaga. You will be able to enjoy a total of 11 rooms, in which you will have a tour through eight periods of work.

Picasso is considered the most important artist of the 20th century, participating in artistic movements around the world. Did you know that Pablo Picasso was one of the creators of Cubism?  Without a doubt it is one of the most important cultural spaces to see in Malaga if you like museums.

Where is the Picasso Museum in Malaga?

The Picasso Museum of Málaga is located in the heart of the city, in San Agustín street.

Free visit to the Picasso Museum

The Picasso Museum in Malaga can be visited for free on Sundays from 5pm.

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2. Centre Pompidou Malaga

The first headquarters of the Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture outside France. This space was opened to the public in 2015 and since then it has become one of the most important museums in the city of Malaga.

A space full of life that hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year and a permanent collection that covers the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has an extremely varied agenda, with very different themes to offer its public a great variety. And 90 works directly from the Centre Pompidou France collection.

Thus, the Cube houses the Centre Pompidou Málaga, probably the most lively space in the capital.

Where is the Centre Pompidou Malaga?

It is located in Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux.

Free visit to the Centre Pompidou Malaga

Free access on Sundays from 4pm.

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3. Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga 

Right in the centre of the city is one of the most important museums in Malaga, the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Here you can find an extensive tour of the different genres of Spanish and Andalusian painting during the 19th and 20th centuries. A very large collection with a total of 285 works. In addition to this collection, the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga has a floor dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

This space, so acclaimed by the people of Malaga and tourists, was inaugurated in 2011 and since then it has received thousands of visitors every year.

Where is the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga?

This space, as we have already mentioned, is located in the heart of the historical centre of the city. Specifically in Calle Compañía.

Free visit to the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga

Free access on Sundays from 5pm.

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Museo Carmen Thyssen

4. Russian Museum Málaga 

A museum located in the old tobacco factory in Malaga? It had to be the collection of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg in Malaga. A collection composed of more than a hundred pieces from the 15th to the 20th century.

The Russian Museum of the city is one of the most important museums in Malaga and was inaugurated on 25th March 2015. This space constitutes the only headquarters in Western Europe of the Russian State Museum.

For the enjoyment of Malaga’s citizens and tourists, it houses temporary and annual exhibitions, making it a living stage within the city.

What are you trying to achieve by keeping the works it houses up to date? The Russian Museum of Málaga, one of the most important museums in Málaga, tries to keep the curiosity of the visitors.

Do you want a space adapted to new technologies? You will be able to enjoy the Russian Virtual Museum, which allows you to learn and enjoy yourself in a virtual way.

2.300 square meters dedicated to Russian art.

Where is the Russian Museum in Malaga?

This very important museum in Malaga is located in the old tobacco factory.

Sor Teresa Prat Avenue.

Free visit to the Russian Museum of Málaga

This space can be visited for free on Sundays from 4pm.

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5. Center of Contemporary Art Malaga

A space located in the old Wholesale Market of Malaga, the Contemporary Art Centre is one of the ten most important museums in Malaga thanks to its dissemination of contemporary art of the twentieth century.

Works that emphasize the 50’s until the present day. Almost 400 national and international artistic works. The Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC) was inaugurated in February 2003, being an initiative of the Malaga City Council.

Did you know that the CAC in Malaga was the first art centre and museum in Spain to obtain international certification? Without a doubt a great space that has managed to place the city of Malaga as a reference in culture being the “City of Museums”.

Where is the Centre of Contemporary Art?

It is located in the old Wholesale Market of Malaga, specifically in Alemania Street.

Free visit to the CAC

Luckily for all its visitors this museum in Malaga is free.

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6. Automobile and Fashion Museum

We told you there were museums for every taste on our list. The Automobile and Fashion Museum, too, is located in the old tobacco factory in Malaga.

A space divided into 10 rooms. You will be surprised by the great variety of vehicles for all tastes. You will be able to review the history of the automobile from its beginnings until today.

Do you like fashion? At the Malaga Car and Fashion Museum you can discover more than 300 hats, dresses and bags dating from the 1920s to the 1950s.

This space was inaugurated on 16th September 2010 and, since then, it has become one of the most important museums in Malaga, but it has also managed to place itself in the Top Ten of Museums in Spain.

Where is the Automobile Museum of Malaga?

As we have already said, it is located in the old tobacco factory of Malaga, Sor Teresa Prat Avenue.

Free visit to the Automobile Museum of Málaga

You can access the museum facilities free of charge every Sunday.

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7. Malaga Aeronautical Museum

A unique museum in all of Spain, and yes, it is in the city of Malaga. A space that was inaugurated on November 13, 1997 and has become one of the most important museums in Malaga.

A collection from many of Spain’s airports, including 9 historic aircraft. What will you find in the Malaga Aeronautical Museum? An exhibition of pieces related to the beginning of aviation in the 1920s until the present day.

A space where you can enjoy the first plane that brought tourists to the city, Convair 440.

Perhaps the most curious thing and to get an idea of the care of this place is its location. The Aeronautical Museum of Málaga is located in the old Passenger Terminal which was in use from 1948 to 1968.

Free visit to the Aeronautical Museum

You can access for free any day of the week, it is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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8. Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM)

Do you want to know the history of the city? This is your place. The Museum of the Municipal Patrimony of Malaga is one of the most important in the city. Its origins date back to the 19th century when the city council wanted to make room for the works it had been buying.

A collection that has 4,000 pieces including sculptures, paintings and graphic works. A space that is divided into 3 rooms; each of them divided by centuries. Without a doubt, one of the most cultural spaces in the city.

94 of the MUPAM‘s works are of a permanent nature. The museum also has a library and assembly hall where book presentations are held, among other events. A space that has managed to position itself as one of the best museums in Malaga.

Free visit to MUPAM

Access to this is free.

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9. Museum of Popular Arts and Customs

Do you want to know the customs of Malaga and its province? A space designed for fun. Here you can find old carriages for transporting animals, forging trades, bakery or wine.

19 rooms spread over two floors designed to publicize the popular art of Malaga and its surroundings. This space was inaugurated on October 23rd 1976 in Mesón de la Victoria, an old inn from the 17th century.

The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs is a space that receives hundreds of visitors throughout the year and has become one of the most important museums in Malaga.

Where is the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs?

It is located in an old inn, specifically in Plaza Enrique García-Herrera.

Free visit to the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs

You can visit this museum for free on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm.

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10. Málaga Museum

To conclude, we are talking about the most important museum institution in the province of Malaga. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Provincial Archaeological Museum.

It currently has more than 15,000 archaeological references and a large pictorial collection of 2,000 works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Museum of Malaga is the largest museum in Andalusia and the fifth largest in Spain.

It is a living space as it has permanent exhibitions, but also temporary ones. In addition, on its top floor you can see the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro or the Roman Theatre of Malaga.

Where is the Málaga Museum?

It is located in Plaza Aduana

Source: María Esther Beltrán Martínez

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As you have seen there are museums for all tastes, but not only our list of the 10 best museums in Malaga deserves recognition, from Malaga Museum we recommend that you do not miss, for example, the Museum of Imagination, the Wine Museum or the Archaeological Site of La Araña.