The Best 10 Museums in Malaga

Museums in Malaga have become one of the main attractions of the city, even more so when its claim is City of Museums, being a cultural reference not only in Andalusia, but in all of Spain and is on the way to opening a niche in the European panorama. .

Currently, Malaga capital has 40 museums, some of them outstanding at an international level such as the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou Malaga Center or the Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum.

The cultural offer of the museums of Malaga is wide and adapted to the interests of all types of public, also having this number of Museums, it does not matter if you come to Malaga on several occasions, since you will always be able to discover a new museum.

At a local and publicly funded level, we like to highlight the Malaga Museum, where you can enjoy a wide collection of archeology and art from the province of Malaga.

Another advantage is that most of the museums in Malaga are located in the historic center of the city, so you can easily get there on foot and even visit several of them on the same day.

On Sunday afternoons many of Malaga’s museums have free admission. There is no excuse to enjoy Malaga City of Museums.

Málaga City of Museums

Málaga City of Museums

List and information about the museums of Malaga.

Below is the description and opening hours of all the museums of Malaga capital. You can access all the details about each one by clicking on the link.

There are 40 museums in Malaga, most of them less than 1km from city center.

Top 5 essential and best museums in Malaga.

Picasso Museum Malaga.

It is the most visited museum in Andalusia and therefore the most visited and popular site in the entire city. A reference for art lovers. It consists of 11 rooms, housing 233 works, which take a tour through 80 years of work by the painter from Malaga, from 1892 to 1972.

It is located in the Palacio de Buenavista, former headquarters of the museum of fine arts, it is a magnificent example of Andalusian architecture of the 16th century, a Renaissance building with Mudejar elements and others of modern architecture.

Opening hours of the Museo Picasso Málaga.

  • September-October: daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November-February: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March to June: daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • July-August: daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission to the Picasso Museum is on Sundays during the last two opening hours.

Museum Pompidou Malaga.

The Center Pompidou Málaga or Museum Pompidou Málaga was the first provisional Center Pompidou opened outside of France. This concept serves as a pilot project for the Parisian art center and the idea is to offer the public a tour of reference works from the Center Pompidou collection, and accompany it with a program of exhibitions and multidisciplinary experiences, as well as exhibitions and workshops.

The Museo Pompidou Málaga offers a journey through the art of the 20th and 21st centuries with selected works from the incomparable collection of the Center Pompidou, one of the two most important in the modern and contemporary world.

Pompidou Center Malaga opening hours.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (including holidays)
  • Closed every Tuesday, January 1 and December 25. Consult by calling 951 926 200 the opening of Tuesday holidays and long weekends.
  • On December 24 and 31, the center will remain open until 3:00 p.m. (last time for public admission at 2:30 p.m.).

Public admission is allowed up to 30 minutes before the museum closes.



Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga.

Open since 2011, the Carmen Thyssen Málaga museum houses the best example of Andalusian painting of the 19th century, being a reference in Spain for its artistic wealth. The permanent collection of the Thyssen Museum is made up of 230 works, which are being supplemented with other temporary exhibitions.

It is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century palace located in the heart of the city, a few meters from the Plaza de la Constitución. As a curiosity, and as it happens in other old buildings in Malaga, Roman remains have been found in the subsoil.

Opening hours of the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Closed Monday (except Monday holidays).
  • Closing: December 25. January 1.

Collection of the Russian Museum Malaga.

Located in the Tabacalera building (considered one of the best examples of the regionalist style that was built in the 1920s), the Collection of the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg/Málaga in a venue equipped to become a reference center for Russian culture in Europe.

This space hosts a series of long-running exhibitions, renewed each year, and a program of temporary exhibitions that trace the complex and fascinating history of Russian art and its changing relationship with European culture.

Opening hours of the Russian Museum Malaga

  • Normal opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Closing days: The Russian Museum / Malaga Collection will be closed to the public every Monday (except for extraordinary openings) and on December 25 and January 1.
  • Extraordinary openings: The center offers reduced opening hours on December 24 and 31, in which visitors can enjoy the collections from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; being the last hour of public admission at 2:30 p.m.

Visitor access is allowed up to 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Picasso Foundation. Birthplace.

The building in which Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 and in which he lived until 1884 houses works and personal belongings of the artist and his family. A specialized library and a continuous program of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities complement the offer of the Casa Natal de Picasso.

Opening hours of the house of Picasso Foundation.

  • From 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day, including holidays.
  • December 24 and 31: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Closed: January 1 and December 25.

Public admission will end 15 minutes before the museum closes.

Top 5 Free Museums in Malaga.

The Roman Theatre is not exactly a museum but it´s also with free entrance.

Museum of Malaga

The Museum of Malaga, which is based in the Palacio de la Aduana, is a space with history since it was built in the 18th century. Its uniqueness is narrated through the exhibition assemblies and the peculiarity of some of its collections that are made up of: the Museum of Fine Arts of Malaga (approximately 2,000 works) and the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Malaga (with more than 15,000 pieces) .

It is the fifth largest museum in Spain and the largest in Andalusia.

Malaga Museum opening hours

  • From June 23 to September 30:
    • Tuesday to Saturday and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.
    • Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.
    • Closed Monday (except the eve of a holiday, with holiday hours)
    • Open all holidays, including local ones.
  • From October 1 to December 31:
    • Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 21:00.
    • Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.
    • Closed Monday (except the eve of a holiday, with holiday hours)
    • Open all holidays, including local ones.
    • Closed January 1 and 6, May 1 and December 24, 25 and 31.

The Malaga museum has free admission to all members of the European Union.

Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Malaga.

Inaugurated in 2003, the CAC Málaga, Malaga Contemporary Art Center, is located in the old Malaga Wholesale Market (in use until 1983). From its beginnings it had a marked international vocation, intending to become one of the reference centers on the European circuit of contemporary art.

CAC Malaga is free entrance.

Opening hours of CAC Malaga.

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Open all holidays, except December 25 and January 1.

CAC Malaga

Museum Jorge Rando.

The Jorge Rando Museum is a space, unique at the national level, dedicated to the study, research and dissemination of the work of this expressionist artist, in the broad sense of the term, from the final decades of the 19th century to the present.

It is the first and only expressionist museum in Spain and its visit is free every day during its regular hours.

The tour is a pictorial walk with a permanent exhibition where some of the themes chosen by Jorge Rando are addressed: Africa, Prostitution, Passion, Pintarradas, Landscapes, Maternities… they take turns accompanying the temporary exhibitions of national and international artists linked to this artistic current.

Opening hours of the Jorge Rando Museum.

  • From Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The Museum is closed on Sundays, December 25, January 1 and January 6, December 24, December 31 and January 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • SUMMER TIMETABLE (01.06 – 30.09)
    • From Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Municipal Heritage Museum.

The MUPAM permanently exhibits a selection (94 of more than 4,000 pieces including sculptures, paintings and graphic works) from the Municipal Heritage funds of a historical-artistic nature. We highlight the work of such representative figures in the city as Picasso or Carlos Haes.

The MUPAM always has free admission.

Opening hours of the Municipal Heritage Museum:

  • From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Closed every Monday and on December 25, January 1 and 6
  • On December 24 and 31, and January 5, the museum will be closed in the afternoon.

Access to the rooms will be allowed until half an hour before closing.

Felix Revello de Toro Museum.

The museum exhibits 117 works of the 132 that are part of its collection, rotating the rest of the works for reasons of space. Félix Revello de Toro is a well-known painter as a portraitist and for his interpretation of the female figure with great seductive elegance.

It has free admission every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The 5 essential museums in Malaga with free admission.

In addition to all the previous museums, we highlight that all the museums listed in the list of “5 essential museums in Malaga” have free admission every Sunday in the last two hours of opening until closing:

  • The Picasso Museum has free admission every Sunday in the last two opening hours.
  • Centro Pompidou Malaga has free admission every Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.
  • Museo Thyssen Malaga has free admission every Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.
  • Casa Natal Picasso has free admission on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.
  • Museo Ruso Málaga is free every Sunday from 4pm until closing time.

Full list of Museums in Malaga.

  • Museo Picasso Málaga.
  • Museo de Málaga.
  • Fundación Picasso. Museo Casa Natal.
  • Centro Pompidou Málaga.
  • Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.
  • Colección del Museo Ruso.
  • Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga.
  • Museo Alborania. Aula del Mar.
  • Museum Jorge Rando.
  • Museo Nacional de Aeropuertos y transporte aéreo.
  • Municipal Heritage Museum (Museo del Patrimonio Municipal.)
  • Archicofradía de la Esperanza.
  • Museo del Vino.
  • Museo Catedralicio.
  • Peña Juan Breva. Museo de Arte Flamenco.
  • Tour Málaga Club de Fútbol.
  • Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga.
  • Museo Félix Revello de Toro.
  • Ars Málaga. Palacio Episcopal.
  • Museo Taurino de Málaga.
  • Museo y Basílica de Santa María de la Victoria.
  • Casa Gerald Brenan.
  • Principia. Centro de Ciencia.
  • Museo Automovilístico y de la moda de Málaga.
  • Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares.
  • Yacimientos Arqueológicos de la Araña.
  • MIMA. Museo Interactivo de la Música de Málaga.
  • Centro de Interpretación Teatro Romano.
  • Ecomuseo Lagar de Torrijos.
  • Centro de arte de la Tauromaquia.
  • Museo de la Semana Santa. Museo de las Cofradías.
  • Museo de la Cofradía del Santo Sepulcro.
  • Tesoro de la Cofradía de la Expiración.
  • Museo de la Cofradía de Estudiantes.
  • Museo del Cautivo y la Trinidad.
  • Sala de Exposiciones arqueológicas de la Alcazaba.

For more information about Museums in Malaga please check the official website: Malaga Turismo

Alejo Tomás