Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits in Barcelona, such as:
Antoni Gaudi Walking Tour
On this private tour you will discover several of Gaudi’s spectacular creations and learn about the life and works of this remarkable man. Sights you will see include Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló.
Parc Güell & Casa Museu-Gaudí
Situated in north Barcelona, Parc Güell is a public park and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The ‘Monumental Zone’ within the park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings including a long bench in the form of a sea serpent, a multi-coloured mosaic salamander, columns that simulate palmtree trunks and rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground. At the top of the park, the terraced area provides a wonderful view of the city.
Within Parc Güell, the Casa-Museu Gaudí, built in 1904, was the residence of Antoni Gaudí from 1906 until late 1925. Now open to the public, it gives the visitor a more intimate glimpse of the Catalan architect. The house conserves both the memory of Gaudí and many examples of furniture and other objects that he designed. Crucial to forming an idea of how the great Catalan architect worked, these works also illustrate the craft production system in Catalonia during the Art Nouveau period. Other exhibits include works by artists that were closest to Gaudí, giving us a glimpse of his nearest circle of acquaintances.
The museum is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the museum's permanent collection.
Joan Miró Foundation
The Fundació Joan Miró on Montjuïc is an impressive Mediterranean-style building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, housing the most important public collection of works by Joan Miró. Miró’s artistic career is widely represented by the more than 14,000 exhibits on display. 217 paintings, 179 sculptures, a variety of prints and textiles and over 8,000 drawings provide an in-depth understanding of the creative process of the Catalan genius. In addition to the works by Joan Miró, the Foundation also has a small collection of contemporary art consisting of gifts and loans from leading artists.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) opened in 1995 and is housed in a building designed by the American architect Richard Meier. The museum brings together a major collection of works covering the production of art over the past 50 years. As well as showcasing different selections from its collections throughout the year, the museum also stages an extensive programme of temporary exhibitions and activities related to contemporary art and culture.
The Gaudí Experiència
Located next to Park Güell, the Gaudí Experiència is not only a new 4D space in Barcelona, but also the first exhibition space to offer interactive access to Antoni Gaudí’s life and work. Visitors are taken on an interactive journey through the life and work of this remarkable Catalan architect, from his birth in Reus in 1852 to his death in Barcelona at the age of 74. Large interactive boards in nine languages tell the story of his life, work and projects.
The church of La Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 and in 1883 Gaudi was commissioned to carry on the work, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea and the building continues.
Further Afield: Girona, Figueres & Dali Museum
Take in Catalunya’s second most prominent city, Girona. The Moorish, Roman and Jewish influence in the city’s Old Quarter makes for a fascinating tour. Cobbled streets, churches and impressive fortifications are best explored on foot. The tour continues to Figueres, with admission to the Teatro-Museo Dalí, containing the largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí.