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CaixaForum, Barcelona

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A contemporary museum and cultural arts center, CaixaForum presents an array of exhibits on ancient, modern, and contemporary art inside a formerly abandoned electrical station encased in oxidized cast iron. The permanent exhibit here explains the history and refurbishment of the museum, while the rotating exhibits--usually consisting of avant-garde and contemporary art--display painting, photography, video installations, and interactive works. Head up to the roof of the building for views of the neighboring Museum of Catalan Art. Arrange to visit CaixaForum and other attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona itinerary maker.
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  • This museum is quite average at best. We saw all the exhibitions, and the most interesting was the exhibition about Film and Cinema. Other than this, there are very few exhibitions at the museum. The ...  more »
  • In addition to visiting major museums and art galleries, art lovers should check temporary exhibitions on view at Caixa Forum. When were there, it was hosting several, but the stand-out was Philippe H...  more »
  • located next near the Plaza Espana, this is a former textile factory, housing now exhibitions and other cultural activities. While the building itself is interesting and worth the visit, until March 2...  more »
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  • Polivalent centre to visit temporary exhibitions, concerts, crafts, etc, and if you're La caixa customer, you can enter for free in general expo!! Next to Montjuïc mount, it has good communication with transports and staff are professional and very kind. Specific expos, guided ones, or musical concerts have a cost of 12 euro approximately, 50% off for bank customers too.
  • One of those wonderfully curated places that have good quality art to show off but also takes the time to help you understand it with descriptions. The cinema exhibition was wonderfu, and really affordable for only 4 euro plus audioguide for 2euro. Next time we will arrive with more time before closing, two hours was not enough, though we stopped for coffee.
  • One of my favorite places in Barcelona. For €4.00 I visited 3 excellent exhibits. I particularly enjoyed that works of art were accompanied by an explanation, commentary, or additional materials - and that was the case in all of them. Extra points for their delicious Café at a very reasonable prices. This can be a great option in this area when most restaurants are closed (in my case around 6pm after visiting Montjuic, and waiting for the fountain light show).
  • *CAT* Personal molt atent i amable. Sempre amb un somriure i unes activitats inèdites i atractives. *ES* Personal muy atento y amable. Siempre con una sonrisa y unas actividades inéditas y atractivas. *ENG* Attentive and friendly staff. Always with a smile and very original and atractive activities for every age. *FR* Personnel très attentif et gentil. Toujours avec un sourire et des activitées empreint d'originalité et attirant. *DE* Personal sehr fürsorglich und freundlich. Ständig mit einem Lächeln und Aktivitäten originell und attractiv.
  • A unique space and they have really good exhibitions.

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