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Catalan museums received 21.5 million visitors in 2013

Barcelona's Sagrada Familía Basilica and Museum and Figueres' Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum topped Catalonia's visitor rankings with 3.18 million and 1.58 million respectively.  In total, 21,593,992 people visited Catalonia's museums and collections during last year. FC Barcelona's Museum came in third place with 1.51 million people, followed by the science museum CosmoCaixa (1.25 million) and the temporary exhibitions' centre CaixaForum Barcelona (979,000 people). The last two are owned and managed by the Catalan savings bank La Caixa. The Art-Nouveau buildings designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí La Pedrera and Casa Batlló are also among the highlights, with 973,000 and 796,000 visitors respectively. Barcelona's Picasso Museum (915,000) and the Joan Miró Foundation (911,000) are also among the most popular art centres.

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16 May 2014 02:20 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- Barcelona's Sagrada Familía Basilica and Museum and Figueres' Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum topped Catalonia's visitor rankings with 3.177 million and 1.581 million respectively. In total, 21,593,992 people visited Catalonia's museums and collections during last year, according to figures released on Thursday by the Catalan Ministry of Culture. FC Barcelona's Museum came in third place with 1.506 million people, followed by the science museum CosmoCaixa (1.25 million) and the temporary exhibitions' centre CaixaForum Barcelona (979,000 people). The last two are owned and managed by the Catalan savings bank La Caixa, which partially owns Spain's largest retail financial entity CaixaBank. The Art-Nouveau buildings designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, both in Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard, are also among the highlights, with 973,000 and 796,000 visitors respectively. Barcelona's Picasso Museum (915,000) and the Joan Miró Foundation (911,000) are also among the most popular art centres. This coming weekend, coinciding with International Museums' Day, most of them will organise extra activities such as free tours, conferences and workshops, among other things. In addition, many of them will be open on the night of the 17th of May.


The previously mentioned museums, collections and monuments top Catalonia's ranking, but other art centres have also gathered a significant number of visitors. Barcelona City's History Museum welcomed 776,000 people in 2013. The historical and archaeological site Born Cultural Centre, unveiled last September in Barcelona's Born neighbourhood, gathered 676,000 in less than 4 months after it opened its doors. Another archaeological centre, Tarragona's History Museum, with an impressive collection of art and ruins from the Roman Empire, received 649,000 people. Catalonia's National Museum of Art (MNAC) hosted 636,000 visitors and Barcelona's Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA), 627,000.

Then, the ranking goes to centres with less than 300,000 visitors, such as Barcelona's Maritime Museum (299,000), Catalonia's Archaeology Museum (293,000), Barcelona Egyptian Museum (250,000), Girona City's History Museum (233,000), Fran Daurel contemporary art Foundation in Barcelona (211,000) and Barcelona Wax Museum (199,000).

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  • The Nativity Façade of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família, Catalonia's most visited monument (by ACN)

  • The Nativity Façade of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família, Catalonia's most visited monument (by ACN)