Palma de Mallorca is a city with a great history of castles, churches, palaces, and other buildings full of art and culture that make the city a place full of light, magic, and a special sparkle. Its historic architecture combines and contrasts with the most modern buildings of the last century, mixing an infinity of culture, art, and exhibitions from the past and present.
And it is that, through museums, when we get the opportunity to understand what one day was and still is, or what one day was and stopped being. Through art we can know our past, through contemplation we can know ourselves better in depth and find out the future of our art, history, and architecture.
Below you can find where to be inspired by the hidden art in the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca.
Cultural tourism in Mallorca
Mallorca offers endless cultural plans where you can feel the art in every corner. In the Balearic city you will be able to enjoy concerts, visit museums and surprise yourself with incomparable art galleries that have nothing to envy those of other large European cities.
In Mallorca you can visit from the gallery of the artist Bárbara Weil in Port Andratx, to the buildings of the famous Daniel Libeskind. Here are some of its best-known museums:
The most important museums in Palma de Mallorca
These are some of the most important museums that you can visit on the beautiful Balearic Island:
- Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma
Located in the Port de Santa Catalina square, this contemporary art museum will surprise you with its bright rooms, where you can enjoy its more than 700 pieces of art from different artistic periods: from the 19th century to the present. In the museum you can find permanent and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography, and video.
- CaixaForum Gran Hotel
The building, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is one of the best examples of modernist architecture in the Balearic city. It currently has five floors and each of them houses exhibitions on different themes: from the most contemporary to the most classic. Without a doubt, CaixaForum is one of the most touristic spots in the city.
- Museo Pilar & Joan Miró
The museum was the place where the artist Joan Miró lived and worked for years. Located in Cala Major, it has more than 7,000 works of art by Miró and his contemporary counterparts in various rooms of the museum.
- Castell de Bellver
This castle built in the 14th century has an impressive panoramic view of the entire bay of Palma. In addition, the castle is also the Museum of the History of Palma and has two permanent exhibitions: one of classic sculptures and the other dedicated to Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos. If you visit Palma de Mallorca in summer, you can also enjoy classical music concerts in this beautiful castle.
- Museo Fundació Joan March
The museum has a permanent collection of 20th century Spanish artists with more than 70 works and 52 artists represented. You can also find paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Miró and Salvador Dalí and other temporary exhibitions by national and contemporary artists.
- Castell Museu de Sant Carles
This is the main museum of military history in the city since in its ten rooms you can find historical documents, uniforms and military artifacts. The building also has wonderful views of the port and the bay of Palma.
- Museu Diocesà de Mallorca
It has an exhibition of more than 200 pieces of religious art. Located in a bishop building from the 13th century, in this museum you can find an exhibition of the restoration of the Cathedral with the contribution of Gaudí.
Free museums in Palma
In Palma de Mallorca you can access several museums in the city completely free of charge. Thus, the Fundació Miró Mallorca offers free access on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and during the first Sunday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
You can visit the Portopí Lighthouse for free on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In Casal Solleric you can have free access from Monday to Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. it is also free.
The work of the Joan Miró Foundation
The Joan Miró Foundation is one of the largest and most renowned on the island. With one of the largest collections of the Catalan painter, the foundation disseminates contemporary art reaching out to the public.
The origins of the foundation date back to 1968, when the painter began with his first exhibition in Barcelona. Since then, the Joan Miró Foundation has positioned itself as a breaking point and avant-garde, until it has become the centre for the dissemination of art that it is today. The Fundació Miró has different ways of enjoying its exhibitions: modalities of guided tours to explore the works and life of Joan Miró in Mallorca at the hands of the best specialists.