Malaga may be a modern city, but it still holds on to its rich and varied history. It is one of those modern cities with a traditional core that holds it together. 

Malaga’s art, culture and heritage are showcased in a number of remarkable museums such as the Carmen Thyssen Museum, Picasso museum or the Casa Natal de Picasso. 

Here’s a look at the very best museums and other cultural centres in Malaga.

The Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre in Malaga is the first of its kind outside of France.  It is located at Malaga’s recently developed modern port, the Muello Uno. It features many wonderful artworks from the 20th century. 


The CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) is a popular museum in Soho, which is free to visit. It showcases many wonderful examples of street art by modern artists, as well as contemporary and modern art.

Museo Picasso

Malaga is where the famous Pablo Picasso, considered to be the greatest artist of the 20th century, was born. The Picasso Museum in Malaga has many great paintings, sculptures, sketches and engravings from the great man. 

Not far from here is the house where Picasso was born, the Casa Natal de Picasso, which has since been converted into a small museum.

Museo Carmen Thyssen

The Carmen Thyssen Museum is similar to the Thyssen Museum in Madrid. Here you will find the private art collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Europe in her time.

Municipal Heritage Museum

The Municipal Heritage Museum showcases some of the finest works of art and cultural artefacts in Spain from various historical periods. The museum hosts many temporary art exhibitions from time to time.

Centro de Ciencia Principia

The Centro de Ciencia Principia is a delightful science museum which is targeted at children, and hopes to build appreciation for science from a very young age. There are many fun activities for kids here.  

Cathedral and Episcopal Palace

The La Manquita or the Malaga cathedral, as it is also called as, is a historic structure that hosts many exhibitions of Catholic Art. 

Not far from here is the Episcopal Palace which displays both Catholic Art and African Art.  

Basilica de Santa María de la Victoria is another famous structure that hosts historically significant works of art.