A sunny port city on the Costa Del Sol, Malaga benefits from the fair weather of southern Spain and has a lot to offer both its inhabitants and visitors in terms of cultural activities. One of the largest cities in Southern Europe, Malaga’s history dates back 3000 years and is easily visible through the stunning ruins and wonderful architecture dotted around the city. While it’s often overlooked for the beautiful Alhambra palace in Grenada and the breath-taking aesthetics of Seville, this large cosmopolitan city is packed with wonderful sights and fascinating attractions to educate and inspire visitors.
Whether you want to discover more about archaeology, find out more about the local wines, or you’d like to admire the works of Picasso in detail, there are so many museums in Malaga to get delightfully lost in for an afternoon. Rivalling Madrid for its collection of cultural attractions, Malaga currently has around 30 different museums including these gems:
The Picasso Museum
One of Malaga’s most famous occupants is the great artist, Pablo Picasso, so it’s really no surprise that there should be a museum dedicated to him here. Located on Calle San Agustin, the Museo Picassos features over 200 of his works including iconic paintings and many family portraits. The museum building has its own attractions too, with historical remnants discovered during its renovation on show in the basement. If you can’t get enough of Pablo, why not head over to the nearby Casa Natal de Picasso, the house the artist was born in, afterwards?
Address: 8, Calle San Agustín
The Automobile Museum
Not just an attraction for fans of vintage cars, the sophisticated Automobile Museum opened in 2010 and is the brainchild of a Portuguese millionaire who wished to display his vast collection of super vehicles to the world. Far from your average transport museum, this institution manages to combine automobiles with fashion by displaying stylish designer travel accessories from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s alongside the cars. There’s even a Swarovski encrusted Rolls-Royce to dazzle visitors, along with themed areas inspired by iconic fashion eras.
Address: 15, Avenida Sor Teresa Prat
The Glass Museum
For art with a shimmering twist, pop into the Glass Museum located in a traditional 18th century townhouse on Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre. While a large proportion of the collection features around 700 pieces of beautiful glass from the past 4000 years, the building has also been decked out with eye-catching antiques and other decorative pieces to mimic an historic grand house. Offering a glimpse into the life of a wealthy resident in the 1700s, this unique museum also occasionally hosts special events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Address: 2, Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre
The Military Museum
If you really want to get to grips with Malaga’s epic history, wander round the small Military Museum that’s housed in the charming Gibralfaro Castle overlooking the city. While it may be small in size, it’ll open up a world of knowledge around Malaga’s role in military conquests in the region. From military uniforms and miniature battle displays to insight on living as a soldier in the castle, the Military Museum is a fun and educational stop on the Malaga culture trail.
Address: Castillo de Gibralfaro
The Popup Pompidou
A new addition to the Malaga Museum scene, this innovative exhibition located in a futuristic cube building on the waterfront is on loan from the prestigious Centre Pompidou in Paris. Featuring 20th and 21st century works from the likes of Frida Kahlo, Rene Magritte and Sophie Calle, the Malaga Pompidou Centre has been divided up into 6 unique sections and also includes spoken word, dance, and film workshops. With iconic contemporary artwork on the inside and a vivid design to its exteriors, this museum is an intriguing must-see for art fans.
Address: Muelle Uno, Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux
The Wine Museum
This museum hidden away on Plaza de los Viñeros is the ideal place to sample a glass or two of local liquor whilst simultaneously getting a lesson in wine-making. Whether you prefer a sweet sherry, a dry white or a bolder glass of red, this museum takes you through the history of wine making in the region through displays of over 400 wine bottles and labels dating back 200 years. Taking the format of a tour, it ends with a delightful tasting experience of wines from the museum’s vintage collection.
Address: 1, Plaza de los Viñeros