Set deep among the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter (judería) is the Buenavista Palace (‘El Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista’), built in the first half of the 16th century on the ruins of a Nasrid palace, not far from Malaga cathedral. Declared a ‘Property of Cultural Interest’ in 1939, it was leased to the Spanish government in 1946 for the provincial art museum, opened in 1961. In 1997 it was acquired by the Museo Picasso Málaga, which opened there in 2003.
The building, centred around a magnificent courtyard, has been renovated and expanded into surrounding buildings. Now it boasts magnificent exhibition spaces, not only for a permanent exhibition that is constantly updating its pieces, but also for temporary exhibitions which this year have included Louise Bourgeois’ ‘I’ve Been to Hell and Back’, and ‘Picasso. The German Records’.
For the complete Picasso experience, though, take yourself to Plaza de la Merced and you can visit the house in which he was born!
Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín, 8, 29015 Malaga, Spain
September-October: open daily 10am-7pm
November-February: open daily 10am-6pm
March-June: open daily 10am-7pm
July-August: open daily 10am-8pm
Permanent collection: € 7 / €5
Temporary exhibition: € 5,50 / €3
Combined ticket: € 10 / €5
Reductions for over 65s, students under 26 with valid identification and groups of between 10 and 25 people (-20%).
Free entry for the unemployed and under 16s.
Free entry every Sunday for the last two opening hours.