Address: Avda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 6-8, Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: 93 476 86 00

- Free


Cutting edge exhibition space on the flanks of Montjuïc.

This handsome red-brick Modernista building was once a textile factory, but after a dramatic renovation with a Louvre-esque entrance plaza by Arata Isozaki, it's become one of the best exhibition spaces in the city. There is no permanent collection (though there is a fabulous Sol LeWitt mural in the entrance hall), but I've yet to see a dull show here, so it's safe to take pot luck.

The CaixaForum gift shop is also worth a visit, for an altogether classier breed of souvenir.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance is free, with the exception of one or two temporary shows a year (prices vary).

Expert tips

For some reason the security people at CaixaForum are very intolerant of children, but the centre does run great workshops and concerts for kids. Check the online programme for details.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Art
  • Design and architecture