I am visiting Barcelona in Sept. and am seeking advice on the best tours of the Picasso Museum. There are walking tours, which includes 1 hour walk and 1 hour tour of El Born with entry included in the walking tour price. There are probably other such tours. Then there are tours in English given by the Picasso Museum on Sunday at 11:00 and if you book through the museum the tour cost is the cost of the actual ticket 14E and it allows you to enter without standing in line. Another option is to stand in line and buy a ticket and take the museum audio tour. There is also free admission at the Museum on Sunday after 3:00 pm and free admission every Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm. Are these times crazy busy? What is your best advice on visiting this museum.
I did a Picasso's Barcelona tour out of the City Tourist Office below Placa Catalunya two years ago. I found it to be very, very informative, as well as quite enjoyable. The guide was quite capable as far as Barcelona and the Picasso Museum were concerned. He spent about 45 minutes with us leading us through the highlights of the Museum at the end of the tour and then we were free to stay there as long as we wished and further explore it on our own. It was a very high value tour.
Free times are crazy busy with long lines.
I've used the audio tour and it's fine; about par with most museum audio guides. The collection has holes and the audio guide just skips over them with no infill of how his work develops in between. That was my main issue with the audio guide.
I can't speak to the guided tour options. However, I've done the audio tour coupled with a guidebook. That option worked pretty well. The museum takes a couple of hours using this method. I suspect you might get more backstory on Picasso and some of the key works if you use one of the guided options.
The line was short (only about a dozen people) when I visited in June on a Friday afternoon.
I really enjoyed this museum. It's not too big and, although it has some holes, it gives you a decent picture of how Picasso's art transitioned over the years.