If you’ve heard of the Centre Pompidou before, it’s likely because it’s one of the most famous art museums in Paris. The first one to exist outside of France opened in the heart of Malaga, Spain — a modern building that sits strikingly as a cube with multicolored and clear glass windows. The contemporary space contains both a large permanent collection and smaller temporary exhibits.
The museum houses nearly 100 unique works from the 20th and 21st century, all of which are grouped in one of five themes: Metamorphosis, Cubism, Politics, Self Portraits, and The Man Without A Face. Famous artists featured include Picasso (who was born in Malaga,) Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, and René Magritte, among others.
Dedicated solely to modern artists of this time period, it operates as a smaller scale design of its sister museum in Paris. Though it is newer than other sights, it has received high acclaim and is already part of most of the city tours of Malaga.
You’ll find the Centre Pompidou Malaga in the new port areas Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos, facing the bay. It is open Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 9:30am-8pm. The permanent collection costs €7 and the temporary €4, or you can obtain entrance to both for €9. For children under age 18, admission is free. Parking is available on site, and multiple public and touristic bus routes stop nearby.