CCCB: the museum that celebrates contemporary culture in all its forms


Article updated 18 April, 2018. 0 comments

The CCCB is a centre for contemporary culture that celebrates the creative process in all its forms. Come and discover original exhibitions!


Located in the Raval, the Centre for Barcelona Contemporary Culture (CCCB) neighbours the Museum of Contemporary Barcelona Art (MACBA). Its pretty building fuses the old (a former charity building dating from 1802), and the modern (a large 30 metre glass roof).

  • You can admire the courtyard from the CCCB viewing point, open every first Sunday of the month from 11am to 8pm.

CCCB, a cultural centre with a bit of everything

The CCCB doesn’t have a permanent collection, but shows temporary exhibitions. These are always very varied and known for their creative freedom.

They are aimed at all types of audience with an aim to viewing our cultural era with a critical eye, and creating debate: it is a great place for meeting and exchanging views.

But although the centre organises exhibitions all year long, it is not properly speaking a museum: it’s actually a cultural centre, the difference being that as well as presenting works of art the CCCB is also a place for artistic creation.

cccb interior

The CCCB defines itself as an artistic experimentation centre, a platform for dialogue between the academic world and citizens, and a promoter of cultural innovation.

As well as exhibitions, there are also debates, festivals, concerts, and conferences on such diverse themes as plastic arts,circus, dance, theatre and cinema…multidisciplinarity is key here.

World Press Photo 2018

Barcelona will be one of the first cities to host the exhibition with the winning photographs of the prestigious photojournalism contest!

  • It’s the 14th edition of the international World Press Photo exhibition. It will be available from April 28th to May 27th, 2018.

Temporary exhibition “after the end of the world”

It is an exhibition that shows the consequences of the actions of the human being on the planet. It includes information on climate change and how this will affect the living conditions in the second part of the 21st century.

  • It’s an interactive exhibition, which allows us to really experience the conditions of inequality and temporality and the different magnitudes of the crisis.
  • It will be available from October 25th, 2017 to May 1st, 2018.

CCCB open-air cinema

In August the open air Gandules cinema cycle takes place, which we mention in our Guide to open air cinemas in Barcelona.

The CCCB shows films every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in August in its internal courtyard. The chosen works are generally contemporary independent films. All the screenings are free so it’s a really top tip!

cccb cinema

Useful information


  • General price €6
  • Reduced price €4 for retired people, under 25s, large families or single parent families.
  • Free entry for under 12s
  • Free entry for all on Sundays from 3pm to 8pm, museum night and  during the Mercé festival (24th September) and Santa Eulàlia (12th February)
  • Free entry if you hold an Articket


  • Monday to Sunday 11am to 8pm
  • Closed non-holiday Mondays, 25th of December and 1st of January.
  • Special opening hours the 25th, 26th and 31st of December and the 5th and 6th of January: 11am to 3pm
  • Ticket office closes half an hour before the exhibition room.

Guided tours

  • Guided tours in Spanish take place every Saturday from 11:30am
  • Guided tours in Catalan take place every Sunday from 11:30am


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