The skyline of Palma hints at a long and rich history. It has castles, town palaces, Gothic churches and flowing modern architecture. Within these distinctive spaces are numerous cultural expositions showcasing everything from the island’s military and religious history to its groundbreaking past and present artists.
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
This spacious and light-filled contemporary art museum is located beside the historic square of Porta de Santa Catalina. Take a moment to climb the stairs beside the main entrance. From the decked terrace you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city, including the emblematic La Seu Cathedral. The museum is a significant centre of culture and education. It contains over 700 works of art dating from the late 19th century to the present day. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions which combine sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and installations.
Es Baluard museum is a beautiful art gallery housing some impressive modern day works of art. It is a ‘must see’ when visiting Palma. […] Es Baluard museum of modern art in Palma
This early 14th century fortress has a rare circular foundation, unique in Spain, and extremely rare in Europe. It’s located just 3km away from the centre of Palma, atop a pine-covered hill with stunning views overlooking the bay of Palma. The castle houses the city’s history museum. It also has a permanent classical sculpture collection and an exhibition dedicated to the influential 18th century Asturian politician and former prisoner of the castle, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos. Bellver Castle hosts classical concerts during the summer evenings.
For Palma’s most spectacular views, visit the landmark Bellver Castle to the west of the city. […] Bellver Castle in Palma
Museo Pilar & Joan Miró
The artist Joan Miró may have been born in Catalonia, however his mother and wife were from Mallorca, and the island has adopted him as their own. The museum is located in the seaside town of Cala Major just 7km from Palma which is where Miró lived and worked. In fact, one of the main attractions is his studio, which has been left untouched since his death. There are 7,000 works of art by Miró and his contemporaries spread across modern and well-illuminated rooms.
Enjoy a leisurely visit to the Fundació Miró and soak up the atmosphere in which Joan Miró created many of the paintings and sculptures on display. […] Art and architecture at the Joan Miró Foundation
CaixaForum Gran Hotel
The Gran Hotel in Plaza Weyler was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and is one of the best examples of modernist arquitecture on the island. Since 1993 it has been a cultural centre under the social wing of La Caixa. Across five storeys it presents socio-educational exhibits, contemporary photography and guest collections by renowned masters of the calibre of El Greco and Toulouse-Lautrec. There is a permanent collection by the modernist artist Hermen Anglada Caramasa. CaixaForum Gran Hotel is a cool and peaceful space and, despite its central location, is often overlooked by tourists.
A wide range of expositions, lectures and workshops are hosted in the beautiful modernist Gran Hotel in the centre of Palma. […] CaixaForum Gran Hotel Palma
Museo Fundació Joan March
Fundació Museu Joan March is an unexpected haven of art located along the busy shopping street of Sant Miquel. Within the grand 17th century town house is a permanent collection of prominent Spanish artists of the 20th century. There are more than seventy works and fifty-two artists represented. Among them are paintings and sculptures by Picasso, Miró and Salvador Dalí. Temporary exhibitions display national and contemporary artists.
Picasso, Mirò, Dalí and Tàpies are just some of the extraordinary artists whose work is displayed in this free to enter gallery. […] Museu Fundació Joan March Palma
Museu Diocesà de Mallorca
This small museum has a permanent collection of over 200 works of religious art which takes visitors on a journey through Christianity on the island. It is a short walk across from the Cathedral and Almudaina Palace and set within a wing of the 13th century Bishop’s palace. There is an exhibition dedicated to the restoration of the Cathedral with input from Gaudi. Works by the influential philosopher and writer, Ramón Llull, are on display here, too. The descriptions are only in Spanish and Catalan, however guided tours are available.
C/ Mirador, 5, Palma.
Phone: +34 971 723 860 – 971 213 100
Castell Museu de Sant Carles
Canons flanking the entrance, displays of weaponry and items connected to military rituals, and actual soldiers, can be found at the Sant Carles fortress at Porto Pi. This is Palma’s main military history museum and includes objects from Spain and beyond. It has ten exhibitions rooms containing historic documents, uniforms, artifacts and more. After perusing hundreds of items, step outside to enjoy the views overlooking the harbour.
The Fort from the early 17th century offers something for lovers of ramparts, fortifications & canons, but also a wonderful view of the sea & the cathedral. […] Palma’s Military Museum
Museu Militar i de Història de les Balears
This museum is dedicated the military history of Spain and the Balearic Islands. It can be found on Carrer de Sant Miquel in what was Palma’s former military hospital and prior to that, the 13th century convent of Santa Margalida. The exhibition space showcases the evolution of the military. There are displays of memorabilia, uniforms and weapons. One popular feature is the 19th century military pharmacy donated by Spain’s Queen Isabel II, complete with glass cabinets full of ointments and medicines.
C/ Sant Miquel, 69, Palma.
Phone: +34 971 227 058
Learning about the art and history of a city is one of the best ways of really connecting with it. If you’re looking for more things to do and see in Palma, take a look at some of our ideas.