The Fundació Joan Miró (or Joan Miró Foundation) is one of Barcelona’s most iconic things to see! Joan Miró was a Catalan artist who hailed from Barcelona and locals are very proud of his connection with this part of Spain. If you’re wondering whether or not the Joan Miró Foundation is a good place to visit with kids, read on to find out some pros and cons of seeing this museum:
Joan Miró loved creating works of art that featured bright and bold colours and many have a very whimsical air which is sure to appeal to kids. Miró loved exploring new ways to make his art so the museum features everything from paintings, to tapestries, to sculptures. Given the colourful nature of the art, and the many different types, it’s unlikely your young ones will be bored during their excursion through the Joan Miró Foundation.
All of Joan Miró’s work is open to interpretation and, since he was considered of the Surrealist school of art, at first glance it might be difficult to understand exactly what he intended to say. If you happen to grab an audio guide, be careful about passing it to your kid. Some of Miró’s work is sexual in nature and it might not be appropriate for a younger child to listen to some of the explanations. Just be aware of this side of Joan Miró’s work when visiting with the family!
The Joan Miró Foundation is extremely family-friendly and the museum offers a variety of family-orientated activities that will appeal to both parents and kids alike. There are new workshops, tours, and shows on a monthly basis, so check in at the museum’s website to see what’s going to be available during your visit to Barcelona!
The museum is understandably a very popular destination for many tourists, but its location might make it a bit tricky to get to. It’s located at the top of a hill called Montjuïc which overlooks Barcelona. While there are various ways to get there, whether it be by metro then walking, or taking a bus, it’s good to know that the journey isn’t as straightforward as other locations in the city. And also take note that it’s best to eat at the museum café before heading back down as there aren’t really any places nearby to get good food.
All in all, I think there are more pros to visiting the Joan Miró Foundation with your kids. Some of the art, like the outdoor sculptures, is interactive so kids are free to touch. While the indoor art is strictly hands-off, kids will surely still enjoy looking at the pieces. A fun game to play is to ask your child to try and figure out what animals Joan Miró was featuring in each piece. This can be a great way to get your kid/kids involved and to spark their imaginations!
Want to learn more about the Joan Miró Foundation? Read all about Milford’s adventure at the museum!