CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, or CCCB for short, is contemporary arts centre in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood. The centre opened in 1995 in a historic building which was once an almshouse and houses three main exhibition areas, as well as an auditorium, a bookstore, an arts cinema and a digital archive, all of which are open to the public.

The CCCB sets itself apart from Barcelona’s other contemporary art museums by not having a permanent collection. Instead, it displays a variety of temporary exhibitions that all share the common, underlying theme of cities and urban life. Each exhibition typically runs for six months, and there are usually two exhibitions being shown at any one time, although this may vary.

Another thing which makes the CCCB unique is that, in addition to the exhibitions, the centre also hosts a range of other activities, including concerts, film festivals, poetry readings, art workshops and debates relating to current and upcoming exhibitions.

The main entrance to the CCCB in Barcelona
CCCB, Barcelona’s Centre of Contemporary Culture

Generally speaking, I’ve found that the exhibitions at the CCCB tend to be more relatable and less high-brow than some of the more Avante-guard and esoteric art, which is often on display at the MACBA. Having said that, it’s still worth checking what’s on before you visit.

Every year, the CCCB hosts the World Press Photo Exhibition, which usually happens in November and December and is one of the centre’s most popular events. The exhibition features award-winning photos from the previous year and is typically accompanied by various related activities such as guided tours and debates.

Visiting the CCCB

Here is some practical information to assist you in planning your visit to the CCCB museum in Barcelona.

The interior courtyard of the CCCB museum Barcelona
CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Time needed to visit the CCCB

I recommend you allow between forty-five minutes and one hour to visit the CCCB. The time needed will vary depending on whether there are one or two exhibitions on display when you visit.

Information in English?

Yes, there is information about the exhibits in English, Catalan and Spanish.

Location & how to get to the CCCB

The CCCB is located in the Raval neighbourhood, near the MACBA museum and the Boqueria market.

Address: Carrer de Montalegre, 5, Barcelona

The nearest metro stops are Universitat, on lines L1 & L2, Pl. Catalunya on metro lines L1 & L3 and Liceu, on the L3 metro line.

Art on display in the CCCB, Barcelona
CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 – 20:00

Monday (except public holidays): CLOSED

The museum remains closed on January 1st and December 25th, and entrance times may vary due to public holidays etc.


Ticket typePrice
Adult, one exhibition€6
Adult, two exhibitions€8
Reduced, one exhibition€4
Reduced, two exhibitions€6
Reduced two exhibitionsFree

Articket (Barcelona Museum Pass)

If you plan on visiting three or more of the museums listed below, it will generally work out cheaper if you purchase the Articket, which includes skip-the-line entrance to all six museums for just €38.

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Barcelona Card

The CCCB is also included in the Barcelona Card, which gives free access to twenty-five of the city’s best museums, unlimited journeys on public transport and discounts at many other attractions and activities.

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Art on display in the CCCB, Barcelona
CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Free entry days

The CCCB can be visited free of charge after three pm every Sunday (prior reservation needed).

You can also visit free of charge on the following days: May 13th & 18th and September 24th.

Other attractions nearby


Carrer de Montalegre, 5, Barcelona

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