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Barcelona, Spain
Introduction  
 
The Picasso Museum is located in central Barcelona on Carrer de Montcada. It is well-connected by the Metro. You can take Line 1 to the Arc de Triomf station, Line 3 to the Liceu station, or Line 4 to the Jaume I station. There are also many buses available. The museum does not have its own parking lot. The Picasso Museum is open from 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is 9€ ($13) for the general public but children, seniors, members, and teachers get in for free.
 
There are five Picasso museums in Europe, two in Spain, two in France, and one in Germany. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona was the first to open. It was inaugurated in 1963, and has a world class collection of Picasso's work during his formative years when he was living in Barcelona. The museum claims its works are exhaustive up until the Blue Period. Since there are 3,800 pieces in the permanent collection, this claim may be valid. 
 
In addition to Picasso's works, the Picasso Museum also hosts temporary exhibits that feature artists who influenced Picasso as well as artist for whom Picasso was a major influence. For instance, a recent exhibit featured the works of Velázquez, 17th century Spanish painter. A later exhibit displayed Kees Van Dongen, a Fauvist and contemporary of Picasso.
 
The Picasso Museum also sponsors interactive tours for youngsters. These tours encourage age-appropriate discussions about a select number of Picasso's works. Guided tours are also available for adults in the temporary exhibits at select times.

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