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“Great adaptation of the old city walls”
Review of Museum Es Baluard

Museum Es Baluard
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: As a referent in the Balearic Islands of the artistic creation in the 20th and 21th centuries, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma presents since its opening in 2004 differents views of its collection, organizes exhibitions of the main international artists and promotes languages as music, theater, performance, poetry and circus, in the context of the experimental movements. The museum's halls show works of Picasso, Miró, Barceló, Sorolla, Rusiñol, Mir, Anglada-Camarasa, Horn, Calatrava, among others.
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“Great adaptation of the old city walls”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Even if you are not a contemporary art fan, a visit to Es Baluard will be a highlight of your visit to Palma. The venue is just stupendous - a really eye-popping use of the old fortress of Sant Pere & part of the Renaissance city walls, completed only in 2004. The views of the city from the rooftop broadwalk alone justify the entrance price (6 Euros - concessions 4.50 Euros). You can actually access part of the roofline free from two or three outside points - though the ramps and staircases are somewhat confusing and seem to end in blank walls. The cafe and some outdoor sculpture is also accessible free.
Inside works by Miro, Tapies, Matisse, Dali, Gauguin & a variety of 19th to 21st century artists hang in dramatic galleries and hanging spaces in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. There is a selection of Picasso ceramics in one small space which I found rather disappointing - though that was the one downside of the whole visit.
If you bring kids - get them to search for the rats on the roof (sculptures!). Most areas are easily accessible to people with disabilities. English-speaking staff are on hand to help and even explain what the artworks are about.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great rats”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Nice way to spend an hour and well laid out building and the best bits were the sculptured rats on the roof.

Visited February 2013
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Knowle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This houses a great collection of Spanish greats. Set in a modern design the clever use of space makes for an easy viewing. The cafe is welcome after an hour or two and you must make it up to the top floor to enjoy the fine views of the city.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Go up to the roof!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Very modern building surrounded by old walls. Miro and Picasso and many Spanish artists. Outside on the second floor are more exhibits but the view over Palma is just fantastic. The cafe must be a lively place in the warmer months. Nice resting place but I didn't see any waiting staff. Go to the museum if you want something modern.

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Nahariya, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Palma's modern art museum”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Es Baluard is perfectly located on the seaside of Palma, and houses a wonderful collection of modern Spanish art. The spaces are generous, the design is lovely. The temporary exhibit during our visit was Picasso's ceramics. Don't miss the rooftop sculptures and magnificent views of Palma.

Visited January 2013
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