Pictures can brighten up a room, your day, or even your mood! On a rainy (or even a sunny) day, browsing through one or a couple of photography museums is a great way to spend the day. Here are 7 photography museums our locals recommend. Because a picture speaks a thousand words.
FoMu – Antwerp
Located in the south of Antwerp, FoMu (Photo Museum) is a must see if you are in search of inspiration. According to our Spotter Kevin, this is the perfect place to enjoy the exhibited creativity and broaden your horizon.
Sala Parés – Barcelona
This treasure is probably the oldest privately owned commercial art gallery in the world. In business since 1840, Sala Parés Barcelona has the distinction of being the first gallery to publicly exhibit Picasso’s work. They still focus on art and photography, making sure to offer you a very diverse experience.
The Photographers’ Gallery – London
Our London local Peter´s favorite photo museum? The Photographers’ Gallery. “An hour in the gallery makes for a peaceful break from the shopping masses of Oxford Street. Who knows, it might even make your photos of fancy restaurant meals or grumpy cats even more artistic?”
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography – Thessaloniki
Located in an old military warehouse at the port of Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography is the perfect spot for photographers. Not only do they host beautiful exhibitions, but the spot in itself is a great place to get your camera out. Have a drink at the coffee shop after your visit and enjoy some perfect people spotting.
Portuguese Center of Photography – Porto
Photography straight from jail. Sounds weird, but that’s actually what the Portuguese Center of Photography is all about. The former prison is the ideal location to host the museum, with both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Porto played an important role in the development of Portuguese photography: Emilio Biel and Domingos Alvão used to live here.
Helmut Newton Museum – Berlin
Fancying something a little different? Helmut Newton Museum shows artwork of the famous erotic photographer. He spent several years in Berlin and made photos for magazines like Vogue. His work was game-changing when it comes to naked and erotic photography. Want to see more? Visit the Newton bar where you can see his largest privately displayed work.
Fondation Cartier-Bresson – Paris
This museum is dedicated to one of the most important French photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Not only does the museum showcase his works, but they also organize lectures and temporary exhibitions. The featured artists usually relate to Henri Cartier-Bresson in some way. If you’re really a photography enthusiast, you’ll be glad to know there’s also a research center on the top floor.
What are your favorite photography museums in Europe?