10 of the Best Photography Museums in Europe

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

Photo Museum Antwerp

FoMu (by Fotomuseum Antwerpen)

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

Sala Parés Barcelona photo museum

Sala Parés (by Sala Parés)

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

The Photographers' Gallery London museum

The Photographers’ Gallery (by The Photographers’ Gallery)

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

Photography Museum Thessaloniki

Photography Museum (by Thessaloniki Museum of Photography)

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

Portuguese Center of Photography Museums

Portuguese Center of Photography (by Centro Português de Fotografia)

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

Helmut Newton Museum Berlin

Helmut Newton Museum (by Helmut Newton Foundation 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

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Paris Photography Museums

Expo Robert Adams – Our Lives and Our Children at Fondation Cartier-Bresson (by Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson)

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?

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