Malaga is considered to be one of the capitals of culture in Europe thanks to its 40 museums; some of which are known and awarded internationally such as the Picasso Museum in Malaga, the Centre Pompidou, or the Thyssen Museum in Malaga.
Within this great catalogue of art galleries there is a great variety that has activities and dynamics for the youngest ones. If you want to know some of the best museums in Malaga for children, keep reading our recommendations.
An added bonus is that most of these museums are free and those that are not have reduced entrance fees for children under 12. It is time to mix entertainment with culture. Is there a better plan?
The Interactive Music Museum is undoubtedly one of the best options for children’s museums. As it is an interactive art gallery, it is totally full of activities, objects and instruments that can be used by the little ones in the house. In fact, one of its slogans is “Please play”.
This museum also carries out a great number of activities focused on children such as storytelling, creative experience laboratories, or temporary exhibitions with instruments from other cultures or countries.
How to get to the Interactive Music Museum: it is very easy to walk from the Historical Centre of Malaga. It is only a few minutes walk from the famous Picasso Museum and the Plaza de Uncibay.
Where: Palacio Conde de las Navas. Calle Beatas, 15 // Telephone: 952 210 440
The National Museum of Airports and Air Transport is another great attraction for children in Malaga. Because let’s face it: what child doesn’t like aeroplanes? This is one of the free museums in Malaga that is worth visiting thanks to its internal collection of instruments, data and activities about the world of planes and airports.
Children will be able to find out how planes fly, what the controls of a commercial plane look like or even see the inside of nine historic aircraft. Its large outdoor space of 4,000 m2 also has a control tower from the 1940s.
How to get to the Aeronautical Museum: You can get there by car in the direction of Malaga Airport or from the city centre on the buses of lines 9 or 10.
Where: Avenida Comandante García Morato, 81 // Telephone: 952 048 176
The Jardín de la Concepción, also known as Málaga Botanical Garde – although it is not a museum proper – is one of the best options for children to learn about nature while taking a pleasant walk in the surrounding area.
On its 23 hectares there are up to 25,000 species of plants, 3,000 species of tropical plants and 90 species of palms. Built in the 19th century by the Marquises of Casa Loring, it was a leisure area for the upper class in Malaga until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1943 it was restored as a tourist attraction.
For the little ones it is possible to visit a Barbies Exhibition House, which recreates what was the Botanical Garden in its origins with costumes from the period.
How to get to the Botanical Garden: By car, head north of the city, taking the Pantano del Agujero exit from the A-42. By bus, take line 2 to the last stop. From there it is about 15 minutes on foot. You can also get there with Málaga Tour (line 91 EMT), from the Automobile Museum and Train and Bus Station.
Where: Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3 // Telephone: 952 250 745
It is possible to get to know the works of the Malaga genius in a fun way with children. The Picasso Museum has adapted its route to family visits and offers a series of activities and dynamics focused on the youngest members of the family.
The Picasso Museum is located in the beautiful Buenavista Palace, with 11 rooms and 233 works that show the pictorial journey of Pablo R. Picasso, from his first incursions into art with its blue and pink periods, to his artistic maturity.
The MPM has educational programmes based on workshops for the whole family. After the increase in the number of young visitors, they implemented the possibility of booking their “Come with Children!“.
These guided visits are designed for families with children and consist of the possibility of children learning different painting styles with Picasso, so that at the end of the visit they can create works that parents can take home. These tours must be booked in advance.
How to get to the Picasso Museum Málaga: It is very easy to get to the Picasso Museum on foot from the Historical Centre by following the signs that will appear all along the way.
Where: Calle San Agustín 8 // Telephone: 952 127 600
If we have already commented that planes are one of the weaknesses of the smaller ones, there is no doubt that another one is cars. In the Malaga Car Museum you can find up to 100 cars that cover the entire history of vehicles from the Belle Epoque, the 1920s, Art Deco, English tradition, the Dolce Vita or Tuning.
We can say that each car is a jewel in its own right. Even though the vehicles cannot be touched in this museum to preserve them, children will be impressed by the number and rarity of models that will be shown in the various thematic rooms of this peculiar art gallery.
How to get to the Malaga Car Museum: This museum is located in the old Tabacalera. It can be easily reached by car from the east coast of Malaga to Huelin. You can also get there by bus from the centre by taking line 16, 15 or 3 (stopping at Avenida La Paloma).
Where: Av. de Sor Teresa Prat, 15 // Telephone: 951 137 001
Visiting these museums and recreational spaces, the youngest ones will have had a great time with their parents, but they will also have learned a lot of information about music, motor, art or nature. The Latin expression Prodesse et Delectare (to teach by delighting), in its purest form.