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Hunting for Pablo: 7 US Museums to Enjoy Picasso’s Works

Written by Dhinesh Manuel

This blog post was updated on November 28, 2019.

While the name “Pablo” brings to mind the Netflix show Narcos, there’s another equally badass Pablo worth talking about – Pablo Picasso.

In honor of the birthday of one of the founders of Cubism, whose revolutionary style and colorful personality have made his name synonymous with modern art, we’ve tracked down the 7 museums around America where you can soak in some of his amazing creations … while also enjoying a break for food and drink in and around the surroundings.

The Museum of Modern Art

New York City

Popular Picasso works to enjoy are Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Boy Leading a Horse, Three Musicians, and many others.

Détail des Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso, 1907

If you’re visiting the museum on a cloudy and blustery New York City day, then stop by La Bonne Soupe, which is just around the corner. Slurp on their Crème Andalouse (cream of tomato soup) with a glass of wine, and try one of their highly rated fondues.

The Metropolitan Museum

New York City

The Big Apple has more than one great museum with Picasso’s works on display. At the “Met”, you can contemplate The Seated Harlequin, Still Life with a Bottle of Rum, and At the Lapin Agile, and more.

Take the elevator up to the museum’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar, where you can enjoy drinks and light sandwiches with a great view of the city.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art


The City of Brotherly Love has mad love for Picasso. You can see some of his works like the second version of the Three Musicians; Self Portrait with Palette; and Bowl with Fruit, Violin, and Wineglass.

If you’re visiting on a summer day in Philly, head to The Oval Beer Garden, where you can pick from a variety of food trucks and have a few cold brews. Traveling with the fam? No problem – there’s plenty of enclosures where the little ones can blow off some steam while you run up the steps like Rocky (you know you want to!).

The Art Institute of Chicago


You’ll be blown away by the Windy City‘s Picasso collection, including The Old Guitarist, The Red Armchair, and Mother and Child.

Picasso at the Art Institute of Chicago

You don’t have to visit the museum to admire Picasso’s works – the 50-foot untitled Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza is his gift to the city.

Step over to the Seven Lions close by, where you can savor some burgers, steaks, and other dishes over a selection of wines and cocktails

The National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC

The nation’s capital pays homage to the master by showcasing The Tragedy, Family of Saltimbanques, and The Lovers.

The museum’s Garden Café on the ground floor offers a romantic and cozy setting for a mid-day meal, featuring its eclectic lunch buffets with your choice of meats, soups, cheeses, breads, and salads, in addition to beverages and desserts.

Cleveland Museum of Art


Catch a glimpse of one of  Picasso’s masterpieces, La Vie.

La Vie [1903]

During his “Blue period”, Picasso was depressed after the suicide of a close friend, and his melancholic works during this time (like La Vie) were mainly in shades of blue.

Grab lunch at the museum’s trendy restaurant, Provenance (not to be confused with the adjoining Provenance Café food court). Try their delicious trout or beef stew while enjoying the surrounding greenery over a glass of wine.

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

 Saint Joseph, Missouri

Check out his work Glass and Bottle of Suze.

Since it’s the South, you can always put your hair down and be yourself, which is exactly what you can do at Crumbly Burger. Get your fill of Southern comfort, with hearty burgers, tacos, shakes, and cheese fries – now that’s a real work of art!


Has Pablo Picasso and his art influenced you in any way? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Dhinesh Manuel

Socialite, philanthropist, costumed crime fighter by wait...that's bad ...

Musician, writer, travel junkie, dog lover, and database of useless information. I love to learn about new cultures, experience new cuisines, meet new people, and have a few laughs along the way!

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