Do you like visiting museums when you come to a new city, but you aren’t that tempted by paying for admission? Barcelona is a great city when it comes to culture and art, and it’s even possible to visit some of its museums for free. So, here is some handy information about a selection of the museums that offer free admission on certain days of the month / year!
- MNAC – Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
MNAC features a comprehensive selection of art, from paintings and drawings to sculptures, with pieces spanning from the 11th century to the 20th. While you visit you can also enjoy great views of Plaça Espanya, or even go and explore Montjuïc.
Free admission: Every Saturday from 3pm / On the first Sunday of every month
Visit their website for more information – https://www.museunacional.cat/es
- MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
MACBA is a research centre and museum that focuses on contemporary art. The dynamic venue has impeccable collections of abstract and minimalist art. Outside the museum is a popular location for people who like to skateboard, so if this interests you, you should head over there.
Free admission: Every Saturday from 4-8pm
Visit their website for more information – https://www.macba.cat/en/index
- CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
CCCB is cultural hub for creative research and arts, centred around the acquisition of knowledge by means of exhibitions, live events and international debates. The museum works with independent artists and creative groups to shine a light on local art from Barcelona.
Free admission: Every Sunday from 3-8pm
Visit their website for more information – https://www.cccb.org/en
- Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum is full of work from the artist’s formative years. The museum houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the Las Meninas series (1957) as well as a comprehensive print collection.
Free admission: Every Thursday from 6-9:30pm (it is necessary to buy a ticket in advance even for free tickets) / On the first Sunday of every month
Visit their website for more information – http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
- MUHBA – Museu d’Història de Barcelona
MUHBA aims to preserve Barcelona’s rich culture and history with exhibitions, lectures, workshops and debates. Through city tours and guided visitors, MUHBA hopes to create a new vision of Barcelona, with a unique concept of several centres scattered throughout the city that explain its history.
Free admission: Every Sunday from 3pm / On the first Sunday of every month
Visit their website for more information – http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/en
Don’t forget! Many of these museums are also free on other days of the year.
On the following days, the majority of museums in Barcelona offer free admission –
Santa Eulàlia Festival – usually between 7th-12th February (dates change each year)
Món Llibre – one weekend during the beginning of April (dates change each year)
La Nit dels Museus – 18th May
National Day of Catalonia – 11th September
La Mercè Festival – 24th September
On the first Sunday of every month, many museums offer free admission (known as ‘open days’), such as Palau Guell, Jardí Botànic de Barcelona, Museu de la Música, El Born Centre Cultural and Castell de Montjuïc. So check their websites for the most up-to-date information, and make the most of it!