Free Museum Days in Barcelona (2017 Update)

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Above: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). MACBA temporary exhibitions are free on their opening nights.

Many of Barcelona’s best museums offer free entry once a month, including the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Museu Picasso and Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA).

May 18th, International Museum Day, is an occasion when many of the museums in Barcelona are free to enter, including some that do not otherwise offer a day of free entry each month.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

The MNAC combines Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art collections along with collections from 19th and 20th century. Built in 1929, MNAC is housed in the Palau Nacional and offers impressive views over Plaça d’Espanya and the city center.

Admission is free every Saturday starting at 3pm and on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 936 22 03 60
Website: www.mnac.cat | View Map

La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

Situated near the top of La Rambla and housed in a magnificent 18th century baroque and rococo palace, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge hosts temporary photo exhibitions.

Admission is free.

Address: Palau de la Virreina, La Rambla, 99 08002 Barcelona
Phone: +34 933 161 000
Website: lavirreina.bcn.cat | View Map

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso Barcelona

Opened in 1963, the Museu Picasso houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 56 30 00
Website: www.museupicasso.bcn.cat | View Map

Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

Museu d'Història de Barcelona (MUHBA)

Opened after the Civil War, in 1943, the Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA) explores life in the Roman colony that was called Barcino.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Plaza del Rey, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 56 21 00
Website: museuhistoria.bcn.cat | View Map

Palau Güell

Palau Güell

The Palau Güell is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Güell. The Palau is located in the El Raval neighbourhood just off La Rambla.

Admission is free the first Sunday of the month.

Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona
Phone: +34 934 72 57 75
Website: palauguell.cat | View Map

Museu Marítim de Barcelona

Museu Marítim de Barcelona

The Barcelona Maritime Museum is housed in the Barcelona Royal Shipyards (drassanes) in a building of well preserved Gothic architecture. Pictured above is a replica of the ornate Galera Reial  (Royal Galley), which was the flagship of the Christian fleet in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm.

Address: Av. de les Drassanes s/n, 08001 Barcelona
Phone: +34 933 429 920
Website: www.mmb.cat | View Map

Museu d’Història de Catalunya

Museu d’Història de Catalunya

The Museum of Catalan history is housed in the old General Trading Warehouses of the Port of Barcelona, built between 1894 and 1900.

The museum covers the history of Catalonia from the Palaeolithic era up to the 21st century. Historical themes include the roots (prehistory to the 8th century), the birth of a nation (8th to 13th centuries), our sea (13th to 16th centuries), at the edge of empire (16th to 18th centuries), a steam powered nation (18th to 19th centuries), the electric years (1900 to 1939), defeat and recovery (1940 to 1980) and a portrait of contemporary Catalonia (1980 to 2007).

Admission is free the first Sunday of the month.

Address: Palau de Mar, Plaça de Pau Vila, 3, 08003 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 25 47 00
Website: www.en.mhcat.cat | View Map

Jardí Botànic de Barcelona

Jardí Botànic de Barcelona

The Botanical Garden of Barcelona is set at the top of Montjuïc, nearby the stadiums used in the Summer Olympics of 1992.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer, 2, 08038 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 56 41 60
Website: www.jardibotanic.bcn.cat | View Map

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)

The CCCB located in El Raval, is focused on the city of Barcelona and contemporary urban culture.

Admission is free on Sundays after 3pm.

Address: Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona
Phone: +34 933 06 41 00
Website: www.cccb.org | View Map

Museu Frederic Marès

Museu Frederic Marès

The Museu Frederic Marès is an art and sculpture museum. Frederic Marès was a sculptor himself, who collected numerous statues as well as everyday objects of the time.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Plaça de Sant Iu, 5-6, 08002 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 56 35 00
Website: www.museumares.bcn.cat | View Map

Museu de la Música

The Museu de la Música de Barcelona exhibits a collection of musical instruments from all over the world.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: L’Auditori, Carrer de Lepant, 150, 08013 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 56 36 50
Website: www.museumusica.bcn.es | View Map

CosmoCaixa Museu de la Ciencia

CosmoCaixa Barcelona Spiral Stairs

The CosmoCaixa science museum houses exhibits related to the environment, nature, science, and space.

Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Carrer d’Isaac Newton, 26, 08022 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 12 60 50
Website: obrasocial.lacaixa.es | View Map

Museu Blau

Museu Blau Barcelona

Museu Blau de les Ciències Naturals is an architectural landmark in Barcelona designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. This natural history and science museum houses permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Admission is free every Sunday from 3pm onwards and all day on the first Sunday of each month.

Address: Carrer de Leonardo Da Vinci, 4, 08019 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 56 60 02
Website: www.museublau.bcn.cat | View Map