The International Museum Day


The International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated annually on May 18; It is organized since 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and aims to raise public awareness about the important role of museums and in the development of society. During the IMD the museums organize a lot of activities, taking place on the same May 18, but can also start earlier or end after that date. The most attractive events of IMD are the open days with free admission to the museums and the celebration of The Night of the Museums.

The 2019 edition of the International Museum Day

The role of museums in society is changing. For this reason, this year's edition will focus on the new roles that museums play in their communities. The museums maintain their main missions (collection, conservation, communication, research and exhibition), but by adapting to the new circumstances they are continuously reinventing themselves. Now they are more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. Today museums are cultural hubs that function as platforms where creativity is combined with knowledge and where visitors can co-create, share and interact.

Visit the most important museums of Barcelona for free

On this day most of Barcelona's museums can be visited for free, among them, the most important ones like Picasso Museum, MNAC, Miró Foundation, MACBA and Tàpies Foundation. You can also access free temporary exhibition rooms such as the CCCB and CaixaForum.