Barcelona is a city of art,exhibitions and culture, thanks in large part to its museums. Some are historic, others newer, and the wide offer of the city proposes to discover various disciplines, from crafts to design and painting to modernism.
Visiting museums for free in Barcelona is possible, because many of them allow free entry to its premises on the first Sunday of each month and others every Sunday afternoon after 15:00h. In addition there are special days, such as days of the open doors or the Night of the Museums where you can also enter without paying.
MNAC, National Art Museum of Catalunya
This museum is situated in the National Palace of Montjuïc, next to the famous Magic Fountain. It includes pieces of all the arts, and of all periods, from Romanesque to the works of the twentieth century, and has as well temporary exhibitions. Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month and the open days are usually on 11th and 24th of September, and The International Museum Day on 18th of May.
Located in the Auditori, it gives an overview of the history of musical instruments. Free entry is the first Sunday of each month,, the other Sundays from 15:00 h on, and the 12th of February, 18th of May, 24th of September and 22nd of November
Museum Frederic Marès
Next to the cathedral, the museum offers the collections of its founder, the sculptor Frederic Marès (1893-1991). You can enter without paying every first Sunday of the month and on Sundays in the afternoon. Its open days are the day of Santa Eulàlia, the International Museums Day and the day of the Fiesta of Barcelona, La Mercè.
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
In the building of Casa de la Caritat del Raval, a space known for its temporary exhibitions, and recreational activities such as the World Press Photo Show. Visitors have free entry on Sundays from 15:00 to 20:00h,, on 12th February, 18th May and 24th September.
El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
It is a historic space, with a collective memory and cultural facilities, reminding of the events of the War of Succession and the site in 1714 in various exhibitions and offers activities related to culture. It’s open with free entry on Sunday afternoons from 15:00h and the first Sunday of the month, in addition there are open days on February 12th, May 18th, September 11th, September 24th and November 30. During these days there is no access to the site and no audio guides available.
MUHBA Barcelona City History Museum
This museum brings together different areas of Barcelona, as the centers of the Plaça del Rei, the Pedralbes Monastery, Villa Joana, Parc Güell, Santa Caterina and El Call. To enter for free, you can go every Sunday from 15 am on the first Sunday of each month, and the open days are February 12 for Santa Eulalia, on September 24 for La Mercè and on May 18 for the International Museum Day.
It is the most visited museum in Barcelona, next to the FC Barcelona. It offers some of the most emblematic works of the painter, and as well temporary exhibitions. The access is free the first Sunday of each month, Sundays 15:00h to 19:00h,and on February 12, May 18 and September 24
Museo Marítim de Barcelona
In the ancient Drassanes building, the museum explores the maritime life of the city in the space which previously housed the shipyards, used to keep in perfect condition the ships leaving or arriving in the city. Entry free is onSunday from 15:00h, 18 May and 24 September.
Natural Science Museum of Barcelona, Botanical Garden
In the Montjuïc mountain, this large garden aims to show and preserve collections of Mediterranean plants from around the world. There is also a small exhibition explaining its route. Free entry on Sundays from 15:00h, on the first Sunday of the month, and the days of the open doors on 12 February, 18 May and 24 September.
One of the newest museums in the city, located in the Parc del Forum, showing the evolution of the planet with spaces for activities. Free entry visits are on the first Sunday of each month and on Sunday afternoons. Also on 12 February, 18 May and 24 September.
The space is designed to spread reflections on contemporary society through the double thrill of scientific knowledge and the aesthetic. Free entry the first Sunday of the month and every Sunday from 16:00h to 20:00h. And the days of open doors on February 12, May 18 and September 24.
Reial Monestir de Pedralbes
It was founded in 1327 and you can visit various spaces such as the cloister, the monastery and the church, as well as gardens and visit an enviable setting in the upper part of the city. The Sundays from 15am and the first Sunday of the month the admission is free, plus day on 12 February (Santa Eulalia), May 18 (International Museum Day) and September 24 (Mare Deu de la Merce, festival of Barcelona).
Converted into a museum, the castle hosts a large space to see the bastions, the courtyard, the terrace, the moat, bridge and facade. It offers outdoor concerts and other activities. Entrance is free every Sunday from 15:00 h.
Museum of World Cultures
Situated in Montcada Street, this museum brings the visitors closer to the artistic and cultural diversity of different people of Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. Free admission on Sunday afternoons..
Museo del Disseny de Barcelona
In the area of les Glories, this modern building combines the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Ceramics Museum, the Textile and Clothing Museum and the Graphic Arts Cabinet. The new hub opens for free entry on Sunday afternoon, 15 to 20 h, and every first Sunday of the month. The days of the open doors are 12, 13 and 14 February (Santa Eulalia) and September 24 (Mare de Deu de la Merce).
La Virreina, Centre de la Imatge
Since ever, this space, located in Las Ramblas, exhibits contemporary art, and since 2007 has focused on the image, with photography exhibitions, audiovisual, digital documentation, and parallel activities. The access is always free.
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