Barcelona is a booming metropolis in the heart of Catalonia renowned for its famous artists and architects. The sprawling city is dense with museums, galleries and centres which showcase the rich art, culture and history of Barcelona. There are well over 100 such places, but I’ve listed 30 of the very best museums in Barcelona and when it’s possible to get in for free.
Top 30 museums in Barcelona (+ when to get free entry)
Aside from being a skater’s paradise, the Macba building in El Raval holds a range of contemporary art. The museum opens from Monday to Friday between 11am to 7.30pm, Saturday between 10am to 8pm and Sunday betwen 10am to 3pm. It’s closed on Tuesdays. Tickets cost €10 and are valid for one month. The museum has free open days on International Museum Day (18th May) and La Mercè (24th September). Check what’s on here.
The contemporary culture centre of Barcelona displays work on Barcelona and it’s urban culture. Entry to the Bjork Digital costs €14.50 or €6 to an exhibition. It’s free every Sunday from 3pm to 8pm. There are also free open days on certain holidays.
The Museum of Modernism has a relatively small collection and can be covered within 30 minutes. Entrance costs €10 for adults and €7 for students. The museum opens between 10.30am and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 10.30am to 2pm on Sunday. It closes on Monday.
The National Catalan Art Museum in the Palau Nacional is just up from Plaça España with an incredible view of Barcelona. Tickets cost €12 which gives two entries within one month. You can also pay €2 to go to the rooftop viewpoint. Entry to the museum is free every Saturday after 3pm and on the first Sunday of every month.
This art museum opened in 1963 and was dedicated to the Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Out of all the museums in Barcelona, it’s the most visited with over 1 million visitors every year. Admission to the Picasso Museum usually costs €11. Entry to the museum is free on Thursday from 6.30pm to 9pm and the first Sunday of every month. It closes on Monday.
The European Museum of Modern Art showcases paintings and sculptures from the 20th and 21st centuries. General admission costs €9 for adults and €7 for students. The museum opens from 10am to 8pm betwen Tuesday and Sunday.
The Gaudi Exhibition Center
This informative centre in Pla de la Seu (the same square as Barcelona Cathedral) gives an insight into Antoni Gaudí’s architecture. Tickets cost €15 for adults and €12 for students. The exhibition centre opens everyday between 10am and 8pm from March to October and 10am to 6pm between November to February.
El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria
Set in a former market, this cultural centre displays city ruins from the Vilanova de Mar district during the 1700s. Tickets cost €6 for adults and €4.20 for students. Sometimes there are free exhibitions (see programme). Opening times for the centre are between 10am and 6.45pm from Tuesday to Sunday during which access is free. The exhibitions and archaeological site are open between 10am and 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday and they are always ticketed.
The Barcelona History Museum, Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, is an incredibly interesting museum where you can explore ancient Roman ruins underground in the Gothic Quarter. Tickets cost €7 and there’s free entry every Sunday from 3pm as well as all day on the first Sunday of each month. The museum closes on Monday.
Museu del Disseny
Acting as both a laboratory and museum, this centre is dedicated to design. The museum opens from 10am to 8pm betwen Tuesday and Sunday. Check the museum’s website for varying prices depending on permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Barcelona Egyptian Museum
This museum portrays ancient Egyptian culture. Tickets cost €11 for adults and €8 for students. They offer guided tours included in the entry price to the permanent exhibition every Saturday at 11am in Catalan and 5pm in Spanish.
From 22nd June to 11th September, the museum opens between 10am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. From 7th January to 21st June and 12th September to 30th November, opening times are between 10am and 2pm, 4pm to 8pm from Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sunday.
Tip: It’s possible to buy a combo ticket for both the Egyptian Museum and the Museum of World Cultures for €12.
Museu de Cultures del Mon
The Museum of World Cultures displays collections from different cultures from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. Tickets for permanent exhibitions cost €5 for adults and €3.50 for students. Entrance for temporary exhibitions costs €2.20 for adults and €1.50 for students. Admission to the museum is free on the first Sunday of each month from 10am to 8pm and free every Sunday from 3pm to 8pm.
The museum opens between 10am and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 10am to 8pm on Sunday. It closes on Monday.
CosmoCaixa Museu de la Ciencia
CosmoCaixa is an extremely interesting science museum in Barcelona. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 8pm. Tickets cost €4 and entry is free on the first Sunday of each month.
Located in Montjuïc, CaixaForum displays art exhibitions. It also holds film and music events. Most exhibitions cost under €5. The centre opens from 10am to 8pm every day.
Museo de Arqueología de Cataluña
The archaeology museum holds Roman, Greek and prehistoric artifacts. Entry costs €4.50 for adults and €3.50 for students. It opens between 9.30am and 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 10am to 2.30pm on Sunday. It closes on Monday.
Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Located near Drassanes metro station in the former shipyards, this maritime museum is dedicated to the history of sea exploration and shipbuilding. Tickets cost €10 for adults and €5 for students. Sometimes, there is free entry to temporary exhibitions. Opening times are between 10am and 8pm every day.
FC Barcelona Museum
This sports museum was opened in 1984 in Camp Nou stadium. Learn about the history of FC Barcelona, look at the private art collection by Dalí, Miró and Tàipes, and browse through football memorabilia. After the Picasso Museum, this is the second most visited museum in Barcelona, again with over 1 million visitors every year.
Tickets cost €25. The museum opens between 10am and 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 2.30pm on Sunday.
Something a bit different on my list of museums in Barcelona, check out exhibits on erotic history found on La Rambla. Be aware that it is a relatively small space and it’s more of a novelty experience. Entrance costs around €10 and the museum opens from 10am to 11.30pm everyday.
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
This informative museum is all about the culture of cannabis. Tickets cost €9 at the door or €8.50 online. It opens from 10am to 10pm daily and guided tours are available.
Museu de la Música
The music museum in Barcelona holds more than 500 musical instruments from all over the world as well as documents from ancient civilisations to modern day. Entry is free on the first Sunday of each month. General admission costs €5 for adults and €3.50 for students. Opening times are between 10am and 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. It opens from 10am to 9pm on Thursday and 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
La Virreina Centre de la Imatge
This 18th century palace in La Rambla neighbourhood holds temporary photo exhibitions. The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 8pm. Admission is free!
Museu Frederic Marès
This art and sculpture museum is dedicated to Frederic Marès. Tickets cost around €4 and entrance is free every Sunday from 3pm as well as on the first Sunday of each month.
Museu Can Framis. Fundació Vila Casas
Converted from a factory into a museum, this building in Sant Martí holds contemporary paintings by local Catalan artists. The work dates from the 1960s onwards. General admission to Can Framis Museum costs €5 for adults or €2 for students while temporary exhibitions cost €2. The museum opens between 11am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 2pm on Sunday.
Arts Santa Mònica
Arts Santa Mònica is located on La Rambla and has free admission all year round. The exhibitions relate to art, science and technology. The arts centre opens between 11am and 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. It closes on Monday.
Fundació Joan Miró
Located in Montjuïc, this museum holds modern art dedicated to Joan Miró, a Catalan artist. Most of his work is a combination of abstract and surrealist art. General admission costs €12 for adults and €7 for students. Temporary exhibitions cost €7 for adults and €5 for students.
The museum opens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 6pm between November and March, and 10am to 8pm between April to October. It opens from 10am to 9pm on Thursdays, 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday all year round. The museum closes on Monday.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
This cultural centre and museum displays work from Antoni Tàpies, a famous artist born in Barcelona. Entrance to Fundació Antoni Tàpies costs €7 for adults and €5.60 for students. It opens between 10am and 7pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and closes on Monday.
This art gallery located in Casa Garriga-Nogues in Eixample exhibits art prior to the 1950s. Entrance costs €3 for adults and €2 for students. It opens between 10am and 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm on Sunday and 2pm to 8pm on Monday.
This art museum displays Josep Suñol’s art collections with pieces created by artists such as Picasso, Miró and Warhol. It’s located on 98 Passeig de Gràcia. Tickets cost €4 for adults and €2 for students. Opening times are between 11am and 2pm, 4pm and 8pm from Monday to Friday and 4pm to 8pm on Saturday.
Showcasing contemporary art, entry to this museum costs €8 for adults and €5 for students. It’s open from 10am to 8pm between Tuesday and Sunday and stays open later on Saturday until 9.30pm. Fundació Gaspar is currently closed for improvements so be sure to double check their website before visiting!
Located in El Born, this contemporary art foundation has free entry all year round! Opening times are between 10am and 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It’s closed on Monday.
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