The best museums in Barcelona: free access and discounts

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I think you'll agree that carefree beach getaways are a common thing, but what about moments of reflection and intense awareness who only come after a visit to a good museum in Barcelona?



I guess that's what you're here for.

Whether you're looking for classical artists, modern art, history, science, photography, or just an air-conditioned building, you'll find them all on my list. best museums in barcelona.



The best museums in Barcelona

With so many museums in Barcelona, ​​it is difficult to choose, but here is my top 9, with a desire for diversity.

Remember you can get a reduction up to 20% For all these museums, check out getting free admission thanks to numerous tourist discount cards. You'll find a section on discounts and ways to save money later in the article. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write me in the comments.

Check book your museum tickets online using the blue buttons present in the article to avoid queues.

Also, be sure to check out the free days section, as these museum days are high on my list of the best free things to do in Barcelona.



Picasso Museum

more 3 works of art, you will discover one of the most important Picasso collections in the world, with special emphasis on its years of training as a budding designer. Among the most famous works of art: Arlecchino, Margot and El Loco.



For more information about the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, ​​do not hesitate to consult my page dedicated to the museum where you can even get a magnificent guided tour in French.

Schedules- Check out our dedicated article.

Prices: € 12,00 for adults, € 7,00 for seniors (65+), free for students with a valid student card.

Expiatory Temple Museum (Sagrada Familia)

It would be a shame not to understand the complexities of Antoni Gaudí's genius that can be found in every detail of the most incredible cathedral in the world. So be sure to visit the museum first, which is included in all ticket options.

The highlights are the three-dimensional models of the main characteristics of the church, which Gaudí preferred to drawings. There are also excellent photos more than 90 years of construction. Through a museum window, you can admire the gaudi tombs.

It's a bit hidden below, in front of the main entrance, but aside from the Ticketbar French guided tour, it's the only way to really understand this monument.



Schedules- Check out our dedicated article.

Price: € 20,00 + depending on the ticket.

MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona)

Museum of Fine Arts of Barcelona houses more than 5 works art by internationally renowned artists, such as Antoni Tapies, Cristina Iglesias, Xavier Miserachs, Öyvind Fahlström, etc.



Throughout the building you will find spaces dedicated to photography, painting and sculpture. With a varied and ever-changing display, you'll be able to come back again and again.

Besides being the Museum of Modern Art Barcelona, ​​is well known for hosting a ton of skaters and breakdancers in the outdoor plaza, which naturally attracts some of the best street art in the city.

Schedules: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 19:30 p.m. (Except Tuesday it is closed). Saturday from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 15 p.m.

Price: € 11,00 € 10,45 adults (online), € 8,80 students (face-to-face).

Camp Nou experience

Soccer fans and sports lover in general you will be satisfied by the number of trophies which is located in the second largest soccer stadium in the world.


The football museum itself tracks FC Barcelona's victories, including the multiple trophies Champions League, the Golden Shoes of room dedicated to Messi, and an interactive space to play or admire.


Then you will the stadium tour. Whether it's exiting the players 'tunnel to enter the field, having fun in the visitor's hostel or doing an interview in the commentary booth, you'll be a millionaire footballer for a day for the price of' a paella.



Schedules- Check out our dedicated article.

Price: € 26,00 + depending on the ticket.

CCCB (Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona)

Those who are passionate all kinds of culture they will feel here in their element.

I fell in love with this cultural museum last year at the impressive exhibition W - All the best photos from last year have been enlarged to very high quality and displayed. There was also a very impressive exhibition on the future of our species called Humans.

The Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona is not just a space for your traveling exhibitions. It is a space for creativity, a place for research, exhibition and debate on contemporary themes important.

Schedules: From 11 a.m. to 20 p.m. Closed Monday.

Price: € 6,00 for one exhibition, € 8,00 for two exhibitions, free for children under 12 years of age.

Fondation Joan Miró

Set foot in this Barcelona art museum and feel the ghost of surrealism follow you around every corner.

To understand Joan Miró and his approach to the arts, just read the mantra found in his paintings: "To conquer freedom is to conquer simplicity. In the end, a row or even a color can make a table. "

The Joan Mirò Foundation in Barcelona opened its doors in 1975 not only to present works by the man himself, but also to serve as a place for discussion, inspiration and exhibition for future artists of Barcelona.

The museum's collection of paintings, drawings, projects, and sculptures is among the most comprehensive Mirò collections in the world, covering virtually every second of his artistic life.

Schedules: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m. (November to March from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.), Sunday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. (November to March from 10 a.m. to 15 p.m.). Closed on Mondays other than holidays.

Price: € 13,00 for adults, € 7,00 for students, free for children under 15 years.

MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia)

You will find the MNAC in one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona, ​​the National Palace, built for theUniversal Exhibition of Barcelona of 1929 and located just above the magnificent Magic Fountain.

Starting from the main hall (which looks like a crazy Renaissance hall), the museum is divided into 7 rooms, each one dedicated to a different era: the hall Gothic, bedrooms baroque et Renacimiento, a room dedicated to photography and another to coins.

What makes the MNAC one of the most famous museums in the world is the room medieval et romantic which houses sculptures and paintings from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth centuries.

A bonus? The amazing bar with a terrace with one of the most spectacular views from Barcelona.

Schedules: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m. (October to April from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.) and Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 15 p.m. Closed Monday.

Price: € 11,40 for adults (online), 30% discount for students, free for children under 16 years old.

Cosmo box

it's the Barcelona Science Museum which is much appreciated when visiting with children. However, the truth is that any adult with the slightest interest in science will love this opportunity to learn more in a fun way.

The museum offers a multitude ofinteractive exhibits. This is the case of Touch touch (“Touche Touche”), where you can touch reconstructions of a variety of natural habitats with your bare hands to learn to understand and respect them.

Then there is the Flooded Forest ("Flooded forest"), which consists of reconstituting a tropical forest under rain storms. Do not miss the Planetary, a space dedicated to observing the sky, stars and planets.

Schedules: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m.

Price: € 6,00 € 5,70 (adults online), free for children under 16 years old.

Barcelona Pavilion

To tell you the truth, I had never heard of this hostel. In fact, as soon as I got to the museum, I walked through the entrance without even buying a ticket, until an old woman sitting on a stool asked me to buy one.

This building was built by the legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as it german flag of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona of 1929.

It is a very important building in the history of themodern architecture and famous for its " spectacular minimalism And his use of extravagant materials like onyx, red marble and travertine.

Schedules: every day from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m. From November to February 28 from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.

Price: € 5,00, students € 2,60, free for children under 16 years old.

Free museums in Barcelona

By popular demand, I have created a list of the best free museums in Barcelona. No more excuses for lazy Sundays in Barcelona before you fly, okay?

  • Montjuïc Castle: every Sunday from 15 pm to 20 pm and all day on the first Sunday of the month.
  • The Picasso museum: Thursday afternoon from 18 to 21:30 p.m. First Sunday of the month from 9 a.m. to 19 p.m. Since 2017, free admission must be reserved in advance through this link. Tickets are subject to availability and can only be reserved 4 days in advance.
  • MNAC: first Sunday of the month and Saturdays from 15pm.
  • CCCB: every Sunday from 15pm to 20pm.
  • Hospital de Sant Pau Modernist Precinct: first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 14:30 p.m.
  • Muhba: the Barcelona History Museum. History buffs, especially Roman history, will love this one. The museum is divided into 7 sections and every Sunday from 15 pm the locations of Plaça del Rei (probably the best), Via Sepucral Romana and MUHBA El Call are free.
  • The Blue Museum: Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona. Free every Sunday from 15 pm to 20 pm and all day on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Maritime Museum of Barcelona: Discover the history of the boats used in the history of Spain. Another good museum for children. Free all day on the first Sunday of the month and from 15pm to 20pm the rest of Sundays.
  • The Botanical Garden: These botanical gardens display plants from around the world in the legendary Montjuïc Park. Free all day on the first Sunday of the month and from 15pm to 20pm the rest of Sundays.

Discounts in museums in Barcelona

Articket Barcelona

This entrance card to the Barcelona museum allows yousave more than 50% at the entrance to 6 museums. It also allows you to skip the ticket lines. If you are planning to visit at least three of these top museums, it will make you money.

Just print your coupon and exchange it for a cool passport and see how many stamps you can get. Museums included in the price of 30,00€ They are as follows:

  • Picasso Museum
  • Fondation Joan Miró
  • National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC)
  • CCCB
  • Antoni Tàpies Foundation
  • MACBA

Get your Articket BCN card from our partner Tickertbar by clicking the button below.

Barcelona card

The Barcelona Card is a discounted tourist pass that includes unlimited public transport, airport transfers and more than 85 reductions in most of the most famous attractions in Barcelona.

You will also have a free access to 25 museums, including the CCCB, MACBA, the Picasso Museum, Cosmo Caixa, the Fundació Joan Miró and the MNAC. In addition, you will benefit from discounts in shops, restaurants and all kinds of shows such as flamenco.

Ticket options range from 48 hours to 120 hours (€ 20,00 - € 61,90), but you save 10% buying online from the Barcelona tourist office by clicking the button below.

I'm not sure yet? See the full list of discounts.

Barcelona city pass

The city's new discount card: It's almost a given if you plan to visit the city's museums. Sagrada Familia y Parc Güell. It also allows you to take a ride on the super informative and convenient Bus Turistic.

The best part? You benefit from a 20% off In almost their entire itinerary, the museums included:

  • Picasso Museum (and visit options)
  • The Camp Nou experience
  • National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC)
  • Museum of modernism
  • Museo de Cera

Plus, you'll get a 20% discount on guided tours, excursions, shows, nightlife, and more. And on top of that you will skip the queues.

For more information, click the button below:

Come discuss in the comments below.

Help me to help you. I worked hard to make sure the article was as informative as possible, but am I missing something crucial?

Of all the best museums in Barcelona, ​​which one did you like the most?

I'm available to answer any questions you have regarding your Barcelona vacation, so feel free to contact me in the comments below.

Also, don't be afraid to join the discussion about Barcelona attractions on my new Facebook group called “For City Lovers”. Here you can ask questions, voice your complaints, chat with other travelers and more - anything goes!






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