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The city of Barcelona is globally known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and impressive works of art. If you’re coming to Barcelona, you’ll likely want to explore all the cultural and leisure options the city has to offer. To help you stick to your budget, here are 12 museums that you can’t miss, and the best part is—they won’t cost you a thing! Are you ready?

Museum of Music

This fascinating museum takes you on a journey through the history of music. From ancient to modern instruments, its collection is truly unique. Run by the Barcelona City Council, it aims to be a meeting place for music enthusiasts. In addition to its collections, the museum hosts concerts and boasts a comprehensive library.



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  • Location and How to Get There: It is located at 150 Lepant Street. You can reach it by taking the metro to the Glòries station.
  • Free Admission Times: Sundays after 3:00 PM, Thursdays starting at 6:00 PM, First Sundays of the month (full day), Certain national holidays.

Museo de la Música de Barcelona

Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)

For contemporary art enthusiasts, this center is a must-visit. In addition to avant-garde exhibitions that will leave no one indifferent, the center offers visitors two consultation rooms (the CCCB archive and the Xcèntric archive), a comprehensive bookstore, and the Terracita bar-restaurant to conclude the visit.

  • Location and How to Get There: Located at 5 Montalegre Street. The nearest metro and bus stops are Universitat and Plaça Catalunya.
  • Free Admission Times: Every Sunday after 3:00 PM (reservation required), as well as on certain holidays. Admission is always free for the unemployed, individuals with a teaching card, friends of the CCCB, retirees with a pink card, children under 12, and accredited journalists, among others.

Historical Botanical Garden of Barcelona

Although considered a museum, the Botanical Garden is a small paradise in the city where nature and history magically merge. Due to the microclimate created by its location, the garden features species from Australia, California, the Mediterranean basin, South Africa, and Chile.

  • Location and How to Get There: 2 Dr. Font i Quer Street. The nearest station is Plaza Espanya, from where you need to walk about 30 minutes or take buses 150, 13, or 55. Access is also possible via the Montjüic funicular.
  • Free Admission Times: Every first Sunday of the month all day and every Sunday throughout the year after 3:00 PM.

Pedralbes Monastery

The Gothic monastery building from 1327 alone is worth a visit to breathe the peace found within its walls. In addition to the architecture, Pedralbes Monastery hosts various interesting exhibitions and cultural events, such as the lyrical cycle “Les veus del monestir.”

  • Location and How to Get There: 9 Baixada del Monestir Street. Reachable by bus 63 or 78 and the blue tourist bus.
  • Free Admission Times: The first Sunday of each month and every Sunday afternoon.

Monasterio de Pedralbes

Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia

This museum is a window to the past, allowing you to get closer and explore from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Its collections encompass artifacts and exhibitions that narrate Catalonia’s rich history and heritage through its permanent and temporary displays.

  • Location and How to Get There: Situated at Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41, in Montjuïc. Accessible by bus 55.
  • Free Admission Times: Every first Sunday of the month. Additionally, the museum is free for those under 16, unemployed individuals, and certain professionals related to the sector with proper accreditation.

Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona

From geology to botany, this museum’s extensive collection offers visitors a detailed perspective on nature and its evolution over the centuries. Its temporary exhibitions are often highly interactive and educational.

  • Location and How to Get There: Plaza Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5. Metro Stop El Maresme-Fórum is your stop.
  • Free Admission Times: The first Sunday of each month and every Sunday throughout the year after 3:00 PM, as well as certain holidays.

Barcelona History Museum

The MUHBA takes us on a journey through Barcelona from Roman times to the present. Its underground archaeological remains and detailed exhibitions reveal how the city has evolved over time. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the museum frequently organizes temporary shows that you shouldn’t miss if you love history.

  • Location and How to Get There: It has several locations, with the main one being Plaça del Rei. Metro Jaume I.
  • Free Admission Times: The first Sunday of each month and all others after 3:00 PM.

Ethnological Museum and Museum of World Cultures

Dedicated to exploring and celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions of the world, this museum houses an impressive collection of ethnographic artifacts. From African masks to Asian textiles, the Ethnological Museum offers a unique perspective on the world’s cultural diversity.

  • Location and How to Get There: There is one location in Montjuïc Park and another at Carrer de Montcada, 12.
  • Free Admission Times: The first Sunday of the month and every Sunday after 3:00 PM.

Design Museum

The Design Museum stands as a tribute to the art of design in all its forms. From graphic design to fashion and furniture design, the museum explores how design has impacted and is part of our everyday lives. The contemporary building that houses it is itself a masterpiece of architectural design.

  • Location and How to Get There: In Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38. Metro Glòries.
  • Free Admission Times: Every first Sunday of the month and every Sunday after 3:00 PM. The museum has reduced rates and free entry for certain groups.

Museo del Diseño Barcelona

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Located in the former Royal Shipyards, this museum celebrates Barcelona’s rich maritime heritage. Its exhibitions narrate the history of navigation, from ancient galleys to impressive ships. You can explore restored boats and learn all about the city’s relationship with the sea.

  • Location and How to Get There: On Av. de les Drassanes. Metro Drassanes.
  • Free Admission Times: Every Sunday after 3:00 PM.

National Art Museum of Catalonia

This museum, housed in the impressive Palau Nacional on Montjuïc, is a testament to Catalan art from Romanesque to modernism. In its collection, you can admire masterpieces by artists such as Dalí, Gaudí, and many others. Temporary exhibitions complement the extensive permanent collection, offering a complete view of the Catalan artistic panorama.

  • Location and How to Get There: At Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc. Metro Espanya and then the funicular.
  • Free Admission Times: Every Saturday from 3:00 PM and the first Sunday of the month, as well as certain open-door days.

Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Dedicated to the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, this museum houses one of the most extensive collections of his works, especially from his formative years. Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the historic building and winding rooms offer an intimate journey through the life and work of the artist, showcasing his deep connection with Barcelona.

  • Location and How to Get There: On Calle Montcada, 15-23. Metro Jaume I or Liceu.
  • Free Admission Times: Every Thursday from 5:00 PM, the first Sunday of each month, and some holidays.

Explore the Palau de la Música and the Teatro Poliorama

In addition to the wide variety of free museums, Barcelona offers numerous activities that allow you to explore some of the city’s most emblematic buildings at no additional cost. Have you thought about enjoying a good flamenco show in the Catalan capital? Congratulations! We provide all the directions to make the most of the show while expanding your knowledge of Catalan architecture.

Gran Gala Flamenco en el Palau de la Música

  • Palau de la Música Catalana: This stunning modernist building, designed by architect Lluìs Domènech i Montaner, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997 and is also the headquarters of the Orfeó Català. You can experience its interior by purchasing tickets for the Gran Gala Flamenco show and take it a step further with the Palau Experience, which includes a guided tour of the building, a tapa with a drink, and attendance at the company’s rehearsals.
  • Teatro Poliorama: Designed by Josep Domènech i Estapà, this theater has witnessed significant historical events, such as the shootout between members of the POUM and the CNT.

Don’t wait any longer! Buy your tickets now for one of the Gran Gala Flamenco shows and make the perfect ending to your cultural day in Barcelona!



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