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Top free museums in Barcelona

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, a source of inspiration for renowned artists who have left here a vast legacy of art. Those who like modernism will undoubtedly love Barcelona! With so many options, we have created a list for tourists with a smaller budget, discover the best free museums in Barcelona!

National Museum of Art of Catalunya (MNAC)

Located in the imposing Montjuic Palace, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia provides us one of the most breathtaking sceneries of the city of Barcelona. This museum stands out mainly for its unmistakable collection of Romanesque art, considered the most complete in the world. With a vast diversity of works of this nature ranging from paintings to sculptures from the X-century to the XIII. Those are works extracted from their original without compromising their natural state in order to avoid the sale outside of Spain. The Gothic style in the MNAC owns a room with many works of sacred art. In the section devoted to the Renaissance and the Baroque, we highlight the works of the artists: Bartolomé Bermejo, José de Ribera, and Velásquez. The collection became even more complete with the works of Francesc Cambó, a loan from the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. The modernism, architectural and decorative style that was adopted by the bourgeois which is related to the economic splendor of Catalonia. The museum has works by artists from all over Europe, especially Picasso, Velázquez, Miró, and Dalí. We can also find furniture and decorative objects designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Free entrance on Saturdays from 3:00 PM and the first Sundays of the month.

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Picasso Museum

Dedicated to the biggest fans of the artist born in Malaga! More than 3500 works of Pablo Picasso are available, being, therefore, the museum that houses the greatest collection of the artist. The museum tells the story of the intimate relationship between Picasso and Barcelona that lasted until his last breath. You can find the building in the well-known El Born district, witness of a glorious past. A museum that houses five Catalan Gothic-style palaces, all connected and with a chronological order of the works of Picasso. A mandatory visit!

You can always guarantee your seat in Picasso Museum since on free admission days is overcrowded.

Free admission every Thursday from 6 PM to 9:30 PM, on the first Sunday of each month from 9 AM to 9:30 PM and on the 18th of May and 24th of September. 

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Barcelona History Museum (MUHBA)

It's in this building that you will discover all about the history of Barcelona. There are those who find it by walking along the lively streets of the Gothic Quarter, on the steps of Plaça del Rey. Observe Medieval buildings and the most interesting excavations that host the history of Barcelona. After touring in the modern city, visiting this museum will make you feel traveling through time, more precisely returning to the Year 12 B.C.

Free access on the first Sundays of the month and the remaining Sundays from 3 PM.

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Centre d’Art Santa Mònica

Located in a Renaissance convent, this museum offers free exhibitions of contemporary Spanish and international artists. Here is a perfect harmony between the past and the present. It has received more than 150 exhibitions and thousands of conferences, space where creativity has no end. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this contemporary art space during your tour in the Ramblas.

Free admission every day.

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Blau Museum – Museum of Natural Sciences

A two floors building with a peculiar shape of a triangle is considered a landmark of local architecture. This is a space dedicated to the natural sciences that offer a permanent exhibition on the History of life and planet Earth. You can find here more than 4500 pieces, among which are dissected animals, fossils, plants, rocks, and minerals. An interactive character museum that promises to entertain adults and children!

Free entry on the first Sundays of the month and the remaining Sundays from 3 PM.

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