Barcelona’s free museums – what should you do?



Barcelona’s free museums. Think IKEA on Saturday afternoon. Think IKEA on Saturday afternoon when it’s free. Lines & crowds. I’m looking at you, Picasso Museum.

On the first Sunday of the month, a lot of municipal museums are free to the public.

This is great if you live here, but maybe a waste of your time if you’re here for a few days. Keep in mind that the Picasso museum is crowded year-round.

I think you should avoid these museums on the first Sunday if you are a tourist on a short visit:

Picasso Museum
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (the modern art museum)
Museo Marítim de Barcelona
National Art Museum of Catalunya
El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
Barcelona City History Museum
(there are more but these are the best known)

Museums that are probably not crowded on these days:

I would try the Joan Miro museum halfway up Monjuic. It’s special and intimate and very Barcelona-ish. It’s the most undervalued museum in Barcelona!
Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc

Also the Caixa Forum is located between Plaza España and Montjuic:
Caixa Forum Barcelona
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8

Finally, there is Cosmo Caixa which is set up for kids. You’ll need a taxi to get there:
Cosmo Caixa 
Carrer d’Isaac Newton, 26

The best museum in Barcelona is taking a walk and looking up. Check out the local buildings.

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