Museums To Visit Free on Sundays In Barcelona
Barcelona is a magical city with all sorts of hidden surprises around every corner. But is can be pricey to explore everything you really want to. There is one really easy way to save a few pennies and get your fill of art and culture and that is to visit the museums in the city on the first Sunday of the month when entrance is completely free.
Tucked away in the labyrinth of streets that is the Gothic Quarter is the Picasso Museum. This has got to be on your tick list if you are visiting Barcelona even if you are not a fan of art. To see the work one of Spain’s greatest artists is truly memorable. The museum gives a real sense of the love Picasso had for Barcelona, which he considered his true home. You can get in for free on Sundays from 3pm as well.
Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya
The beautiful Palau National houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Their motto is ‘One museum, a thousand years of art’ and the place is literally stuffed with amazing pieces. Highlights are the particularly good collection of Romanesque church paintings and Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries. As well as free first Sundays you can get in for nothing on Saturdays after 3pm.
Monestir de Pedralbes
To get a fascinating glimpse of medieval monastic life, visit the Monestir de Pedralbes on the northern outskirts of the city. A perfectly preserved patch of history the Gothic building is almost 700 years old and has only been open to the public for the last 20 or so years. With cool cloisters and stunning vaulted ceilings it is possible to understand how the nuns here felt closer to their God. It is the perfect place to cool off in the midday heat.
Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre (CCCB)
A relatively new member of the cultural group in Barcelona only having been opened in 1994, but they are packing in everything from art exhibitions and cinema to music and theatre to lectures and debates and loads in between. So whenever you visit there will be something interesting to see.
The mix of exotic scents and startlingly beautiful flower displays are well worth a look at the Botanical Gardens. Not far from the harbour you may find a sea breeze welcome as there is not much shade, so probably a good idea to visit later on in the day. This is a good place to go if you are looking for a relaxed wander away from the crowds of the city. You can get in for free on Sundays from 3pm.
Museu de la Música
A little way out of the main city centre and so just a little off the well-travelled tourist route is the Museu de la Música. The highlight is their amazing collection of guitars all beautifully preserved and held like precious gems in plush cases. There is even a room where you can have a go at playing some different instruments. This is another great place to spend a couple of hours out of the heat.