Free Museums Day and Night in Barcelona
Article updated 9 May, 2019.
Many of Barcelona's museums are offering free entry on 18th May 2019! Make the most of the opportunity and enjoy the special activities on offer!
Free Museum Day: 18th May 2019
Free Museum Night: 18th May 2019 from 7pm to 1am
To discover some of Barcelona's many museums for free
If your “museum” budget doesn’t stretch as far as you’d like, or if you’ve always dreamed of exploring some of Barcelona’s many museums at night, you won’t want to miss the Free Museums events held in the city!
Free access to museums in Barcelona: International Museum Day 2019
International Museum Day was established in 1977 to highlight the essential role of museums in the cultural landscape. In previous years, the event has featured over 35,000 museums in over 145 different countries.
In Barcelona, you will be able to visit the permanent exhibitions of the Design Museum for free and the Picasso Museum will also be free, but you need to register in advance and bring the ticket printed. The MNAC will be free and the MACBA too.
- For more choice and a whole host of fun activities to boot, though, Museums Night is hard to beat!
Free entry to museums in Barcelona: Museums Night 2019
Museums Night is a Europe-wide initiative, launched in 2005, with the same aim as Museums Day – encouraging the public to discover the cultural treasures of different cities.
On Saturday 18th May, many of Barcelona’s museums will offer free access from 7pm until 1am. There are also a number of exceptional events, including film screenings, workshops for children and teenagers, guided tours, shows and treasure hunts!
The Picasso Museum celebrates the centenary of Pablo Picasso’s donation of the “Harlequin” artwork to the city of Barcelona. The Harlequin comes alive and leaves the painting to celebrate with the visitors.
Guided tours of the Montjuic castle where you can visit spaces generally closed to the public: the dungeons and the watchtower.
The (non-exhaustive) list of participants in Barcelona includes:
- The Miró Foundation
- Montjuïc castle
- Filmoteca de Catalunya
- The Antoni Tàpies Foundation
- Museu Blau
- The Chocolate Museum
- Barcelona Museum of Modernism
- Barcelona FC Museum
- Barcelona Maritime Museum
- The Picasso Museum (you need to register in advance on the web of the museum, there is a limited number of tickets. It’s compulsory to bring the ticket printed)
- Palau Güell
- Museums Night targets a very broad public. A huge number of museums are involved, and there are activities on offer for all ages!
- See here for a full list of participating museums in Barcelona and the activities on offer.
- Museums Night events are also held in other towns and cities near Barcelona, including Badalona and l’Hospitalet.
- This event is very popular in Barcelona, so be prepared to queue to visit the museums.
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