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Free museum days in Barcelona

Free entry to some of Barcelona’s best museums

Free museum days in Barcelona; Barcelona is the perfect destination for art and culture fanatics. The city is rich in history and has an abundance of museums to visit, many of which offer free entry on special dates and specific week days and hours.


Visiting a museum can be fairly expensive, which is why Barcelona is encouraging free cultural visits to give all citizens the chance to visit some of its best attractions such as the Picasso Museum, Parc Güell or MACBA.


Without a doubt there will be exhibitions, attractions and museums that you are willing to pay a small fee visit, but why not take advantage of the many free museum days Barcelona has to offer.


Most museums will offer special discounts for children, students, pensioners, families etc. Remember to check each museum for specific details. If you don’t fall into any of the specified categories, you can invest in discount cards. 

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Free museum days in Barcelona

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Free museum days in Barcelona

Always free

Free entrance on Thursday afternoons

Free entrance on Saturday

Free entrance on Sunday after 3pm

Free entrance on the first Sunday of every month

Special free museum days in Barcelona

Santa Eulàlia

The Santa Eulàlia festivities, also known as La Laia, is arguably Barcelona’s biggest Winter celebration.

Sant Jordi

The 23rd of April marks Sant Jordi – the Valentine’s Day of Barcelona. This day celebrates love, books, roses, and the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. The streets are filled with roses and book stalls, and the people come together in processions and activities to make Barcelona an even livelier and joyful city. Read on to learn more about the history and traditions of the day, and what to expect going into this Sant Jordi season. 

International Museum Day

On one evening in May every year, Barcelona’s museums open up their doors to the public free of charge. This night provides a unique way to experience the current permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as the opportunity to participate in various activities such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours.

National Day of Catalonia

The National Day of Catalonia, also known as ‘Diada Nacional de Catalunya‘ or simply ‘La Diada’, is celebrated annually on the 11th September. This is a day where Catalan nationalists will pay their respects to fallen soldiers who died defending the city of Barcelona during the siege of 1714. Demonstrations in support of Catalonia’s independence are common, in addition to festivities where traditional Catalan cuisine, culture, and music are shared.

La Mercè

La Mercè is a huge festival in Barcelona that takes over the city in late September. The purpose of the festival is to honour the patron saint of Barcelona, Mare de Deu de la Mercè, also known as Mother of God of Mercy, or Our Lady of Mercy.


The celebration is made up of many different festivals that all work together to capture the cultural richness of the city of Barcelona.

24H Open House

Art Festivals in Barcelona


Llum is one of the most popular light shows in Europe. Artists from all over come together to find a way to bring art to the Poblenou neighbourhood using light. The whole area lights up in fun and creative ways, working with the already existing architecture and beauty of the area, and it is definitely a sight to see!


This week is all about… you’ve guessed it; books! More than 200 exhibitors will showcase the diversity of Catalan literature. The first Catalan book week took place in 1983 and has now grown into an amazing weeklong event full of activities for both children and adults. This year’s event is held at the Pati Llimona Civic Center


Barcelona Gallery Weekend is dedicated to promoting art collecting and reinforcing the rich and varied artistic fabric of Barcelona. They want to emphasize the value of galleries as culture-generating spaces open to all citizens. During this weekend, the event provides a general program of exhibitions, guided tours, meetings, presentations, performances, and other free activities around contemporary and modern art in the city, open for all to enjoy.


48H Open House Barcelona is a non-profit cultural association that aims to promote architecture and help others understand it as an essential component of culture. They host other events throughout the year as well, such as a seven week program starting in May aimed at reinforcing the link between architecture and citizenship. But their main event is the 48H Open House BCN architecture festival, which is held in October.  


The festival is free, and has expanded into the cities surrounding Barcelona in the past few years. Many cultural products and services in the field of architecture are offered, including fun activities for people of all ages, access to some of the most impressive architecture works in the city, and more. Check out their website for more information on this upcoming festival!

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