By Regina W. Bryan
Cheap or even free is a great price in an expensive town like Barcelona. There are many museums in eastern Spain’s capital city, some with high entrance fees, such as Casa Batllo, and others with ocassional free admission. Let’s explore the latter.
1. Caixa Forum
Funded by the Catalan bank, La Caixa, the CaixaForum museum offers rotating exhibitions by national and international artists. The last show I attended was the Mucha collection, which was fantastic. CaixaForum is free, open every day of the week, except holidays.
Update May 2013: Sadly, the Caixa Forum has started charging for admission. Read more about that here.
Caixa Forum Barcelona
Open: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Av. Marquès de de Comillas, 6-8
Tel. +34 93 476 86 00
2. Museu D’Història
There are several museums that form part of Barcelona’s history museum route. However, I recommend the Museu D’Historia at Plaça de Rei in the Gothic Quarter of the city. Here admission is €6.00 for adults and €4.00 for those under 25 or over 65. Admission is free on Sunday, after 3 PM.
Plaza del Rey (Plaça de Rei)
3. Museu D’Arqueologia de Catalunya
This archaeology museum will please those intrigued by Barcelona’s Roman past. Set atop the city’s “mountain,” Montjuic, the Museu D’Arqueologia de Catalunya (“MAC”) offers history and a view. Plus, at just €3.00 per person for admission, the price is right.
Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41
Parc de Montjuïc
Final Tips: The “articketBCN,” free Sundays, and Montjuic de Nit
Finally, the best way to save if you love museums and plan to see many of them while in Barcelona is to buy the €20 “articketBCN“. This museum pass allows you to see several museums such as the MNAC, CCCB, MACBA and the Miró Museum within a certain period of time. Usually these larger museums charge about €8.00 for admission, so in the long run you’ll save big. Buy the art ticket at the admission counter of any museum or at the tourist information office at Plaça Catalunya.
Also, many museums in Barcelona are free on Sunday afternoons, so make sure to ask about this at the tourist information center when you visit.
And one more thing! This July 4th, 2009, ALL the museums atop Montjuic are free from 8 PM until 3 AM, for a cultural festival called Montjuic de Nit. Enjoy!
About the author: Regina W. Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: www.regwb.com and www.thespainscoop.com.