With the Barcelona Card you can have discounts on tickets to the most famous monuments in Barcelona, but there are many attractions where you can enter without paying anything else. Have you been to Barcelona before? Discover some new corner of the city, sometimes just turning a corner to discover a different Barcelona. Are you traveling with your family? In all the museums listed, access is free for children under 15!
Museu d'Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA)
The Museu d'Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) is housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona, in the Plaça del Rei complex: this would be enough for a visit, but to distinguish it from other museums of the kind is what is underground: in fact they can visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient Roman Barcino, for a total area of over 4.000 square meters: a real journey into the past! The ticket also includes access to the nearby branch office of El Call, which traces the history of the Jews within the Barri Gòtic ghetto.
Recommended to: all history buffs, and for families. Timetables and detailed information are available on this page.
Il Pedralbes Monastery it is one of the jewels of Catalan Gothic architecture: it was built in the 1983th century, and inhabited by the Poor Clares until XNUMX. It is a very large complex, in fact it houses the largest Gothic cloister in Europe.
The visit is enriched by the church, the collection of the monastery's treasure, a permanent exhibition of everyday objects of the nuns and some temporary exhibitions. Do not miss the Chapel of San Miguel, rediscovered by chance in 1870.
Recommended to: all lovers of silence, perhaps eager for a break from the crowds in the center. Here detailed information including how to get to the Monastery of Pedralbes.
The exhibitions of CaixaForum are very famous in the city, especially those of photography: the building, obtained from a former modernist-style textile factory, deserves to be seen. Its strategic location also makes it easily accessible, especially if included with a visit to the nearby MNAC.
Recommended to: if you like photography you will be satisfied twice, first with the exhibitions inside, and then with the wonderful scenery of the Font Màgica just a few meters away. Read all useful information.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Il Barcelona's largest museum is the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), at the foot of the Montjuïc and a short walk from Plaça de Espanya.
The museum collection collects the best of Barcelona's classical and modern art, ranging from Catalan Gothic mural painting to furniture designed by Gaudí for Casa Batlló.
The photographic collection is also noteworthy. In addition to free access the Barcelona Card allows skip-the-line entry, ensuring you get in quickly.
Recommended to: those who have little time and want to see a bit of everything without moving from one place to another in the city.
Fundació Joan Miró
One of the most famous contemporary artists of recent years, the Miró's presence in Barcelona is visible in various places in the city, so much so that it has become one of its symbols.
The Miró foundation building itself, on Montjuïc, was built following the artist's directions, and it shows. The museum is a space dedicated to light and color, it will not leave you indifferent.
Recommended to: Miró leaves no middle ground, either you love it or you hate it, however its foundation offers you all the tools to understand the work of this artist so out of the ordinary.
An advice? Bring the children, they will have fun! All useful information is on this page.
CosmoCaixa is one of the two science museums in Barcelona - the other is the Museu Blau. For me it is one of the funniest museums in the city, where you can spend a few light hours with the family, plus it can easily be combined with a visit to the nearby Monastery of Pedralbes.
Recommended to: certainly families, especially if you have children of different ages, and if you want to understand more about natural sciences then a visit to the museum will do wonders. To get to CosmoCaixa follow these directions.
Museum of Music
Located near Plaça de Glòries, the Music Museum it collects musical instruments from every age and origin, with some very well done thematic paths, able to explain the evolution of music from prehistoric times to today.
The surrounding area is full of things to see, then if you want to walk a bit, a 20 minute walk can take you directly to the Sagrada Familia.
Recommended to: another place to take the children, if you then strum or are real musicians then you will be delighted by the instruments of the collection, especially if you take a trip to the rehearsal room.
To find out the times and address you can read the article, with the Museum's timetable and address
Museum of Design
Recently opened, the Museum of Design looks at all the arts applied to production.
The collection is so vast, and the issues addressed so many, that it is difficult not to find within it a path that does not arouse interest: fashion, ceramics, graphic design.
To complete the visit there are several high-level temporary exhibitions, able to dissect a single aspect. If you are nearby, don't forget to visit the Mercat dels Encants, and the Parco del Clot.
Recommended to: those who want to find out what's behind an everyday object, and those who seek inspiration for their work. On this page all the info on how to get there.
Huge green space located on Montjuïc, the Barcelona Botanical Garden boasts an area of 14 hectares divided into climatic areas.
If you are doing the tour of Montjuïc it is worth entering for a walk and enjoying a few moments of silence among the many paths available.
Recommended to: those looking for a few moments of peace, and those who want to enjoy the enviable panorama.
Here you will find timetables and how to get there: take the funicular over the port, è included in the Barcelona Card!
One of the most curious museums in Barcelona, the Chocolate Museum offers an interesting educational path on the history of cocoa processing, to then see - and taste - its practical applications: a section of the museum deals with the reproduction of monuments of Barcelona with chocolate!
Even if you have little time, it is worthwhile to quickly jump in: the entrance ticket is nothing more than a bar of chocolate!
Recommended to: who doesn't like chocolate? Useful information on the Chocolate Museum.
Other free attractions
That's not all. Here is a list of other attractions where you can enter for free by showing the Barcelona Card. By following each link you can see where it is, the detailed program and the times:
- MACBA: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the most important in the city. It is located in the beautiful setting of Plaça dels Ángels, in the Raval.
- CCCB: city cultural reference point, offers a huge number of exhibitions dedicated to art and culture. It is located in front of the MACBA.
- Born Cultural Center: housed in the old Born market, it displays the remains of the eighteenth-century city, brought to light during the renovation of the market.
- Museum of World Cultures: ethnological museum located in the street of museums of Carrer Montcada, with exhibits from all over the world, to explain human evolution through its arts.
- Museu Frederic Marès: located a stone's throw from the Cathedral, it deals with sculpture, as well as some - certainly curious - nineteenth-century collections.
- Museu Blau: a child-friendly natural science museum in the forum area, it allows children - and others - to find out more about the world around us.
- Museu del Modernisme: dedicated to art during the modernist period, it houses an important collection of objects related to the period, including some of the furniture designed by Gaudí for his works.
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies: dedicated to contemporary art and the work of Tapiès, it is located in the Eixample, shortly after Casa Batlló, in one of the strangest buildings in the whole city.
- Collserola Tower: this very high tower, 115 meters high, offers an absolutely breathtaking view over the whole of Barcelona. Not to be missed.
In essence, you can use the Barcelona Card to discover new corners of the city, without spending anything more! Remember that with the Barcelona Card transport is free. If you buy the Barcelona Card online, you can also get an additional 10% discount on its cost.