On the first Sunday of each month, many of Barcelona’s museums offer free entry. Once we learned this, we knew that our family needed to take advantage of this offer! We decided to see as many museums as we could in a single day. Most of the museums are concentrated around the touristy Gothic District so we took a bus from our Airbnb into that area and then we were able to walk to each museum. We managed to see four of them and by the end of the day were completely exhausted!
We figured that our family of four saved approximately 160 € by taking advantage of Bacelona’s Free Museum Day! There is no way that we would have had the budget to see all of these museums so we are so grateful for the free entries. We have also learned that there are many museums in Barcelona that have free admission every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. We have decided that we will take advantage of this offer as well, seeing one museum on each Sunday that we are in Barcelona.
- Pack a lunch or go to one of the cafes that has ready made sandwiches and pizzas for cheap. Don’t waste time on lunch!
- Take transport! While we have been trying to walk to our destinations if it takes less than an hour, on this day we took the bus. We knew it would be an exhausting day and did not want to waste time or energy.
- Go to the most popular museums first. Free days are VERY popular and many museums will give you an entrance time that can be hours away. Plan accordingly so that you can see the less popular museums while you are waiting for your admission start time.
- See as many museums as you can and save your Euros to travel more!
Barcelona History Museum
The first museum we visited was the Barcelona History Museum and this one turned out to be our favorite! In the heart of the Gothic District, most of this museum is actually underground. It is the site of an archeological dig that has been preserved as a museum and lays underneath the buildings and streets of the area. The site dates back to Roman times and contains the remains of an ancient roman fish and garum factory, a laundry, a fortified city wall, homes and more. Basically, you walk underground on a suspended boardwalk over the ancient ruins. It really was quite amazing!
Museu Frederic Marès
The Museu Frederic Marès is an art and sculpture museum in Barcelona. It contains the collection of thousands of items donated to the city by sculptor Frederic Marès. This was our least favorite museum, (sorry Frederic!) mostly because all of the art was very religious. Looking at hundreds of crucified Jesus statues and sad, tortured paintings was not our cup of tea. (hence no pictures!)
We had to wait in line for over an hour at the Picasso Museum to get our tickets and the tickets had a time slot for three hours later! Not a big deal though, we explored Guell Palace while we waited to see the Picasso Museum. This museum holds hundreds of Picasso’s paintings. Some were very realistic and some were more of what we expect from Picasso with strange shapes and bright colors. It was very interesting to see, mostly because we decided that most of his paintings did not resonate with us. I guess it’s just not our style! We were not permitted to take pictures in the museum but I found this one on the Internet so you can get an idea of the type of paintings on display.
Guell Palace was the home of Antoni Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect who designed whimsical and intricate buildings. We had to wait in line for about 10 minutes for the tickets that gave us an entry time for one hour later. Luckily, there was a grassy area nearby where we were able to rest while we waited, as by this time we were getting tired! The museum here is of Gaudi’s almost empty home but the architecture and details were stunning. My favorite part was the whimsical roof and the views over the city.
Another beautiful day out and about in Barcelona, Spain!