As a big European city, Barcelona has enough museums to please everybody who visits. With so many tourists making their way to this incredible Catalonian city every year, that’s no mean feet. Barcelona is a huge city to explore and can be confusing with its different regions and areas. Many of its museums are far out of the city centre and can be reached best by taxi. Time it right and you can visit many of these fantastic museums for free.
Probably one of the most eagerly sought out museums in Barcelona is the Museu del FC Barcelona. Almost all city tours will include a trip to the Camp Nou Stadium and a look inside the museum goes hand in hand with a stadium tour. The museum is basically a shrine to Spain’s most famous football team, with all kinds of memorabilia, history and even art on show. The museum sees an incredible amount of fans and interested tourists taking time out to enjoy this experience. The entrance fee includes admission to both the stadium and the museum. This museum is located in Zona Alta (uptown).
Museu Picasso is another very popular museum in Barcelona, which has on show an impressive display of the artist’s work, including painted pottery, line drawings and self portraits. The museum also has information on Picasso’s life and work displayed on the walls as you walk around the museum. The building itself is also quite beautiful. It consists of five inter-connected medieval palaces, with stunning courtyards, and has a real feeling of peace as you amble through. The museum is situated in the centre of town and has free entry on the first Sunday of every month.
The other, most popular museums in Barcelona are The Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya and The Museu d’Art Contemporani & Centre de Cultura Contemporania, both within easy access of each other on the outskirts of the town centre.
The first of these, The Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya is said to house one of the most important medieval art collections in the world. Some of the highlights include The Crucifix of Batllo Majesty, a 12th century wooden carving of Christ on the cross, The Madonna of the Councillors, which was commissioned by Barcelona’s city council in 1443, and well-preserved murals and frescoes. This museum also has free entry on the first Sunday of every month.
The Museu d’Art Contemporani & Centre de Cultura Contemporania offers an altogether different art experience. This stunning modern building gives an enticing idea of what lies inside as you approach. Since it first opened in 1995 this museum has included some of the best in Spanish and international contemporary artists, and also shows some brilliant temporary exhibitions by up and coming modern artists. It hosts video installations, paintings, lectures and film screenings. This museum has free entry on the first Wednesday of every month.
If you want something a little out of the ordinary from the museums in Barcelona, you could try visiting The Museu de la Magia, a museum containing all things connected to magic dating back from the 18th century. There is also the Museu de la Xocolata, a fantastic museum of chocolate with interactive exhibits, tastings and edible models, as well as The Museu de l’Erotica, which, as you might guess, contains anything to do with sex. There are also some quite specific museums in Barcelona, such as The Museu del Perfum, a museum dedicated to perfume bottles through the ages, and The Museu del Calcat, a museum of footwear.
While Barcelona is probably most famous for its art museums, it has many more interesting museums on offer, all of which are well worth a visit and some of which can even be visited for free.