What's great is that most museums in Barcelona are free on the first Sunday of the month. This makes going to a museum one of the best free things to do in Barcelona.
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1. Picasso Museum
At the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, you can find one of the greatest collections of Picasso artworks in the world, with more than 4000 works on display here. The museum is the only museum dedicated to Picasso that was founded during the lifetime of Picasso. Highlights of the collection include "Man in a Beret", "Science and Charity", and "The Embrace". If you're interested in Picasso, then this is one of the best museums in Barcelona for you!
2. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art houses around 5000 works of contemporary art from the period from around 1940 to the present. Even though many of the artworks in the permanent collection were created by Spanish artists, which is the focus of the museum, some are also made by international artists. Furthermore, there are many temporary exhibitions focused on a certain theme.
3. National Art Museum of Catalonia
One of the largest museums in Spain, the National Art Museum of Catalonia houses a great collection of several artworks. You can find a lot of Romanesque mural paintings here, in fact, it has the largest collection of this in the world. Furthermore, you can find art by Catalan Modernism artists, such as Gaudí, Gothic art, Reinaissance and Baroque paintings, and many photography.
4. Casa Milà
The Casa Milà is a famous building in Barcelona that was designed by the famous architect Gaudí, built at the beginning of the 20th century. The building is great to visit to get a good impression of Gaudí's architectural style. Everything was designed by Gaudí, including the patio, the courtyards, the facade, and the roof.
5. Museum of the History of Barcelona
Want to learn how the city of Barcelona came to be? Then you should go to the Museum of the History of Barcelona. Here you can find artifacts from the founding of the city during the Roman period up till the present. The museum is spread over several historical sites in the city, of which many are real archaeological sites displaying remains of the city during the Roman times, with some specifically focusing on other parts of history.