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Museums to Visit during the Summer Months in Barcelona

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Written by Daniella

Barcelona is home to many museums, but some are more ideal to explore in summer, while you enjoy your stay in a tourist apartment in Barcelona. There are historical, famous, even unknown and surprising museums, and visiting them might be best during the summer months.

This article by ShBarcelona will focus on some of the many museums in Barcelona, which allow you to learn facts and, at the same time, have fun in the city.

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Discover interesting museums in Barcelona this summer

We have come up with a list of characteristic and special museums that you can visit in the Catalan capital this summer. We hope you enjoy them!

Museo de la Música

historical music instrument

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This museum is free of charge every Sunday of the year starting at 3 p.m., when the museum is open. You will discover a great quantity of instruments and musical documents, that are of great relevance. You might be surprised, but this is actually one of the most visited museums in the city of Barcelona. The permanent exhibition at this museum offers more than 500 instruments from different years and cultures. It is located in L’Auditori.
Address: Carrer Lepant, 150

Metro: Marina, Glòries (L1) and Monumental (L2)

Museo Frederic Marès

You can enter the museum free of charge on the first Sunday of each month (from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and on Sunday afternoons (from 3 p.m.). The museum is next to the cathedral, and you will be able to observe its main collection of Hispanic sculptures, dating from the twelfth to the nineteenth century. The museum occupies a large part of the Palacio Real Mayor, which was once home to the Counts of Barcelona and the Kings of the Catalan Crown of Aragon during medieval times.
Address: Plaça Sant Iu, 5

Metro: Jaume I (L4) and Liceu (L3)


This museum is free if you are a customer at CaixaBank. CosmoCaixa is a science museum, where you will see both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Among the permanent exhibitions are: Toca toca! (interactive), the Flooded Rainforest and the Geological Wall. If you want to have a fun outing with your children, you should visit this museum as a family.
Address: Carrer d’ Isaac Newton, 26

FGC: Avinguda Tibidabo stop

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Museo de Arqueología de Cataluña

archeological remnants archeology museum barcelona

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You can see many archaeological pieces and documents at the Catalan Museum of Archaeology in Barcelona, and they cover a chronological period from prehistory to the Middle Ages. If you want to understand the history and evolution of our civilization, this museum is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41 Parc de Montjuïc

Metro: España (L1 ), España and Poble Sec (L3 )

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (or MNAC) can be visited for free on Saturdays starting at 3 p.m. and also every first Sunday of the month. The National Art Museum is one of the most famous museums in the city. It is located at Parc de Montjuïc, close to Plaza España. El Palacio Nacional (National Palace) houses this beautiful museum, and it was inaugurated for the 1929 international exhibition. It has many different types of art pieces.

Discover their sculptures, paintings, art object, engravings, drawings, photographs, posters and even numismatics (currency collection). Their Catalan art is from the Romantic period to the middle of the 20th century.
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc (no house number)

Metro: España (L1, L3 and L8) and FGC

Which of these museums will you visit this summer?

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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