Looking for a cool way to see the best art museums in Barcelona on the cheap?
Grab yourself the Barcelona museum pass that gets you into six art museums for the price of a paella – Articket BCN.
- Entrance to six top Barcelona art museums in one pass
- You save 45% off normal admission prices
- It’s valid for 12 months
- You skip the lines VIP-style so never have to wait
- You get access to both permanent and temporary exhibitions
- Accompanying children under 16 go free
- You get a cool replica passport souvenir
Yes, there’s no better way to see Barcelona’s six best art museums and you’ll save a ton of money in the process. ArticketBCN offers access to the best six city museums for just €30.
The must-see Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and Picasso Museum Barcelona themselves cost €24 put together – so what’s another €6? What you’re gonna see is priceless 😉
What Museums Do I Get With ArticketBCN?
Picasso Museum Barcelona
The most extensive Picasso collection under any one roof: 4355 works of art in the permanent collection. The museum houses rich, impressive pieces mostly of his earliest work. With ArticketBCN you’ll skip the exhausting queues – with over 1,000,000 visitors a year this’ll be a life saver!
Hours: Tue-Sun 9 AM-7 PM, Thurs until 9 PM, Mon CLOSED.
TIP: If you’re not familiar with Picasso make sure you get the incredibly well done, if slightly pricey audio set (€5) – you’ll be an expert in no time!
MACBA (the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art)
Referred to by some as Barcelona’s Tate Modern or Centre Pompidou, this famous museum was built by architect Richard Meier.
You’ll find a complex vision of contemporary culture, in which today’s art becomes a key element for understanding current social, economical and political dynamics – and free wifi!
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-7:30 PM, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun and holidays 10 AM-3 PM, Tues CLOSED.
TIP: Here photography is not prohibited, but actively encouraged!
Joan Miro Foundation
Area: Montjuïc | Parc de Montjuïc | Bus: 55 and 150 (Parc de Montjuïc) | Website
Hosting the best collection of internationally acclaimed surrealist painter and sculptor Joan Mirò. His contempt for conventional painting methods is seen in his many paintings, sculptures and other graphics.
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 AM-8 PM, Thurs 10 AM-9 PM, Sun and holidays 10 AM-2:30 PM, Mon CLOSED.
TIP: Haters of steep walks/buses may prefer a 3-4 euro taxi up Montjuic Hill from Espanya. Flag it outside the station on Paral-lel Street for the shortest ride.
TIP 2: If you’re walking grab some food at Las Arenas shopping centre, stop half way up the hill, and have a picnic overlooking Barcelona.
CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture)
Not so much art but an exhibition space for contemporary culture. Here you can find experimentation with artistic languages and codes; a meeting place for dialogue between academia and citizens.
Some exhibitions have been called everything from inspiring to disturbing… they once had a wall of robot heads who followed you with their eyes!
Hours: Tues-Sun 11 AM-8 PM, non-holiday Mondays CLOSED.
TIP: The public study room houses an impressive collections of books in multiple languages and has free wifi – a great place where I hang out pretending to be an intellectual while blogging about cheap Barcelona bars 😉
MNAC (Catalonian National Art Museum)
Area: Sants | Palau Nacional | Metro: Espanya (L1 or L3) | Website
A trip through the last 1,000 years of Catalan history through the visual arts noted for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings and Catalan modernisme. The rooftop offers a stunning panoramic view of Barcelona.
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 AM- 7PM, Sun 10 AM-2:30 PM, non-holiday Mondays CLOSED.
TIP: Make sure you grab the English leaflet at the entrance
TIP 2: In case you don’t see it all, your ArticketBCN is valid for two(!) visits to the MNAC.
TIP 3: Head to MNAC a bit later in the evening to catch the spectacular Fountain Show right after.
Antoni Tapies Foundation
This is the center for modern art created by revered Catalan artist Antoni Tapies. Here you’ll find abstract thinking art hung in large impressive spaces.
Works by Miro and Picasso have ended up here as well. Many tourists end up liking this more than the Picasso Museum. Go and find out for yourself!
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-7 PM, Mondays CLOSED.
TIP: Do sit through the entire short film on Tapies’ life – it has moved many to tears!
Where to Buy ArticketBCN
You can buy it in about two minutes from the official Barcelona Tourism Office website.
Click the button below to be transported there:
For security, convenience, and speed this is the best way to get your Articket BCN.
All you have do to is print out the voucher and redeem it for your museum pass (the super-cool passport) at the entrance of any of the six museums.
All that’s left to do after that? Enjoy the best art museums in Barcelona.
What About You?
Was ArticketBCN good value? What was your favourite museum along the way? Let me know in the comments below.