May 18th marks International Museum Day when museums around the world open their doors to the public for and grant free access for all. So if you’re going to be in Barcelona on this date, take full advantage and visit as many museums as you can! We wish you a wonderful stay in our familial aparthotel in Barcelona!

There are loads of exciting museums in Barcelona. Image via Flickr, Keith Miller, CC 2.0

From beautiful art galleries brimming with famous masterpieces to science museums which teach everything you need to know about the world around you in a fun and interactive way, Barcelona is home to so many diverse museums that there’s something for everyone.

To celebrate International Museum Day, here are our picks for the very best museums in Barcelona:

Two colourful sculptures at the Fundació Joan Miró. Image via Flickr, jaime.silva, CC 2.0

Fundació Joan Miró

Home to over 225 amazing paintings, 150 magnificent sculptures, 5,000 incredible drawings and all of Miro’s impressive graphic work, the Fundació Joan Miró is the perfect place to learn everything there is to know about the famous artist. Half the museum is dedicated to the permanent collection showcasing Miró’s signature use of primary colours paired with organic images symbolising women, the stars, the moon and birds. Here you can also admire his various artistic styles, from cubism and naïve to surrealism and his final period on political themes.

Address: Parc de Montjuïc, 08038

There’s a real jungle planted at the CosmoCaixa Barcelona. Image via Flickr, Jose Mesa, CC 2.0

CosmoCaixa Barcelona

A family-friendly interactive science museum, CosmoCaixa Barcelona invites adults and children to learn about the world around them through plenty of hands-on exhibits. The subject range at this natural science museum is huge, highlighting everything from ancient human displays, indoor rainforests and manual workshops to recreations of sand storms, physics experiments and a planetarium.

Address: Carrer d’Isaac Newton, 26, 08022

An excavated staircase and doorway at the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona. Image via Flickr, Kansas Sebastian, CC 2.0

Museu d’Historia de Barcelona

This spectacular history museum guides you centuries into the city’s past, right back to the original foundations of Roman Barcino. The journey through time is possible thanks to excavations that took place almost 100 years ago, revealing the ancient city below. Here you can walk along ruined old streets, through sewer tunnels, amongst wine and fish factories, past once lavish villas and over immense courtyards, some of which date back as early as 10 BC.

Address: Plaça del Rei, 08002

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is set inside a wonderful historic building. Image via Flickr, Albert Torelló, CC 2.0

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

The National Art Museum of Catalonia looks back thousands of years into the history of Catalan art, all the way from the present day back to the 10th century. The permanent collection is divided into: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art, plus a host of additional pieces from the Catalan Numismatic Department. For many, the highlight is the Romanesque collection, with 21 beautiful murals laid out in chronological order, some of which feature the original graffiti-style scratching of monks.

Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038

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