Part of the beautiful interior of the Picasso Museum

If you’re looking to visit the fantastic city of Barcelona, then I’m sure that check out some of Picasso’s work. With so many things you’ll have to pay for while your here, from meals, to entrance fee’s for its many attractions, you might be surprised to here that you can actually visit the Picasso Museum in Barcelona for free. Read on to find out how you can get in without paying a cent, helping you to stretch your cash a little further.

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My husband Zac and I had been having a wonderful day perusing the streets of Barcelona. I was particularly loving the part of the city called the Gothic Quarter due to its medieval streets, and narrow alleyways. My top bucket list item for the day was finding the Picasso Museum. However, with only a basic map from our lonely planet pocket guide (buy your copy here), we were struggling to navigate the intricate streets. Finally after as hour or so, we finally arrived at the Picasso Museum (MUSEO PICASSO). I first learned about this fantastic artist more than 25-years ago during my high school art class, and I always thought his work was brilliant, so to finally see some of his work in the flesh was really exciting.  

Part of the ground floor of the museum
One of the sumptuous rooms


The queue to enter was ridiculously long, snaking up the entire laneway. I guess that’s what we get for choosing to go after 3 PM on a Sunday, as every man and his dog had turned up to take advantage of the free entry. Yep that’s right! Every Thursday evening between 6 PM to 9.30 PM as well as the first Sunday of every month from 3 PM onwards  is free entry. It’s worth noting that the museum is closed on Mondays, just in case you’re only planning a short trip.  

I found this small photograph of Picasso on the ground level before heading up to see his works, I thought he definitely deserved more of a intro than a tiny photograph!

Picasso’s collection is housed across five large townhouses. I’ve always thought he was ahead of his time in many ways, and it’s interesting to me that I even like some of his later paintings, considering modern or contemporary art is really not my thing. Overall, I think it’s the rebel in him that speaks to me more than anything else. Despite being able to paint very well, he chose to change to a cubist style rather than conform with the masses, which allowed him to branch out and try new ideas. Some of my favourite paintings from this era include The Weeping Women (1937), Le Reve (1932), and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). From his earlier non-cubist work, I really like his blue period, especially The Old Guitarist (1904).

Some of the beautiful stonework found in the courtyard inside the museum

However, just as we arrived at the very popular Cubist section, fate stepped in to try and ruin my day! Earlier that day, we’d were walking around the fountains at Plaza De Cataluña, where I encountered a women wearing the same dress as me! While admiring some awesome works, the “same-dress-women” from the Plaza strolled in right behind me! It blew my mind how oblivious she was. It was bad enough that I had to have her stand near me, making us both look ridiculous, but now, being in the Picasso museum, the confined space left me with nowhere to hide. Every time I walked into a new room, “same-dress-lady” was behind me! So I ended up skipping several rooms ahead and doubled back after I saw her leave. Cringe! Despite the embarrassment, I still found this museum a definite highlight of our trip.

The infamous dress!

Thanks for reading my blog post today on visiting the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Despite not being able to take any photos inside of his amazing work, I hope I’ve convinced you to add this amazing museum to your itinerary. I’ve admired Picasso since starting high school when I first learned about him in art class, so I was super happy to be able to see his work in person. The area in which the museum is located is in the beautiful Gothic Quarter, which happens to be my favourite part of the city, if you would like to learn more about this wonderful area, check out my post: WHY YOU CAN’T MISS WANDERING THROUGH THE HISTORIC GOTHIC QUARTER IN BARCELONA, SPAIN!  

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    1. Me too! Especially the smaller community ones where you can really get to know the towns. This one of great though, and don’t worry the queue is so worth it 🙂

    1. Awesome! I’m so glad to hear this. It’s a great museum in a wonderful building, in possibly one of the best areas in Barcelona, the Gothic District! Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. Love this! Barcelona’s been on my bucket list for a while now and I’d love to visit this museum someday. It sounds like an amazing experience – although the same dress lady part sounds embarrassing, haha! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the old feel to the museum; the stone walls and floors and empty rooms make for a fascinating atmosphere and even the one picture has a lot of emotion behind it!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. I know I completely agree 🙂 sometimes your surroundings can really enhance the experience. I do love wandering around old places filled with history. I appreciate you commenting 🙂

  3. Wow this looks beautiful. Picasso Has always been one of my favourite artists, ever since I was a kid! I love Barcelona and I’m desperate to go back so this will be on my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing Xo

    Elle –

    1. That’s awesome Elle. Me too I’ve admired him for years. I hope you do get to go back one day. I’d love to take my Mum as I’ve told her so much about it that she always says that one day we’ll go 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

    1. It is! It’s in the Gothic Quarter so it’s full of beautiful buildings like this. I agree, he should have a whopping, great big image 🙂 My museum would look like a castle and the interior would be the John Rylands Library on Deansgate 😀 Thanks so much for reading.

  4. There must be a lot of people who want to go visit it as well. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will consider it when I visit Barcelona soon.

    1. It’s my pleasure Fransic. It’s a great museum in a wonderful city. I hope you get to go and experience it for yourself. Look out for my city guide coming later this year.

    1. My pleasure! I’m so glad your son has started learning about Picasso at school. That’s where I discovered my love for him too. Barcelona really is a great trip for a family. I hope you get to go you’ll have a blast. Keep a lookout for my Barcelona Guide coming up later this year 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  5. I like learning and visiting different museums and experiencing other places. I have never been to Barcelona but this looks like a great activity especially it being free. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

  6. Sounds amazing, I was aware that his Collection was over five buildings. What an amazing opportunity to have seen his work is close up as you did. I’m sure it was worth the waiting in the queue. I really have to up my game when it comes to visiting museums and galleries as it’s always something I’ve wanted to do but one of those things that I just don’t quite get round to, that has to change. Thank you for sharing such an interesting and motivating blog post.

    1. Yes, it’s a great building and really doesn’t detract from the awesome pieces on display 🙂 I think visiting galleries and museums in different places really enhances your time here. Hope you get to see it one day. Thanks so much for commenting.

  7. Thank you for sharing such a lovely experience, I didn’t realise that his collection was across five buildings. So interesting, I keep saying that I want to visit more museums and galleries however sadly and never quite get round to it. This is something that has to change because like you I really do enjoy art and have done so since secondary school. Thank you for sharing such an interesting and motivating blog post.

  8. I didn’t know there was a Picasso Museum in Barcelona but that’s nice they have free days. I would like to visit it one day.

  9. I adore going to museums! If I ever go back to Barcelona I have to go visit this Picasso museums, it sounds and looks really good. Sounds like you had a great experience and well worth the wait to get in. Thank you for sharing with us. And ps, the dress looks lovely, I’m sure you wore the hell out of it, even if someone else had the same one.

    1. Me too! They are probably some of the first things I’ll seek out when I head to a new city 🙂 It’s defo worth the wait. I agree I defo wore it better LOL!

  10. This sounds like a fantastic place to visit, and when I do go, I’ll make sure I’m wearing an unusual outfit, one which Picasso would be proud of.

    1. Ha ha brilliant! Just make sure your outfit isn’t from Primark as everyone else will have the same idea 🙂 It really is a great place to visit. I hope you get to see if one day. Thanks for reading.

  11. Barcelona has been on my bucket list for ages lol. I have heard so much about Picasso. I didn’t know that there was a Picasso museum in Barcelona. Wearing the same dress as someone there must have been crappy lol. You do look great in the dress tho. Thank you for sharing x

    1. Yes, there’s a great one in the city as he used to live here 🙂 If you like Picasso, you’ll love his work as he also has some ‘normal’ pieces too. Yeah, the same dress lady incident was so embarrassing and I’ve learned my lesson now, not to buy the cheap mass-produced clothes and wear them in a big city with lots of tourists LOL! 🙂 Thanks for reading as always love 🙂 xoxo

      1. I’m so glad you were able to see the Picasso Museum and get an up close look at his works! We were in Barcelona, but only had a few days. We did walk around the Gothic Quarter and toured some churches. Our main goal was to tour the La Sagrada Familia, which was beyond amazing!

  12. I missed this when I was in Barcelona! But I definitely want to go back there some day so thanks for sharing your tips on how to visit it for free 🙂

  13. I love Barcelona and we’ve been a few times now, although not made it to the Picasso museum – great tip about the free entry though, thank you! Like you, I love the Gothic Quarter, and also Las Ramblas, which is always full of amazing street artists. No less impressive is the graffiti artwork on some of the buildings – truly a city of culture, I’d love to go back 🙂

    1. Me too it’s a wonderful city, isn’t it? It’s a great money saver to see such an amazing museum. I totally agree that the Gothic Quarter is beautiful with historic streets and a great place to explore 🙂

  14. Hey, that’s a super useful tip. I mean who wouldn’t like to check out the museum for free. Museums take us into a whole new era.

  15. This is such a fantastic post. I am all for the tips on how to save money travelling and this is just excellent. I cannot wait to visit this museum now. Really appreciate your tips.

    1. My pleasure Becca. It’s totally worth adding to your bucket list! Please look out for my guide coming in a few weeks on how to spend 24 hours in Barcelona. Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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