Spain is not only a beautiful country but also boasts an impressive amount of free museums and galleries for kids, adults, and families. Below we detail a few of our favorites:
Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013, Spain, Open from 9AM-7PM
While technically not free if you step in to the museum, La Sagrada Familia is truly an impressive sight from the outside which is free! La Sagrada is an impressively intricate, large Roman Catholic Church designed by Antoni Gaudi and although it isn’t complete it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The style of the church is likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism, and the Art Nouveau movement.
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 28014, Spain, Open from 10AM-7PM
This museum houses Spain’s premier art and some of the best work that the country has ever produced. Its art dates back from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,200 drawings. The best known work for the museum is Las Meninas by Velazquez.
Bullfighting Museum, Madrid
Calle de Alcala, 237 28028, Madrid, Spain, Open from 10AM-5PM
Those that have an interest in bullfighting can visit Madrid’s bullfighting museum in the center of Madrid. A visit to the museum is a good way to understand the very Spanish tradition of bullfighting. The museum is part of an impressive bullfighting complex, Plaza de Toros Monumental de las Ventas which is the most important and prestigious bullring in the world.
The Garment Museum, Madrid
Avenida de Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040, Spain, Open from 10AM-2:45PM
This museum houses more than 160,000 pieces of clothing and artifacts by Spanish fashion designers (many are contemporary). The museum has preserved rare pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum also houses an impressive collection of garments from the most important designers of the 20th century. A fun fact is that that museum’s architect, Jaime Lopez de Asiain received the National Prize for Architecture in 1969.
Parc Guell, Barcelona
Carrer d’Olot, 08024, Spain, Open from 8AM-9:30PM
Parc Guell is a public park system comprised of beautiful gardens and architectonic elements located in Carmel Hill. Like La Sagrada Familia, this piece was never finished by Guell but it was originally intended as a residential area for the elite of Barcelona. What exists today is a park with fantastic gingerbread houses and interesting ceramic statues.
Museum of the Americas
Avenida de los Reyes Catolicos, 6, 28040, Spain, Open from 10AM-3PM, Only free on Sundays
Dedicated to the fact that the Spanish discovered the Americas, this museum holds artistic, archaeological, and ethnographic collections from the American continent. The museum is divided into five areas each with various galleries: An Awareness of America, The Reality of America, Society, Religion, and Communication.
Museum of Romanticism
Calle San Mateo, 13, 28004, Spain, Open from 9:30AM-6:30PM
Built in 1924, the Museum of Romanticism is an art museum located in Madrid housed in a late 18th century building. The museum’s exhibit includes items related to the Spanish romantic writer Mariano Jose de Larra.
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