International Museum Day in Barcelona

Like every 18 May, the Catalan capital joins various cities in the world to celebrate the International Museum Day in Barcelona. Or it’s better to “night”. Night? Why is that?

Well, various museums and cultural spaces a free to access to public in the centre of Barcelona and other districts around. The visits will start at 7.00PM and last until 1.00AM and make an ideal event to attend with family and friends.

As there are more than 80 spaces open for the event, we’ve made a selection of 5 places you should visit on that day with details of the visit. We hope you’ll be able to do as much as possible!




International Museum Day in Barcelona

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Four exhibitions will be presented to the visitors as part of the International Museum Day in Barcelona. And to make sure visitors of all ages enjoy them the museum will organise a 45-minute tour guide led by staff from 7.00 PM.

The art of the theatre will be in the spotlight too from 7.00 to 10.00 PM. Presented in the form of a workshop, the participants could create their own characters based on the work of Ibsen, Peer Gynt with different types of materials.

If you’re a fan of short films, there’ll be a presentation of the best animations of the Animayo at 7.30 PM.

Last but not least, three sessions of jazz music at 8.00, 9.00 and 10.00 PM will animate the night.



Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona





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On top of the night programme, the museum will propose a free entrance to all the exhibitions and activities. It will start from 10.00 AM and last until 1.00 AM. Find the programme here.

For those only attending the night event, don’t worry. There’ll be plenty more things to do.

The access to the exhibitions will still be possible. From 6.00 to 9.00, you could join a guided visit of all of them.

During four hours from 7.00 PM, Christian Marclay will perform his works Zoom Zoom and Manga Scroll in a musical show with the support of Shelley Hirsch.

The presentation of the feminist project “Autoeditoras: hacemos femzines” uniting female editors from the Spanish-speaking world will start at 8.00 PM.



Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona



Botanic garden


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For make the most of the activities, the garden recommends you to bring lights or frontal lanterns. Intriguing, isn’t it?

Bring you family to enjoy a guided visit led by real connoisseurs about Mediterranean vegetations from around the world. From 9.00 PM to 12.00PM, you’ll be embarked around the garden with a musical accompaniment. You will be also able to observe the full moon with astronomical gears.



Carrer Doctor i Font Quer, s/n, 08038 Barcelona


Park Güell guard’s house


International Museum Day in Barcelona

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Compared to other Gaudi’s buildings, this house is probably the most modest one. The visit will insist on the link between Gaudi and Güell as well as with the city of Barcelona.

The first visit is from 7.00 to 9.00 PM and will be an exploration of the park for one hour. You’ll get explanation about the construction process and the link between the park and the city.

From 10.00 PM, there’ll be a 45-minute visit of the house. And from 10.00 PM until 1.00 AM, visitors could walk freely around the park which will be lightened.



Carrer d’Olot, 08024 Barcelona


The hearses collection Museum


International Museum Day in Barcelona


The last option may seem a bit odd yet very original. We’re open-minded people and we think that there’s something for everyone. So here is the deal!

Advertised as “a unique heritage in Europe” by the museum, we strongly believe they tell the truth.

From 8.00 to 11.00PM, you will take part into a visit of the whole for 1 hour. Every detail will be explained to you and they’ll show you the link between the evolution of Barcelona and what it means for the society of the time.

On top of that, you could participate in a workshop in which you will design your own plate and be involved in building a cemetery.




Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port, 56, 08038 Barcelona



For a better orientation, you can download the programme International Museum Day in Barcelona (in Catalan) here or see the map below:


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