Visit 10 Museums for Free Across Spain

prado_museum_madridWith a higher sales tax rate also applied to cultural activities, it makes sense to check out which days you can visit some of Spain’s top museums for free. In our guide we’ve chosen 10 popular places so you can plan your visit and avoid paying – great for family trips!

Prado (Madrid)

Without a doubt the jewel in the crown of Spain’s museums. To visit for free you can choose between any afternoon Monday to Saturday from 18h to 20h or on Sundays from 17h to 20h.

Reina Sofia (Madrid)

This museum houses 20th century and contemporary art with works from Picasso, Dalí and Miró amongst others. It’s free to visit on Saturdays from 14:40h to 21h and Sundays from 10h to 14:30.

Thyssen Bornemisza (Madrid)

Over 700 works by old and new masters, the museum is free to visit on Mondays from 12 to 16h. This initiative has been sponsored by Master Card (and may end at any time – check before visiting), otherwise the normal ticket costs 9€.

Guggenheim (Bilbao)

Free entry any day for the unemployed via the Erdu programme.

Altamira (Santillana del Mar)

Prehistoric art from 15,000 years ago, although the actual cave has been closed to the public since 2002. Free entry is available on Saturdays afternoons from 14:00 and all day Sundays.

Prehistory (Valencia)

See archeological pieces from the Paleolithic period to the Visigoths with free entry every day of the week.

El Greco (Toledo)

This is the only museum in Spain dedicated to the artist Domenikos Theotokopooulos from Crete known as El Greco. You can visit for free on Saturday afternoons after 16:00 and all day Sunday.

Santa Cruz de Toledo

Archeological remains, art and decorative arts, including paintings by El Greco. Free every day.

Picasso (Barcelona)

With over 3500 works by Picasso this museum is well worth a visit. It’s free on Sundays from 15:00 onwards and all day the first Sunday of every month.

Aviation (Madrid)

See over 150 models of planes and helicopters at Madrid’s Aviation Museum where entry is free every day.

 

MSS Tip

If you have to visit any museum outside the free periods, remember that most offer discounts for Youth Card Holders (valid until 31 or 26 years, depending on museum) and children under 16 often get in free as well.