21 May Night of the Museums!
Barcelona is a permanent hub of cultural activity and this weekend is no different thanks to the annual Nit del Museus (Night of the Museums). On Saturday 21st May, all of the museums in Barcelona are free from 7pm until 1am! Not only can you see all of the exhibitions, but you can also get involved in workshops, guided tours and family-friendly projects. Furthermore, an array of performances and concerts will be happening all over the city.
If you don’t know your way around Barcelona, it’s a good idea to take a look at the routes available on the official website and get a sneaky peek at what each museum is offering. Here, we have a guide to our top ten museums to visit during Nit del Museus 2016.
CosmoCaixa begins to sparkle under the stars once darkness hits the museum and it is perhaps the best place to be on this special night. There are plenty of expert astronomers on hand to guide you through the night sky with telescopes provided for magnificent views of the cosmos. Don’t miss the ‘History of the Universe’ show, the ‘Creativity Activity’ and the 3D Planetarium too.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, found in El Raval, has all of its usual exhibitions, family activities, a creative workshop for 14-18 year olds and a specially choreographed dance show at both 8pm and 10pm. Get there early to avoid queues as this is always one of the most popular places during Nit del Museus.
While you’re in El Raval, why not pop into Shenanigans for refreshments before you continue on your route!
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is a gallery for those passionate about art from all ages, specifically the Romanesque movement. Head to the rooftop on Saturday night for 360 degree views of Barcelona, perfect with the city lights and glow of the moon. From 9pm until midnight, you can learn how to swing dance in the Oval Room where there will also be a free concert.
Museu del Disseny
The Design Museum is located very close to Torre Agbar, so it’s ideal for fitting in a bit of sightseeing too! Exhibitions include original fashions from 1550- 2015, Catalan product design, decorative arts, graphic design and an installation exclusively made for Nit del Museus.
Museu del Moto
One for the lads, the Motorcycle Museum has a major exhibition looking at the world of biking and a smaller display about the history of the scooter. If you’re into mechanics and motos, this is your Mecca! Post your pictures with the hashtag #selfiemuseumoto and see if you win their competition.
Museu FC Barcelona
Fans of Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona will know we are passionate about Barcelona FC and, when Barca play, the atmosphere in the bar is electric. Visit the official museum at Camp Nou to find out more about the club’s history from 1899 until the present day and read the profiles of the team’s most infamous players.
Castell de Montjuic
Aside from the guided tours of the castle, Castell de Montjuic is holding an explosive set of circus shows. From handstands and rope shows to juggling and balancing acts, the whole family will enjoy the performances set on the mountaintop. There’s also an exhibition dedicated to the man who sculpted the landscape, Jean-Claude-Nicolas Forestier.
Pablo Picasso grew up in Barcelona and is recognised as one of the city’s greatest artists. The museum, which is dedicated to both his life and works, is located in El Born which is also a beautiful neighbourhood to wander through at night. Check out the Santa Maria del Mar church while you’re in the area.
MUHBA Plaça del Rei
History buffs can meander through the sights of Plaça del Rei and learn all about Barcelona’s Roman connections since the first century BC. From 10pm, there is an interactive installation and workshop, courtesy of Felix Vinyals, called A Corazon Abierto (An Open Heart).
Wander through the Gothic district a bit further and you will find Flaherty’s where you can sit on our terrace and chat about your experiences of Nit del Museus!
Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
The Botanical Gardens are going to be shrouded in mystery on Saturday and organisers kindly ask you to bring a torch. Guides will take you through the natural wonders of this outdoor museum and you can even do a bit of stargazing. At 9pm and 11pm, you can dance in the darkness thanks to a free jazz concert.
Whatever your interests are, we’re certain you will find a museum for you. You can soak up the atmosphere on the routes aswell, make friends and stop off at a few bars for drinks along the way. Don’t forget about Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona and Shenanigans. As the oldest Irish bar in Barcelona, Shenanigans is a museum in itself!