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'La Diada', National Day of Catalonia: Open Doors

Landmark spaces in Barcelona open their doors to the public in celebration of the National Day of Catalonia, September 11

MUHBA Museu d'Història de Barcelona
MUHBA Museu d'Història de Barcelona
By Time Out Barcelona |

The National Day of Catalonia, familiarly known as 'La Diada', is celebrated every year on September 11. You'll find celebrations as well as marches and protests in the street, and you can enjoy free entry into museums, institutions and other spaces that open their doors to the public.

The Palau de la Generalitat keeps its doors open for the better part of the day on La Diada, and you don't have to book a spot in advance.

Museums with open doors

Museums, History

Museu d'Història de Catalunya

icon-location-pin La Barceloneta

With exhibits spanning from the Lower Paleolithic era right up to Jordi Pujol's proclamation as President of the Generalitat in 1980, the Catalan History Museum offers a virtual chronology of the region's past. Visit the museum for free from 10am to 2.30pm on September 11.

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya
© Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya
Museums, History

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

icon-location-pin El Poble-sec

The time frame for this archaeology collection starts with the Palaeolithic period, and there are relics of Greek, Punic, Roman and Visigothic colonisers, up to the early Middle Ages. Doors are open on La Diada from 10am to 2.30pm.

Museums, Art and design

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

icon-location-pin Sants - Montjuïc

'One museum, a thousand years of art' is the slogan of the National Museum, and the collection provides a dizzying overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. Take it all in for free from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday.

Museums, History

MUHBA Museu d'Història de Barcelona

icon-location-pin El Gòtic

Stretching from the Plaça del Rei to the cathedral are some 4,000sq m (43,000sq ft) of subterranean Roman excavations – streets, villas and storage vats for oil and wine, all discovered by accident in the late 1920s when a whole swath of the Gothic Quarter was dug up to make way for the central avenue of Via Laietana. Explore as much as you can all day during La Diada, from 10am to 7pm.

Attractions with free entry


Palau Güell

icon-location-pin El Raval

Another iconic space you'll have the chance to visit is the Palau Güell, the most emblematic of the works of a young Antoni Gaudí, which opens its doors from 10am to 8pm. Free tickets will be handed out at two different times until they run out.

Party for Freedom

Music, Music festivals

Festa per la Llibertat 2018

The Party for Freedom has been organised every year since 2000 by Catalan association Òmnium Cultural to celebrate La Diada on Passeig de Lluís Companys. This year the party is on once again, despite the notable absence of Òmnium's president, Jordi Cuixart, who's been preventatively jailed since October 2017. Starting at 6.30pm, enjoy concerts by Balkan Paradise Orchestra, Zoo, and Macaco. Earlier in the day, from 10am, you'll see a representation of organizations and associations, as well as activities and more musical performances for the whole family.

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