International Museum Day in Malaga and free admission museums

If you like to enjoy cultural activities Malaga celebrates the International Museum Day on the 18th of May, during this day the entrance is free. Let’s get the most out of the day and choose the ones you would like to visit without paying a ticket.

Free visits to Malaga’s museums throughout the day

In addition to free admission, activities and guided tours are available free of charge, although some may require pre registration. All the information below.

Remember that free entry throughout the day is only possible on May 18th. If you want to enter the museums for free the rest of the year you can go to the end of the article. I will tell you when and how to enter the main museums for free or with important discounts.

As an important note, almost no official website has confirmed yet (3 May) opening time during International Museum Day. Only the opening hours of the Picasso Museum, the second on this list, can be confirmed.

May 18 coincides in 2019 with the White Night, so the popularity will be even greater.

Special visit to the Museum of Malaga

Malaga Museum

The museum in Malaga will finally show a collection that has been stored for more than 20 years.

There will be guided tours and among its particularities is the archaeological section of the ‘Tomb of the Warrior’, a complete funerary trousseau of a Greek warrior.

There will be talks from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (In Spanish)

Hours: 9am to 8pm

How to get there:

Open day at the Picasso Museum

As outstanding features of this visit you can see the documentary ‘Picasso Crea’ and the Crommelynck Torculo, where about a thousand works of art by the artist were made.

Picasso Museum

Hours: Free entrance from 10:00 to 7:00 pm to visit the museum’s collection.

How to get there:

Guided tours to CAC Málaga

Virtual reality experience at 5pm and from 6pm onwards a workshop aimed at children between 5 and 11 years old.

Guided tours of the exhibited collection at 12:00.

Hours: From 10:00 to 8:00 pm.

How to get there:

Pompidou Centre in Malaga

The Pompidou centre offers guided tours of 1 hour and free entry from 9.30 am.

Hours: 9:30 to 8:00 pm – Guided tours at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

How to get there:

Carmen Thyssen

If you are interested in visiting the Carmen Thyssen Museum for free, the museum will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. onwards.

At 12:00 and 6:00 pm there will be guided tours.

At 8:30 pm the film Jesus Christ Superstar.

Workshop for families the Saturday at 11:30

Pre-registration is required at, you must provide your name, surname, number of places and contact number.

Hours: 10:00 to 8:00 pm

How to get there:

Picasso’s Birthplace Museum

The house where the renowned painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born houses an exhibition of the History of Art in Spain.

Hours: From 12:00 to 6 pm

How to get there:

Free visit to the Russian Museum

Have a look at the collection presented at the Russian Museum with guided tours.

Hours: According to the visit to the site. (12:00, 6:00 p.m.)

How to get there:

Joaquín Peinado Museum

If you would like to visit Ronda or if you are in Ronda during the open day you can visit the Joaquín Peinado Museum.

Telephone reservation required for the guided tour: 952 871 585.

Hours: From 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.

How to get to the Joaquín Peinado Museum:

Unicaja Museum of Popular Arts and Customs

Guided tours are available but you must pre-register by phone: Museo Unicaja 952 217 137

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

How to get there:

Free visit to the Dolmens of Antequera

Two tours are available for up to 40 people. You might want to visit also the Peña de los Enamorados place.

Hours: From 10:00 to 6:00 pm. At 6:00 pmthere will be a lecture by the professor of Prehistory at the University of Malaga.

Guided tours are at 10 am and 12 noon and require previous registration by calling 952 712 206, 952 712 207 or sending an email to

How to get there:

Film event at the Jorge Rando Museum

Visualization of the film Jesus Christ Superstar with a colloquium at the end of the film.

Only recommmended if you understand Spanish perfectly.

Hours: 8:30 p.m.
How to get there:

Free admission to museums all year round

If you visit Malaga during any other time or you wonder when you can visit the museums without having to pay the entrance fee I will explain it to you below.

Alcazaba and Gibralfaro
Admission is free on Sunday afternoons. If you visit the Castle of Gibralfaro the free hours are from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm in summer.
Reduced admission for Malaga residents.

Museo Picasso Malaga
Open free every Sunday between 6pm and 8pm.
If you are unemployed and signed up for the INEM you have free admission.

Picasso’s Birthplace
Open free every Sunday between 4pm and 7.45pm.

Malaga Cathedral
Free admission if you are a resident of Malaga

Carmen Thyssen Museum
On Sundays from 5 pm free admission.
Children under the age of 18 and unemployed people have free admission all week.

Jorge Rando Museum
Free all week long.

Pompidou Centre
On Sundays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm or until 10:00 pm in the summer, admission is free.

Transfers from the airport

Russian Museum
Free on Sundays from 4pm to 8pm.
From 15 June to 15 September it closes at 22:00 hours.

Revello de Toro Museum
On Sundays admission is free between 10:00 and 14:00 hours.

Malaga Museum
Open Tuesdays and Sundays for free to European citizens.
If you are not European the price to pay is low anyway.

Automobile and Fashion Museum
Free Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm.

As you can see, you have no excuse not to visit a museum in Malaga and learn a little more about our city.

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Raúl G.T

Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.

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