In short, Sunday is the day to choose! Many museums, monuments and galleries are open free of charge. Here’s a list of the main ones:
Torres de Seranos
The Serranos Gate, also known as «Serranos Towers» is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall of Valencia. It was built in Valencian Gothic style at the end of the 14th century . It is open to the public on Sunday from 9.30h to 15.00h.
Torres de Quart
The “Torres de Quart” or the “Quart Towers” also belongs to the the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall. The name comes from the towers’ location, as they are situated between the city center and the village of Quart de Poblet. This monument is open to the public on Sundays from 10.00h to 14.00h.
Casa Museo Jose Benlliure – the House of Jose Benlliure
A few meters walk from the Serranos Towers leads you to the Benlluire Museum. It used to be the painter’s family dwelling which has now become a treasure that Valencia can proudly cherish. There’s an ample collection of paintings by Jose Benlliure and his son, Pepino. It is open to view on Sundays from 10.00h to 14.00h.
La Lonja de la Seda – The Silk Exchange
Built during Valencia’s Golden Age, the 15th century, when the Kingdom of Valencia was at its economic and cultural peak, the Valencia Silk Exchange, or «Lonja de la Seda», is one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in the entire Mediterranean. It is open to the public from 9.30h to 15.00h.
Museo de Bellas Artes – The Museum of Fine Arts
Currently you can see two main exhibitions, the Picasso – Cela collection of paintings, writings and ceramics, presenting the story of friendship between two great artists, Pablo Picasso and the Valencian Nobel prize winner for Literature Camilo José Cela. The second exhibitiion is called the «start of the modern painting of Spain – Joaquin Sorolla and his time». Open to the public from 10.00h to 20.00h.
IVAM – the Valencian Institute of Modern Arts
Currently featuring exhibitions of Zibeb Sedira, exploring the landscapes of Algeria as well as the exhibition of the one of the most prominent Valencian artists Ignacio Pinazo, an Impressionist painter. The museum is open to the public from 10.00h to 19.00h.
MuVIM- the Valencian Museum of Enlightenment and Modernity
The MuVIM is a museum devoted to preserving and spreading ideas which have made the modern world possible! Open to the public from 10.00h to 20.00h.
The Almoina Archaeological Museum
This is a new, modern and spacious cultural space, including various monuments, the 2nd-century baths, the two streets that were the main thoroughfares in Roman times, and the courtyard of the old Muslim city. It is open to the public on Sundays from 10.00h to 14.00h.
The Historical Museum
This museum is located in the old water station and is currently showing exhibitions of Valencia in the Middle Ages or the Broken Modernity exhibition featuring the period 1917-1975. It is open to the public on Sundays between 10.00h to 14.00h.
The National Museum of Natural Sciences
This museum is located in the heart of the wonderful Royal Gardens with fossils and skeletons of extinct creatures such as dinosaurs on display. The museum has a specific focus on the scientific, regional discoveries and the analysis of the ecosystem and the environment. It is open to the public from 15.00 to 19.00h.
The Fallas Museum
This museum contains the Ninots collection from the famous Fallas festival! Open to the public on Sundays between 10.00h to 14.00h.
The National Museum of Ceramics in the Palacio Marques de Dos Aguas
In honor of the Valencian ceramics industry, the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics is located in what is considered to be the best example of Baroque architecture in Spain, the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. The museum houses the largest national collection of ceramics, dating from the 18th century to the contemporary period, and includes pieces by Picasso. It is open to the public on Sundays from 10.00h to 14.00h.
The Rice Museum
The museum is housed in a rice mill (Molino de Serra), built at the beginning of the 20th century that was commercially functioning until the 1970’s. The visitor can see how rice was processed and produced in the early years of the century. It is open to the public on Sundays from 10.00h to 14.00h.
What are you waiting for? If you like museums and local culture, use your Sundays to discover Valencia!