Barcelona museums

Barcelona museums

Barça museum

Possibly the highlight of any kid's trip to Barcelona (also maybe the Dad's!), a visit includes all the usual stuff -- the trophy room, the changing rooms, the tunnel, a look at the pitch, the shop.

A Messi shirt is currently €115, in case you wondered...

CosmoCaixa science museum

CosmoCaixaBarcelona's science museum () opened three years ago and attracted over 2m visitors last year. At 47,600 m2, of which 30,000 m2 is open to the public, it's somewhere between 4 and 15 times bigger than the old science museum – depending on which newspaper report you read.

The old museum was wonderful, hugely popular with kids, who could touch and smell things and all that. The new museum has kept all of that, and added a whole lot of technology, and is well worth a visit.

If you go with kids we strongly suggest you arrange a meeting point for when/in case they get lost. Note that the activities for kids are currently completely sold out and you'll only get tickets if you queue early in the morning.

The website is an excellent one – neat design, lots of clear information, makes you want to go and visit the place.

Chocolate Museum

The local confectionery guild has a Chocolate Museum that is worth a visit if you are here in Barcelona, particularly if you are coming with kids. When we went, they were just putting the finishing touches to a huge four-horse chariot - made entirely from chocolate - that was truly astonishing in its details.

The website is rather a disappointing one. Shouldn't a chocolate museum site just make you crave some…?

Egyptian Museum

Beside Barcelona's Egyptian museum the Clos Archaeological Foundation also runs courses, workshops, conferences and other events open to the public.

The museum itself is one for those with a real interest in Egypt only, an inside source tells us. To see if that's true, you'll have to visit the place, as the website tells you very little of what’s on display, and shows you less.

Frederic Mares Museum

The sculptor Frederic Marès (1893-1991) was also an avid collector.

There's a lot of Spanish religious sculpture, some of it very old, but lots of other weird stuff he hoarded collected as well: bikes, pipes, fireplace pokers, toys, you name it...

History of Barcelona

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History of Catalonia

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Barcelona Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is one of Barcelona's most interesting – particularly if you like boats (!) but also to anyone interested in appreciating the city's history, connected as closely as it has been to commerce across the seas. It contains some fascinating models and a full size replica of Juan de Austria's Lepanto slave galley (which you could smell before you saw it, according to the commentary on your audioguide as you make your way round).

Museu de Moderisme Català

There was a lot more to Modernisme than just Gaudí (or architecture, for that matter).

The Museum of Catalan Moderisme is in a Modernista house built 1902-1904 by the profilic Enric Sagnier (Barcelona, 1858-1931), with exhibits including painting, sculpture, furniture and decorative arts.

Wax Museum

The Barcelona wax museum (go if you've been everywhere else, but don't expect Madame Tussauds) is at the foot of the Ramblas, or rather just off the Ramblas to the left as you face the port (in the Passatge de la Banca).

The Bosc de les Fades bar over the way is worth sticking your head into. You'll either love it or feel ever so slightly sick.

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Barça Musueum
CosmoCaixa Science Museum
Chocolate Musueum
Egyptian Musueum
Frederic Mares
Maritime Museum
Museu de Moderisme Català
Wax Museum


For Art Museums, see Art Galleries page.

More musuems

Archaeological Museum of Catalonia

Textile and clothing museum

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