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Museo d'Historia de Catalunya

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Address: Moll de la Barcelonetta, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number:
+34 932 25 47 00
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue 10:00 - 19:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Museum of the History of Catalonia, have the purpose "to conserve,...

The Museum of the History of Catalonia, have the purpose "to conserve, exhibit and raise awareness of the history of Catalonia as our joint heritage and to strengthen citizens' sense of identification with the nation's history". In order to achieve these objectives, the museum "is to encourage and organise activities to raise awareness of the history of Catalonia and to co-operate with others to increase the study and dissemination of this history".

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Good Introduction to Catalonia

I entered this museum on a whim and enjoyed it. As I recall, it was only 4 euro to get in, and the museum is quite large. I didn't know much about the history of Barcelona and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I entered this museum on a whim and enjoyed it. As I recall, it was only 4 euro to get in, and the museum is quite large. I didn't know much about the history of Barcelona and the region, so I learned a lot. It's quite extensive, and you can't hope to take it all in. I breezed through, skipped... More 

Thank travelingmom74150
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an extensive museum in a lovely modern building by the port. Catalonia sees itself as a distinct region/country with its own heritage and culture, and this museum explores history and developments. One of the main floors focuses on the ancient and medieval periods. The other main exhibit floor focuses on the modern period, especially the 19th century to... More 

Thank rtaba285
Barcelona, Spain
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this museum is located on the famous Barceloneta, it is really nothing special. The exhibitions are decent. Nothing really caught my interest here, so I just sped through. The only thing worth going to here is the terrace, which has an amazing view of the city. Tip: This museum is free on Sundays after 15:00.

Thank Mina T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building looks amazing from the inside, well designed and executed. The historical exhibition starts at Level 1 and goes way up to Level 2 where you'll reach Catalonia's modern day history. If you don't speak Spanish, you'll get enough reading for a good two or two and a half hours, and that's just the first level, showcasing catalinian history... More 

Thank András T
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, we didn´t visit the museum, we went straight to the roof top terrace... Wonderful view on the harbour and you even get informations on the table, what you can see from there, when sitting at the long glass bar table. Enough space to chill and you can enjoy the great weather.

Thank Ewa M
Modesto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Outstanding permanent exhibition on the history of Catalunya. Wished we had more time and energy to have fully explored everything. There is a lovely bar, cafe, and restaurant on the top floor, though you can enjoy the lovely views of the harbor and city from the terrace without buying anything.

Thank John M
Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is not a museum of spectacular items, such museums are for regions that haven't spent so much of their past as an underdog. Instead, although everything is attached to decent to good displays, some of it interactive, it is a place where you read the history of Catalunya. And you can do a lot of reading, with the display... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is an underrated attraction on TripAdvisor for Barcelona - it deserves to be high on your to-visit list! It was a wonderfully curated museum with interactive displays and a detailed history of Catalunya. Absolutely worth the visit - especially the floor about the Spanish civil war.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Didn't do the museum but if you are after a great bar, head to the top of the museum via the lift and enjoy a Gin & Tonic with fabulous views of the port and great music

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Verona, ON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This museum covers Catalunya from prehistoric times to the present. It really helps the visitor understand the Catalan history and culture, as distinct from Spanish history and culture. It was very absorbing, and there were some things to touch, open or climb on. If you have a real interest in history and culture, this is a museum you would enjoy,... More 

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Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow streets, old ladies clamoring at each other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away, Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed sand structures making this the most visited beach in the city (the shirtless men working out might help too). You’ll know by the delicious aroma that you're in the right place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood including paella, Spain’s national dish.
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