The Barcelona History Museum - A “Museum of Museums”


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The Barcelona History Museum (Museu d'Història de Barcelona or MUHBA) is perhaps one of the more exciting museums in Barcelona if you want to look back in the history for more than 4,000 years ago. The Barcelona City Museum, known as "museum of museums", was inaugurated in 1943 and now is composed of 10 historic centers which are located throughout the city.


  1. Monumental Complex of Plaza del Rey and surrounding Centers:
    1. Temple of Augustus
    2. Via Sepulcral
    3. Domus Sant Honorat
    4. Domus Avinyo
    5. Thermal Baths
  2. Fabra i Coats
  3. Park Guell Interpretation Center
  4. Verdaguer House Museum
  5. Santa Caterina Area
  6. Bomb Shelter 307
  7. "Call" Quarter Interpretation Center
  8. Turó de la Rovira
  9. More recently added heritage sites:

  10. Water's House
  11. Oliva Artés

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1. Monumental Complex of Plaza del Rey

This center is the heart of the Barcelona City Museum (MUHBA) opened in 1943, where you will appreciate Roman remains from the I century B.C. and vestiges until the XIII century A.C. It's like a Roman museum in Barcelona, and is the starting point for the MUHBA.

Opening hours

Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm / Sundays: 10am-8pm.
(Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24).

Prices

Combined ticket for all MUHBA centers
Normal ticket: 7 €
Groups over 10 people: 5 €
Under 29, over 65: 5 €
Free: People under 16, free pink card, ICOM members, Barcelona Card and Museologists´ Associations

Address

Plaza del Rey, s/n
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3), Urquinaona (L1, L4), Liceu (L3), Jaume I (L4)
Bus: 120, V17 and 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic

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Barcelona History Museum - The colossal columns of the Temple of Augustus

The colossal columns of the Temple of Augustus

Temple of Augustus

This place holds a vestige of the Temple of the Roman colony of Barcino, dating back to the I century BC, which was consecrated to the imperial cult. The building was located on the axis of the Forum, on the top of the small hill known as Mons Taber. You will appreciate four large columns, the Corinthian capital, part of the lintel and the podium. An excellent component of the Barcelona City Museum!

Opening hours

Mon: 10am-2pm / Tue-Sat: 10am-7pm / Sundays: 10am-8pm.
Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24).

Prices

Free of charge all the time

Address

Paradis 10
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: stop Jaume I (L4), stop Liceu (L3)
Bus: 17, 19, 40, 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic

Barcelona History Museum - Roman tombs along the sepulchral route

Roman tombs along the sepulchral route

Via Sepulcral

The Roman sepulchral route located in the current Plaza de la Vila de Madrid corresponds to a secondary road that connected the colony of Barcino with the present district of Sarria. The various memorials were located on both sides of this path, which reached the southern gate of the Cardo Maximus.

Opening hours

Tue & Thu: 11am-2pm / Sat-Sun: 11am-7pm
Closed: Mon, Tue, Fri, Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24

Prices

Ticket: 2 €

Address

Pl. De la Vila de Madrid
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: stop Plaça Catalunya (L1, L3)
Bus: 14, 17, 19, 40, 41, 45, 55, 59, 141
Tourist Bus: stop Plaça Catalunya (blue and red lines)
RENFE and FGC trains: stop Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona History Museum - Vestiges of the Roman Domus

Vestiges of the Roman Domus

Domus

In the underground of the present street Sant Honorat, you can appreciate a Roman Domus that was built in the fourth century A.C. It preserves part of the perystilum (central garden) with various lacus (ponds with plants). You will also see various commercial premises of the IV century, and from the XIII-XIV centuries are preserved six silos for storing all kind of products.

Opening hours

Mon-Sat: only for groups with previous reservation / Sun: 10am - 2pm
Closed on public holidays

Prices

Ticket: €2

Address

C/ de la Fruita, 2
Phone: 93 256 21 22

Transport

Metro: stop Jaume I (L4), stop Liceu (L3)
Bus:120, V17, 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic


Barcelona History Museum - The factory complex heritage

The factory complex heritage

2. Fabra i Coats

This center is a former factory complex that was built during the industrial revolution, and because of its characteristic is a site of historical interest. The complex includes a power system, large rooms, a display center with many objects as well as historical archives.

Address

C/ Sant Adrià, 20
Phone: 932562122

Transport

Metro: Sant Andreu (L1)
Bus: 11, 40, 73, 126 and N9

Barcelona History Museum - The janitor's house at the entrance of Park Guell

The janitor's house at the entrance of Park Guell

3. Park Guell Interpretation Center

This building is the janitor's house which is located at the entrance of Park Guell, which is one of the most important Barcelona attractions and a magnificent Gaudi work. From all museums in Barcelona, this is considered as a Museum Monument, and constitute another important art piece of Gaudi. It is a significant part of the City History Museum.

Opening hours

Open daily
Jan 1 - Mar 28: 8:45am-6:30pm / Mar 29 - May 3: 8:30am-9pm / May 4 - Sep 6: 8:30am-10pm / Sep 7 - Oct 24: 8:30am-9pm / Oct 25 - Dec 31: 9am-6:45pm

Prices

Ticket: included in the visit to the monumental area of Park Guell. More info.

Address

C/ d´Olot, s/n
Phone: 932562122

Transport

Metro: Lesseps (L3) or Vallcarca (L3)
Bus: 24, 25, 116
Tourist Bus: north route (blue), stop Parc Güell

Barcelona History Museum - The Verdaguer's farmhouse

The Verdaguer's farmhouse

4. Verdaguer House Museum

Jacinto Verdaguer was a poet and one great architect of the recovery of Catalan as a literary language. He spent the last days in this farmhouse of the XIX century.

Opening hours

Thu: 10am-2pm
Sat, Sun and holidays: 10am-5pm

Prices

Free of charge all the time

Address

Ctra. de l´Església, 104 - Villa Joana. Vallvidrera
Phone: 932047805

Transport

FGC trains: S1, S2, S5, S55, stop Baixador de Vallvidrera

Barcelona History Museum - Archaeological site in the Santa Caterina market

Archaeological site in the Santa Caterina market

5. Santa Caterina Area

This site is an archeology interpretation center in the Santa Caterina market. The reform of the market, completed in 2005, allowed major archeological excavations in the area. At the site of the old market, were discovered remains which are dating back to almost 4,000 years ago, to the Bronze Age.

Opening hours

Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm. Closed on Sun and public holidays

Prices

Free of charge all the time

Address

Plaça Joan Capri
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3), Urquinaona (L1, L4), Liceu (L3), Jaume I (L4)
Bus: 120, V17 i 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic

Barcelona History Museum - The bomb shelter 307

The bomb shelter 307

6. Bomb Shelter 307

The indiscriminate bombing of civilians during the Spanish Civil War led to the construction of hundreds of shelters. Many of them are not accessible to the public. The Shelter 307, with more than 400m of tunnels, is one best example open to the public.

Opening hours

Sun: guided tours at 10:30am (English), 11:30am (Spanish) and 12:30pm (Catalan) - Reservation required!
Mon-Sat: only for groups with previous reservation.
Closed on public holidays

Prices

Ticket: 3,50 €

Address

C/ Nou de la Rambla, 169
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: L3, L2, stop Paral-lel
Bus: 121, 21, H16, D20

Barcelona History Museum - The Barcelona Jewish quarter interpretation center

The Barcelona Jewish quarter interpretation center

7. "Call" Quarter Interpretation Center

The original building of the XIII century located in the Jewish quarter known as "Call", was opened in 2008 and is the best starting point to learn how the Jewish community lived in Barcelona in the middle ages.

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri: 11am-2pm / Sat-Sun: 11am-7pm
Closed: Dec 25, Jan 1, May 1, Jun 24).

Prices

Ticket: 2,20 €

Address

Placeta de Manuel Ribé
Phone: 932562100

Transport

Metro: stop Jaume I (L4), stop Liceu (L3)
Bus:120, V17, 45
Tourist Bus: south route (red), stop Barri Gotic


Barcelona History Museum - The antiaircraft battery

The antiaircraft battery

8. Turo de la Rovira

The Turo de la Rovira, overlooking the city, is a space which preserves heritage antiaircraft battery, built during the Spanish Civil War to try to defend Barcelona city from the attacks of fascist aviation.

Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-2pm / 4pm-7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-3pm
Closed: January 1rst, May 1rst, June 24th and December 25th.

Prices

Free of charge all the time

Address

c. Maria Labernia s/n
Phone: 932562122

Transport

Bus: 119 and V17

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