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The Museum of the History of Barcelona - MUHBA

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Address: Placa del Rei, s/n. Barri Gotic, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 932 56 21 22
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Fascinating museum

This museum allows you to visit the excavated remains of Roman Barcelona. These are quite extensive, so I would allow at least 3 hours for a visit. Be sure to pick up an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum allows you to visit the excavated remains of Roman Barcelona. These are quite extensive, so I would allow at least 3 hours for a visit. Be sure to pick up an audioguide on your way in. Your ticket also allows you entry to the other sites managed by the museum.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we nearly missed this in Barcelona but our walking tour guide mentioned it, so we made a point to go and see it. You get to walk through the actual Roman ruins lying below the city. Well and truly worth the visit.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful and informative excavations beneath the cathedral area revealing the Roman past of this amazing city. Spent several hours just treading the pathways of the past - very atmospheric.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire palace and the Roman ruins below are all of great interest. Take the elevator and descend 2000 years into history. While there's not much left of the ruins (they are after all ruins), it's rather amazing to be walking the same steps walked by people some 2000 years ago. The entire museum comprises not just the Roman ruins... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Barcelona in layers: Roman Barcino subterranean, Gothic above. Provides interesting insight in the city past.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History of Barcelona from pre Roman to Middle Ages superbly done in a building close to La Catedral. Pre Roman, Roman & early Christian history is told by walking underground over excavations in the old area of Barcelona. Subsequent history is told through paintings, artefacts, documents etc in a more traditional museum setting. The story is wonderfully told esp. underground.... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

archaeology and Roman ruins can often be underwhelming for the average person, but these extensive Roman ruins beneath the streets of modern day Barcelona are well worth visiting. We visited on the first Sunday of the month and got free entrance but having now been I would have been very happy to pay the entrance fee. The ruins are extensive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the reception area you descend by lift 2000 years into the past. Underneath the buildings surrounding Placa del Rei is a vast area of diggings to explore. You walk on raised walkways around a route that takes you from Roman times up to the days of the first Christian Basilica in Barcelona. As you follow the route through the... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've come to Barcelona and developed an interest in it's history, this is the place to come to. This Museum specializes in the early history of the city, particularly it's Roman origins. You likely don't think of Barcelona as Roman in origin, but that's really how it started, and this museum tells the story beautifully. After a little descriptive... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The entry price is only €7 and the ticket gives you access to other museums owned by the group around Barcelona, on entry you are given a handset with a guided tour in your selected language which was very useful and full of information. You then go underground to see the Roman ruins which are very well preserved and really... More 

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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