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The Museum of the History of Barcelona - MUHBA

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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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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great visit

well worth it for the amount of roman remains of ancient Barcelona that are on view enthralled by the presentations

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Nuneaton, United Kingdom

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

well worth it for the amount of roman remains of ancient Barcelona that are on view enthralled by the presentations

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there when the entrance was free, so we didn't get the audio guide... Which I truly regret now, as I would much rather have paid the entrance fee (which is really low considering the comprehensiveness of the museum!) and gotten the guide to walk around and hear about all the countless interesting showpieces and the Roman-time architecture. Also... More 

Thank mrtbrk
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history, archaeology and architecture, set aside plenty of time for this place. There are fabulous Roman remains at basement level, with a Gothic (proper Visigothic) phase and a couple of beautiful sections of the old palace to finish with.

Thank GillianOWarwickshire
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44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum, taking you from Roman times to the 1920's. The building itself is also part of the museum and there are some excellent Roman remains of street plans in the basement.

Thank Pete F
Amherst, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sought this museum out because we both love history and wanted to know more about the area. There are audioguides that come with the price of admission (there is discounted rate for students so don't forget your ID if you are in school). The audioguides were helpful if you like guided tours, the real gem was going down into... More 

Thank erin524
Brisbane, Australia
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Possibly boring for some (I'm thinking people who always need to be texting as there was no wi-fi in Roman times) but aspects such as seeing the Roman winery two floors below the streets of Barrio Gotic were riveting for me. It was completely unexpected and had clearly enjoyed huge expenditure in such a difficult place to preserve it. Well... More 

Thank BryanF4
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible setting is very well done where you can see the Roman ruins and the early cathedral ruins above that. If you love history, go. But, I was one of about ten English speakers in the museum, with no non-English speakers in sight, yet the entire Medieval display was Catalonian and Spanish only. It's their country and history, but, well.... More 

Thank Dave C
Rijeka, Croatia
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648 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Barcelona is a paradise for a history buff like me, not only because of its long and rich history, but also because I can’t remember any other city with so many fantastic museums dedicated to various historic aspects of city’s life and development. That said, this is one of the finest and most interesting of them, a real mirror of... More 

Thank Borzov
San Francisco
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

James Michener was blown away by this place (which I guess existed 50+ years ago) in Iberia. !Estoy de acuerdo! Awesome place, you hop in an unassuming elevator at ground level and are taken to another world. Must see for those with any interest in history.

Thank Nick C
Katy, Texas
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is really cool. You will need at least two hours to walk through this museum. You first learn about the history of the city of Barcelona, from the time the Romans first settled it until now. Then, you walk through the ruins of the Roman city, which are under the museum. You see the basic layout of a... More 

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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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