Museu de la Musica

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Museu de la Musica
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Eixample
Passing through the glorious Plaça Catalunya, you enter the newer city district of Eixample, literally translated as “extension,” which immediately becomes recognizable by its more spacious streets and elegant atmosphere. The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores. Not to be outdone, the glitz and glamour of this zone is perhaps best exemplified by the comfortable and lavish five-star hotels that flank the divine and modernistic buildings from some of the world’s most recognized architects such as Gaudi and Montaner.
How to get there
  • Marina • 5 min walk
  • Glòries • 6 min walk
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OwenGoodwin
Woking25 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
As the title implies, I've visited a number (around 6 at last count) of Musical Instrument Museums globally over the years, and I must say, the Museu de la Musica in Barcelona was definitely one of the best, if not the best that I have visited in the last 20 years.

Distinguishing points:

* Covers a really wide chronological range of Musical Instrument development from very early times right up to the 21st century.

* Covers a reasonable representation of musical instruments from many different cultures around the world. (Of course, instruments from the Western areas are in the ascendency but a good chunk of space is also provided for a good collection from the Orient, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and even the Oceanic areas).

* When I visit Musical Instrument Museums, I always look out for instruments which I have never seen before. The Museu de la Musica did not disappoint - there were two or three instruments which I had never seen before, much less contemplated before actually seeing them.

* The layout is logical in terms of chronology as well as categorisation of musical instrumentation type (e.g. Brass vs Strings, 15C versus 19C)

* Very well done was the added accompaniment of instrument and era specific recordings of the instruments in the various areas - nice work!

* Also fascinating (to a music geek like me) was a parallel collection of works/examples showing the development of both how music was recorded and captured for posterity. Trust me - music was captured a long way before the cassette tape or vinyl records - and this museum really well shows and demonstrates that. Awesome.

* Equally fascinating was the exhibition showing the development and presentation of how music was written out (working from simple monophonic scores right up to the far out representations on paper required to communicate 21st century compositions.

* The location was handy and central

* The layout was great - a lot was covered in a reasonably sized space.

I will unquestionably visit again in the future. If you have an interest in music - then I'd recommend this place to your attention should you happen to find yourself in Barcelona.

9/10
Written November 13, 2016
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Laura A
Brooklyn, United States7 contributions
Sep 2018
Off the beaten path in Barcelona, this is definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in music. The instruments were beautiful and the setting was thoughtful. It's a great quiet place for a visit since it seems that not too many people know about it.
Written September 29, 2018
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emich2016
Galveston Island, TX18 contributions
Jun 2016
We visited the museum because it was free and we were nearby. It was way better than expected. The exhibits traced the history of music from before written notes to modern Catalonia rock. Not something we would usually enjoy but the presentation was excellent and they even had instruments to try.
Written June 27, 2016
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M1Hanson
Galveston, TX8 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
We decided to stop here because the museum was free on that particular day and we were blown away by the museum. It was very interesting and they had a room full of instruments you could try out for yourself. It was a great way to get out of the sun for a little and we really liked it.
Written June 27, 2016
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Kat
Beijing, China68 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
An amazing collection of instruments. Covering centuries and with items from all over the world. The room full of guitars was my favorite!
Written January 22, 2020
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Gabi Haran, traveling OBGYN
Kfar Saba, Israel304 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This place is good for spending an easy hour on a Sunday. The place has a great variety of music instruments and you can hear them playing as you move along the museum path. At the end you have some instruments you can play with. Fun experience for kids and the kids in hearts.
Written May 5, 2019
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Cucciolo939
Oxfordshire, UK24 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
We enjoyed this museum very much. It was nice, compact, interesting and well-presented. Our 9 year old enjoyed the room where one can touch instruments (classical guitar, electric guitar, cello, and some basic organ).
Written September 11, 2018
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Wilde_David_London_48
London, UK56 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
This museum celebrating the musical tradition of Barcelona is slightly off the beaten track but well worth the visit. If you are staying centrally in the city you can take the Metro to Arc de Triomf and then walk (its approximately a 10-15 minutes walk). The Museum is next to the National Theatre and The Flea Market and accessible by stairs or lift (it's on the second floor).

When I visited the audio guides were not working which was a shame but the signage and layout of the museum is easy to navigate with plenty of audio-visual experiences to perfectly illustrate the instruments and musical tradition of Catalonia.

In addition to the main exhibits the museum also has space for some rotating exhibitions. During my visit it had an exhibition about Granados and also one devoted to Korean Musical Theatre.

Entry is free to this museum if you have bought the Barcelona Card (which is also well worth the purchase).
Written March 30, 2018
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,706 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
The museum was set up to show the history of music - and it was quite successful. It also had sound displays for various time periods / genres - which added to the interest of the museum. We especially liked the displays on the organs - that had some hands on displays. At the end they also let you play some instruments (including harp, cello and electric guitar). Quite wonderful. We spent over two hours here - thoroughly enjoying ourselves - and learning a lot. Seniors get in for 4 euros each.
Written March 2, 2016
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Londongal_10
Edenbridge, UK118 contributions
Feb 2016
I sighed a deep sigh and said oh ok when my guitar playing hub wanted to visit here but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The actual history of music I skimmed through but there is a huge range of fascinating instruments on display and I am pleased we visited. There are some amazing objects there on which music can be played. I would recommend it if you are in the area - not much in the way of bars or restaurants nearby but there is a café attached for a quick refuel.
Written February 13, 2016
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  • Tue - Wed 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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