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Mairwen1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Sydney, Australia2,642 contributions516 helpful votes
This is a very small, modest museum. The curators have done a good job at making something out of what is a surprisingly small collection. However for most tourists, there are so many other things to see and do in Barcelona, that you would really only do this if you have a lot of spare time. If you are in Barcelona for a week or more, it’s free after 3pm on Sundays. The main attraction is the underground Roman ruins. Somehow, we missed this completely. I’m not sure how we did that but there were no maps of the museum available or signage so we didn't even realise they were there. We’d gone to the museum on a whim and I was really disappointed when I realised much later that we’d missed this part. I’m pretty certain they would have been the best part. So if you go, definitely don’t miss the ruins. The rest of the museum gives an interesting but brief overview of the history of Barcelona, tracing it from Roman times to modern days (albeit with some curious gaps like the Civil War). The displays are light on artefacts but are staged well in bright, colourful rooms. A lot of the smaller signs are not in English but most of the larger signs include English alongside the Spanish and Catalan. Information is in bite-sized snippets and is often presented in fun ways like speech or thought bubbles. There is a lot of appeal here for kids. Another interesting (but easily missed) part of the museum is a balcony that runs along the outside wall and overlooks the the ancient city walls, the medieval Placa Ramon and the Palau Reial. The statue below you in Placa Ramon is Count Ramon Berenguer the Grand who (apart from having a very impressive name), also defeated the Moors and ruled Barcelona from 1097 till 1131. If you head to the end of this outdoor walkway, there is a door through to the 16th century Fleming’s Clock or ‘Big Clock’. It stands at 4.4m high and weighs over 5 tonnes. It was the main clock of Barcelona for almost 300 years, sitting at the top of the Cathedral's tower bell, from 1577 to 1864. It wasn’t the first one. There had been 4 earlier clocks before it, going back more than 600 years to 1396. The ornate detail and craftsmanship make it look like a beautiful iron sculpture. The date it was made (1576) at the very top of the clock. GETTING THERE – Less than 2 min from Cathedral. It is tucked away in the middle of the Gothic Quarter and was a little tricky to find. We had to resort to getting our phones out in the end but if you get to Placa de L’Angel and head uphill a little, it’s off to the right. COST: Normally €7 (incl audioguide) but entry is free after 3pm on Sundays and all day on the first Sunday of the month. There is no need to book as it was very quiet when we were there. HOURS: Closed on Mondays…
Date of experience: January 2020
3 Helpful votes
AnneFloor2017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Rhenen, The Netherlands16 contributions4 helpful votes
I went to see an interesting photo exhibition about cities. The exhibition was made with a lot of attention. Unfortunately, there were no English speaking guides or headphones with English language.
Date of experience: March 2020
Maxxash wrote a review Feb 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom20 contributions9 helpful votes
A fascinating way to spend 1-2 hours. The Roman ruins are well preserved and explained, and you really get a feel for how the town and community operated. Recommended.
Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Omar wrote a review Feb 2020
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
Wonderful staff and a great museum! very educative and interactive to get to know Barcelona´s history.
Date of experience: February 2020
Sarah S wrote a review Feb 2020
9 contributions9 helpful votes
Wonderful museum if you’re a history lover. Didn’t expect so much for what we paid, it’s excellent value for money.
Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes