Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA

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Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA

Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Ancient and medieval Barcelona in the monumental ensemble beneath Plaça del Rei, organised in the 20th century. A tour through 4,000 square metres in an underground archaeological site that takes us from Barcino to Barcinona. Exhibition on the emergence of the medieval city. Visit to the Palau Reial Major palace.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
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.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 1 min walk
  • Liceu • 6 min walk
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Arin
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK452 contributions
Nov 2021
The museum is built ontop of the ruins of the old Barcelona, specifically a fish factory, a winery, and a church. A lot of the floor plan and walls are intact and you walk on walkways that take you over the ruins so you feel like you're walking down the actual streets. They also had a decent number of artifacts on display, plus a temporary exhibit about food production in Barcelona over the centuries that was included in the ticket. I entered free with the Barcelona pass and I found it way more interesting than the El Born Centre!
Written November 17, 2021
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Anna Ines
London, UK2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Currently there's free entry after 3pm on Sundays. You can try and get the free ticket online but if you have issues like I did you'll need to go to the ticket booth inside to be let through (let security know you want to speak to the person at the ticket booth as you're trying to get the ticket online).

There's two floors of viewing which separate the upbeat and informative vibe of the modern section; and the ancient section with remains of many buildings, structures and walls from the old city as well as a section with artefacts on display (all lowly lit for preservation). I was told to start with the modern history section then move to the older "ruins" section but I would have preferred to do it the other way around. Nonetheless, a place to visit to see the history of Barcelona that's better if it's free !!!!!
Written November 3, 2021
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Hannah Brocklebank
Cambridge, UK86 contributions
Oct 2021
Good enough exhibits and the tour of the old structures. Some captions were written with an english translation but not all (use google translate camera). I came using the free entry on the first Sunday of the month and would not have paid to enter, booking online is essential as I arrived at 11:00 and could only enter with a online reservation (next one was 13:20). Spent 40 minutes looking round. I felt the floor plan of the old buildings could have been explained better.
Written October 6, 2021
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L Gooding
6 contributions
Feb 2021
A historian by himself or herself can enjoy this place. Not really suited and designed for a family.
Written February 23, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,237 contributions
Jan 2020
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
Written August 12, 2020
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AnneFloor2017
Rhenen, The Netherlands16 contributions
Mar 2020
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.
Written March 12, 2020
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Maxxash
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK20 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
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.
Written February 17, 2020
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Omar
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
Feb 2020
Wonderful staff and a great museum! very educative and interactive to get to know Barcelona´s history.
Written February 10, 2020
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Sarah S
10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wonderful museum if you’re a history lover. Didn’t expect so much for what we paid, it’s excellent value for money.
Written February 4, 2020
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valeriem820
Cambridge, MA66 contributions
Jan 2020
This museum is an archaeology lovers dream. Extensive Roman ruins under the City that go so much further than I ever would have expected. The museum is huge and a bargain at only 7 euro per person. The ruins are very well preserved and there is a lot of detailed information about them available. The ruins are all indoors too which is great for a rainy day.
Written January 26, 2020
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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