Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA

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.
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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  • Jess_the_TravelBug
    226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite museum and adventure in Barcelona
    This museum was not on our list of places to go and we stumbled across it. It ended up being our favorite place we visited in a week spent in Barcelona. The exhibits were fascinating and the Roman ruins were incredible. I beyond recommend you spend a few hours here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 22, 2024
  • travelgrrl09
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss for history buffs
    Excellent museum with vast underground Roman ruins displaying fascinating transition from Roman rule to Christianization. Early foundation of first basilica along with palace room and church. Hidden gem with few visitors. Enjoyed this so much more than Picasso museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable visit.
    We found the entrance a little hard to find, but got there in the end. This museum is bigger than you think and has a lot to offer. Unlike a lot of the tourist sites around the city, there were no crowds here at all. We found it very interesting and well worth the price. We spent 2 hours here and could have spent a little more, but were a little pressed for time so ended up rushing through at the end. Although we visited in mid-April, the top floor was very hot so you may want to bring a small fan if you do not like the heat. I am glad we made the time to come here and do recommend it if your schedule allows.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2024
  • Ed09
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits, some improvements could make it better
    Plus: An in-depth history of Barcelona with many artefacts, exhibits and showreels. The ancient ruins in the basement of the museum were especially interesting. Minuses: -The curt service by the front line staff and the downright rude female security staff at the entrance marred the experience. - A clear and concise Directory on the ground floor, indicating what is shown at each level would have been helpful.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2024
  • dese2
    Auburn, New York3,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the MUHBA sites
    We found this museum online before our trip, it was a bit more difficult to locate in town. But finally, we found it. The entry is marked but we missed it going in. There is a cost, but it was minimal - I don't even remember how much. There are several floors to this museum so pick up a map. There is even a below level where more excavation is ongoing. Within the museum there are many signs to identify the displays and most have English translations. Some beautiful pieces on display and much to help explain the long history of Barcelona which we enjoyed. This makes a great way to get to know the history and culture of this beautiful city. Be prepared to spend a couple hours at least.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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Anna Ines
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kat
Beijing, China72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Amazing. Ruins under the city going back to the 4th century. Kind of mindblowing. And a lot of ruins too, a huge and very well done exhibit. A must visit museum. The royal church at the end is so gorgeous, and then you exit the museum in the plaza where it is rumored that Isabella and Ferdinand met Columbus when he returned from discovering the Americas.
Written January 22, 2020
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Jeremy314
London, UK179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Catalonia has a long history, going back thousands of years and the curators of the museum have done a superb job of guiding the visitor through pre-history to the present day. Aware there are disputes about independence from Madrid, this museum - in the latter periods, identifies the reasons why without propogating nationalist views. VERY educational, not only from the perspective of Catalonia but from the evolution of a society and how these can be similar throughout other European nations.
Written January 25, 2020
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COtravelfam04
Austin, TX214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We lived in Barcelona for a number of years and took many visitors all over the city. This was always a hit with our visiting friends and family. (I can imagine it would be less interesting for people who have had many opportunities to see Roman ruins, but as that is nonexistant where we are from, it always proved interesting to our guests.) You get to walk under the city of Barcelona where there are the remains of the original Roman city of Barcino. It is incredible to see those structural remains and learn about what was once there.

On a recent return visit to BCN, we took some people we were traveling with here. We enjoyed the return and our friends loved it! I highly recommend this experience.

A note for the museum curators - directional signage on walking through the exhibit and how to exit could be greatly improved.
Written September 28, 2022
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Arin
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Janetwlu
Pasadena, CA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
While I didn't give it a 5, that was only because it was under construction. It is definitely worth the 5 euro per person. Also, if you are visiting Barcelona, go here first because the ticket also gets you in to many other museums throughout the city. Very fascinating and informative!
Written December 13, 2022
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permia
Ireland63,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A fabulous layout comprises impressively lengthy walkways over the Roman remains. It was wonderful traversing the expansive ruins and seeing the remarkable preservation of these treasures from antiquity.

Fascinating to learn that all is based on a serendipitous development. In 1931 while reconstructing Casa Padellàs after its block by block relocation to Plaça del Rei Roman ruins were found. Archaeological investigations began, and the rest is history.

Later Christian and Visigoth times are documented. A marvellous Palace Chapel in stone from the early 1400s has terrific stained glass and a striking altar area.

By the 15th century the city’s first golden period had begun to wane and this is well described.
Written March 21, 2023
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dese2
Auburn, NY3,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We found this museum online before our trip, it was a bit more difficult to locate in town. But finally, we found it. The entry is marked but we missed it going in. There is a cost, but it was minimal - I don't even remember how much.
There are several floors to this museum so pick up a map. There is even a below level where more excavation is ongoing.
Within the museum there are many signs to identify the displays and most have English translations. Some beautiful pieces on display and much to help explain the long history of Barcelona which we enjoyed.
This makes a great way to get to know the history and culture of this beautiful city. Be prepared to spend a couple hours at least.
Written June 11, 2024
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Moscow, Russia146,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The permanent exhibition of the historical origins of the city appeared only in the 20th century. When the construction of Via Laietana began in 1931, several fragments of the ancient settlement of Barcino were unearthed. After that, full-scale excavations of the burials were carried out, and already in 1943 a museum was opened in their place.
Written December 8, 2022
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augieray
Jersey City, NJ147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A very interesting visit for anyone interested in the history of Barcelona or archeology. Buried under modern-day Barcelona is the original Roman city of Barcino. The remains date back to the 1st century BC. A series of elevated walkways allow you to walk around and over the ruins, learning about the history and function of the facilities.

It seemed parts were closed for COVID, and we weren't always very clear of the recommended path to take through the museum.
Written March 27, 2022
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