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Museu d'Historia de 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
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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

Ancient and medieval Barcelona in the monumental ensemble beneath Plaça del...

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.

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This museum is the ideal place to start your visit to Barcelona as you are walking around the Roman beginnings of the city. The audio tour is very useful, providing a real insight... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2016
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2016

This museum is the ideal place to start your visit to Barcelona as you are walking around the Roman beginnings of the city. The audio tour is very useful, providing a real insight into early life in the area.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 11, 2016

We came on this museum by accident and so glad we did! It is essentially a walk through an extensive archeological excavation of Barcelona in Roman times combined with a beautiful palace of the late middle ages - used as a setting to tastefully tell 2000 years of Barcelona history. The videos were very well done and informative. The walk... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed December 9, 2016

I enjoyed the impressive videos showing the construction and destruction of the Roman ruins, they were brought to life rather then looking like a pile of rocks. Our city tour guide told us about this museum and Im glad she did!

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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

If you want to have an idea of Barcelona´s history, travel back in time discovering ruins and photographs.

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Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

This is the best secret in Barcelona -- at least to foreign tourists! We haven't met anyone else who's been here and it's such a unique place. The elevator takes you down almost 2000 centuries to real roman remains of fish shops and fabric dying shops and an amazing historical experience. Don't miss this one.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

I hope I am reviewing the right place. I'm referring to the museum that is in plaza del rei. Sincere thanks to all the Tripadvisors who alerted me to this awesome place which was not publicised anywhere. We had difficulty locating it as it is not signposted, and even the lady at the tourist information in Barri Gotti seemed a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 29, 2016

The museum on Barcelona's modern history is nothing crazy special. However The excavations beneath are amazing. There is so much down there and as a ancient Rome nerd I loooovved it. Cost not much also.

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Greenford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 28, 2016

The Museum is good for new students, who don't know anything of the history of Catalunya. The Islamic period is not covered in details, as it did never exist.

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Arcata, California
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Reviewed November 25, 2016

In terms of fascinating, this museum really does it. Here you can see the remains of the Roman city of Barcino. The elevator (watch out: it closes quickly) descends to the First Century BC and runs through the Sixth Century AD. Walkways make it very easy to walk through this ancient city in its variation incarnations with the streets and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 18, 2016

This museum is really the underground archaeological remains of the Roman city of Barcino. It is stunning with glass walkways over the excavated wine-shop, fish salting shops, homes etc with the foundations of an old Visigoth church built after the Romans left. You can even look up into a Roman watchtower. This museum, most of which is undergound is not... More 

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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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