Museum of World Cultures

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Museum of World Cultures
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
The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona invites you to take a journey through the art of diverse cultures from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. This selection of rich and expressive works helps to understand and interpret reality through the viewpoint of other cultures.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Address
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 3 min walk
  • Barceloneta • 7 min walk
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
Dec 2021
Right next door to the MEAM, MOCO and Picasso museums.
I just love this fabulous well kept secret of a museum!
Its collection is fascinating, and very well displayed. You can spend hours exploring the different cultures of the world, through their lovely exhibits and interractive displays.
Much better than all the adjoining museums!
Written January 14, 2022
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
Jan 2021
What a gem of a museum!
Just across the street from the small and overrated Picasso museum, this place has an amazing collection that takes you on a wonderful journey through the world's cultures and ethnicities.
Beautiful scenography, and great information pannels in Spanish, Catalan and English.
Not to be missed!!!
Written April 14, 2021
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nikdey
manchester, uk103 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
There are many interesting pieces at this museum. Particularly the Africa and Oceanianic areas. The museum is well laid out and staff were very friendly and helpful. We spent an hour there while waiting for our prebooked slot at Picasso. For me and my family we preferred the Museum of world cultures to the Picasso museum. Next time I visit, I will allow more time and get the audio guide to provide further information.
Written March 31, 2018
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Meritxell P
Barcelona, Spain78 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
We went to Museu de Cultures del Món in July 2015.

Pros: Really interesting, well-displayed, fantastic museum. Everything is new and clean. The explanations in Catalan, Spanish and English are very detailed and the lighting is really good - it's just me or there are lots of museums out there with poor and/or strange illumination?

The exhibition is split in four: you start with Africa, then walk through Oceania, Asia (the biggest part) and America in the end. While there are fewer pieces than in other ethnographic museums we've been to (like Museé Du Quay Branly in Paris), it is a good selection and everything is well represented, especially Papua New Guinea and India.

We loved the "Research room", where they have five computers filled with traditional music, videos and all kind of information to complete and expand what you see on the displays. There is also a little "cinema" (a big screen with seats in front of it) where you can watch short stories from all around the world (in Catalan, Spanish, English and French), about 5 minutes each. They are kid-oriented but we liked them very much, give it a try!

The buildings where the museum is located are like another piece of art. Very similar to the one that hosts the Picasso Museum, they tell the story of the old Barcelona, from medieval times to the present: there are some scattered panels through the museum with explanations about the rooms.

Cons: Nothing. Well, the temperature of the air-conditioning was set too low for me, but I'm always cold, so you'll probably be OK. Anyway, I don't know if it has something to do with the conservation, but bring a jacket if you happen to be like me :)

Practical tips: Lockers available (the big ones can fit a suitcase).

Free wi-fi spots all around the museum.

Completely wheelchair-friendly, and also adapted for deaf and blind people.

Free on Sunday afternoons and evenings (15h - 20h).

Save at least two hours, three if you can!

Great location, just in front of Picasso Museum.

Overall: We loved it! It's very new (just opened in January this year) but it totally deserves to become one of the most visited museums in Barcelona. Just go there and see it by yourself!
Written July 5, 2015
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aphrodite01
Nuneaton, UK93 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
A fascinating small museum covering Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania explaining the cultural diversity of the various populations over the decades. Spread over 3 floors this will appeal to both adults and children. Not very busy and therefore a pleasure to be able to wander at your own pace. Well worth the €5 entrance (reduced to €3.50 for under 16's and over 65's).
Written September 23, 2015
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Gerard_S77
Dublin, Ireland3,897 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Across the street from the Picasso Museum is the Museum of World Cultures, i.e. Non-European Art. It contains objects from Barcelona's own Ethnology Museum and loans from the Folch Foundation. Some regions are well represented in the Museum such as India, while others with a long history such as China do not have as many objects to display.

It starts with the Arts of Africa on the ground floor. West coast Sub-Saharan Africa is the main source of the display with also a small display of Ethiopian Christian Art.

Moving upstairs to the first floor it begins with the art of Oceania. This leans heavily on works from New Guinea but native Australian works are also on show.

Further on this floor are works from India or within its cultural sphere (Burma, Thailand, etc.) The main traditions in India are all on display; Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Muslim/Mughal. Indonesia also has Hindu works on this floor.

A large part of the second floor is given over to Pre-Colombian works. Those from Meso America are from the Mayan, Aztec and other cultures.

Those objects from South America are from the Peru region and are not just Pre-Colombian but also Pre-Incan. It contains a number of Moche stirrup vessels.

The size of the East Asian collection is small compared with the others. Japanese works are diverse split between prints, ceramics, etc. while China has very few items on display and Korea a small number of ceramics.

Overall a very good museum for this material but gaps in the collection are noticeable.

Notes; Open Tuesday to Sunday. If you have the Barcelona Card it is included in the price of this.
Written September 23, 2016
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Queen Bey K
Olkhonsky District, Russia3 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Eye-openning, thrilling, beautiful pieces of art from all around the world, very interesting and of high educational value
Written August 13, 2015
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Liz S
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We spent nearly 3hours wandering around this museum. It has everything and is so overlooked. If I’d known how good it was I would have skipped the Picasso altogether and just looked here at his inspirations
Written April 1, 2019
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andantes
Llinars del Valles, Spain154 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
I have to say that although I've passed a lot of times by this place, have never been aware of it.

As it's face to face with Picasso Museum, probably this cause people don't be aware of it.

But it really deserves a visit.

It comprises items from different cultures around the globe. From masks to religious items. Every item has a text description written in Spanis, Catalan and English. This helps to know what the item is about.

The building is a old building, but there is an elevator. There are three floors, and the time to visit it it's around 1-2 hours.

I recommend it to anyone interested in other cultures, like Maya, Asian, etc, most of them unkown to us.
Written March 4, 2019
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4or5StarOnly
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We stumbled across this museum because we were going to the Picasso museum (they are opposite each other). We tried it and found it was really cheap (only @3.50 each) and very enlightening. Worth a visit.
Written May 1, 2015
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