Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Price guide: Budget

Plaça del Rei 1, Barcelona, 08002

Price guide: Budget

Museu d’Història de Barcelona
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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Education

Best for History - Expert review of Museu d’Història de Barcelona

Artefacts from all historical periods, with extensive subterranean Roman remains.

The handsome Casa Padellàs, which was moved here stone by stone from a hundred yards away to make way for the Via Laietana, now forms the centre of the city’s history museum. The Plaça del Rei complex also incorporates the Rei Martí watchtower (currently closed to the public), the chapel of Saint Agatha and the grand Saló del Tinell, where the Catholic Kings were said to have received Columbus when he returned from the Americas.

The real highlight, though, are the extensive Roman remains that run from below the museum all the way to the cathedral. You can make out the foundations of streets, houses and traces of the various industries housed here.

Price advice: 

7 euros; 5 euros reductions.

Expert tips: 
A museum ticket also includes entrance to the pretty Gothic convent in Pedralbes.

More information on Museu d’Història de Barcelona:

Price guide:
Archaeological site, Museum
Plaça del Rei 1, Barcelona, 08002
93 315 11 11
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sept: Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Oct-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-2pm, 4-7pm, Sun 10am-8pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
History, Rainy days

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