History of Barcelona Museum – MUHBA

MUHBA Plaça del Rei

The History of Barcelona Museum (MUHBA) is perfect for those interested in the history of the city. Its history, not too extensive, brings us to 1943, the year of inauguration of the center in its present location: Plaça del Rei.

Previously, there were also relevant proposals, the most important was the one of Duran y Sanpere during the Universal Exhibition of 1929; however, it was the transfer of the Casa Padellàs from the street Mercaders to the square, which led to the discovery of Visigoths and Roman remains in the city and represented not only one of the first major archaeological interventions, but a change in the way to see history at the time.


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MUHBA, remains of Barcino (Autor: www.happybarcelona.eu / photo on flickr )

The more than 70 years of history have collected numerous areas inside and outside the museum, among which the management of large areas like the Temple of Augustus (Paradis, 10), the Roman burial road of the Villa de Madrid, the Jewish quarter, the domus de Sant Honorat and more modern spaces that collect from bomb shelters of the Civil War to modern spaces with much of the ancient and contemporary history of the city.

Inside the museum there are pieces of Barcino period (reliefs, busts, jewelry and everyday objects), but also medieval and Renaissance pieces; It stands out above the rest of the historical and narrative line over the city from the fourth century until the 1992 Olympics: more than two thousand years of history that MUHBA collects.

Among the most important pieces that can be found in the main building, which is accessed by Casa Padellàs (XV century), and offering an extensive visit to the Royal Palace, of the medieval Romanesque (eleventh century), the Saló del Tinell or the Chapel of St. Agatha, of the late Catalan Gothic. The visit will take us to the Roman monuments and patrician busts of the first century  and the second, as well as wall paintings of the conquest of Mallorca or different portraits and coats that were part of heraldry and Catalan modernity from the seventeenth century.

The building of Barcelona History Museum at the Plaça del Rei opens from 10 to 19 hours from Tuesday to Saturday and from 10-20 hours on Sunday.

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Photo credit: www.itineri.de / Foter / CC BY-ND


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