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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 - 20:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
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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A must-see if you like history or archeology.

Fascinating museum that brings to life Roman and medieval Barcelona. Even as a history geek I've rarely been so absorbed looking at old ruins. The excavated Roman and early... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating museum that brings to life Roman and medieval Barcelona. Even as a history geek I've rarely been so absorbed looking at old ruins. The excavated Roman and early Christian ruins are marvellous. The free audioguides are detailed and informative, as are the signs in English explaining the ruins of the original basilica, episcopal palace, Roman garum and wine factories,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ended our walking tour of the gothic area at the museum. They have excavated the Roman ruins under the medieval castle. Take the elevator down (or steps) and there is Roman ruins and rooms or artifacts. Signs in English, storage, tanners, fishmongers, wine making, wine vats, original basilica, etc. Old castle is where Columbus returned in 1493 to meet... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum hoping for a comprehensive history of Barcelona. The ruins were interesting to see but it only provided a glimpse of a certain period. If you are pressed for time I would rather recommend the Museo d' Historia de Catalunya.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another one of the museums on the 6-pack ticket book. Much detail on the unrest leading to the Civil War and some of the rifts afterwards. If you are a history buff, this was very interesting but if you are just looking for art, there are probably better choices.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth an hour or more of your time to wander through roman streets and learn about the everyday life that went on!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I want to give this place 5 stars but I just can't because of the lack of English captions throughout the museum. I'm sure the audioguide has English options but would be nice to have them on a placard like Catalan and Spanish to just make life easier. I went for free today as I got a tip from TripAdvisor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We never knew when we got to barcelona that there were preserved roman ruins under the city (placa del rei no less). We thoroughly enjoyed our walk through this section and learning about the foundation of Barcelona

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a museum that you will necessarily stroll by. Once there, you will be treated to a vast and very impressive museum highlighting the history of Barcelona, starting with the fascinating excavation site of the Roman town down in the depths of the museum. Be sure to allow plenty of time here - this is not a museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The Roman ruins in the basement are far more extensive and well preserved than I expected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum offer an excellent history of Barcelona. Most striking is this building takes you through the actual Roman ruins of the city . English explanation is sparatic but was enough to keep me amazed at what I saw . Sundays after 3pm the museum has free admission .

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood 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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