Barcelona hosts an array of very well curated museums on many different topics – from Medieval to modern art, from Picasso to Marilyn Monroe. You might have heard of the wax museum or even the hemp museum. But what are some alternative and lesser known cool museums in Barcelona you can include to your itinerary? Here is our top 5:
Museum of World Cultures
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 12, Born Web: www.museuculturesmon.bcn.cat
Barcelona is a truly cosmopolitan city and the streets buzz with guests and residents from all over the world. The Museum of World cultures is just around the corner from the famous Picasso museum and it is a hidden gem in that it is much more relaxing than its neighbor. It exhibits the cultural diversity of different cultures from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania through art and has an impressive collection of ancient pieces. The museum was inaugurated in relatively recently – in 2015 – so it is also kids friendly in explaining art history. Entrance ticket: 5 EUR
Museum of History of Catalonia
Address: Plaça de Pau Vila, 3 (Barceloneta) Web: www.mhcat.cat
Located right by the old port in an old warehouse, this museums gives a very in depth and comprehensive overview of the history of Catalonia – from the first settlements in the region over 4000 years ago to the present day. It answers many questions about the Catalan identity and past and has interactive and fun installations. You can easily spend 2 or 3 hours inside and don´t miss the rooftop terrace that has a fantastic lounge bar with great views over the marina. Entrance ticket: 6 EUR.
Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36 (Born) Web: www.museuxocolata.cat
A wonderful, entertaining option if you are travelling with kids or if, like us, you just love chocolate. This museum is very conveniently located right next to the Park of the Citadel and boats a collection of masterpieces that were made from chocolate. It also shows how chocolate is produced as well giving the opportunity to participate in tastings and workshops. A true hidden treasure in the heart of the city. Entrance ticket: 6 EUR, free for children under 7
Cosmo Caixa / Planetarium
Address: Carrer d’ Isaac Newton, 26 (Sarria) Web: www.cosmocaixa.com
Another option that is very suitable for family fun is the Cosmo Caixa or Science museum of Barcelona. Although it´s location is not very central, it is absolutely worth the trip as once inside, you can spend nearly half a day exploring and learning. It has an impressive collection of materials on physics, chemistry and botanic that are presented in a very children-friendly manner. And the huge outdoor gardens are a big plus so make sure to pack some lunch. Entrance ticket: 4 EUR
Address: Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8 (Montjuic) Web: www.caixaforum.es
La Caixa is Catalonia´s biggest bank and apart from sponsoring the science museum, it is also the main contributor to La Caixa Forum – a gallery that hosts temporary expositions from some of the most famous artists in the world. Currently there is one on Andy Warhol but make sure to check their website to see what´s on as it differs every month. Additionally, the museum is housed in an impressive Modernist building by Josep Puig i Cadafalch – and old factory with an uneven rooftop that is worth a visit itself.