Catalan Museum of Archaeology

Catalan Museum of Archaeology

Catalan Museum of Archaeology
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Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Sants-Montjuíc
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  • Espanya • 10 min walk
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  • Jim A
    Sydney, Australia500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good archaeological museum
    If you want to know about the ancient history of Barcelona this is the place to go to. Lots of good exhibits, some with English language versions, some not. A really good temporary exhibit on shipwrecks, both roman and 19th century british. There was hardly anyone there when I visited. People are missing out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • IvanSusanin1613
    Cleveland, Ohio201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A jewel in the crown of the city
    The exhibits on the prehistory , ancient pre-Roman, and Roman eras of Catalan history are particularly intriguing. We often are unaware of the diversity of prehistoric and ancient cultures that called Catalonia their home. The museum was well organized, and if I recall correctly most, if not all of the plaques were available in English and Spanish, as well as in Catalan. The thick Museum guide that was on sale only happened to have the Catalan language version available, but that can be remedied with an English, or Spanish to Catalan dictionary!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • SugarMountain1
    Cedar Falls, Iowa56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular displays from prehistorical to medieval times
    Well displayed, this material started with very early humans (not necessarily just Homo sapiens) to medieval times. There was also a special exhibit of underwater archaeology. It would have been nice to spend more time there. There was good use of media--except that most exhibits did not have English language information next to the objects. There was Catalan and Spanish, but English was available only on large cards that were cumbersome to use. Luckily my brother and I could read quite a bit of the Spanish. This is a museum of international appeal, and I would recommend it even if the language is a problem. Anybody can appreciate the displays.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent archaeological museum
    The "Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya", MAC is an archaeological museum that exposes the most important archaeological collection of Catalonia, focusing on prehistoric times and ancient history. It has five branches, in different places, and the one in Barcelona, MAC Barcelona, covers an area of 4,000 square meters and it is structured into five chronological spaces: prehistory, protohistory, the Greek and Phoenician colonisations, the Roman Empire. and the Visigoths, marking the start of the medieval period. There are no exceptional archaeological finds, but hose present are very well valorized. Fixed explanations mainly in Catalan, a few in Spanish and English. There are also several interesting multimedia and virtual reality points.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Snodes
    London, United Kingdom154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum - hides itself well!
    Really good museum, the current Imperium exhibition is excellent with v good use of digital effects over ancient exhibits. For some reason Barcelona doesn’t seem to want anyone to find this place - it doesn’t come up on searches and a lot of the info is in Catalan. Well worth a visit - just hop on the funicular from Paral-lel metro and it’s a nice walk back down the hill thru the gardens.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Snodes
London, UK154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Really good museum, the current Imperium exhibition is excellent with v good use of digital effects over ancient exhibits. For some reason Barcelona doesn’t seem to want anyone to find this place - it doesn’t come up on searches and a lot of the info is in Catalan. Well worth a visit - just hop on the funicular from Paral-lel metro and it’s a nice walk back down the hill thru the gardens.
Written 23 May 2024
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p_qrs_t
Baltimore, MD11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
An outstanding tour of history from the Stone Age onwards. The video of archeologists diving for sunken ships was excellent . The collection was very well curated
Written 13 May 2024
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The "Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya", MAC is an archaeological museum that exposes the most important archaeological collection of Catalonia, focusing on prehistoric times and ancient history. It has five branches, in different places, and the one in Barcelona, MAC Barcelona, covers an area of 4,000 square meters and it is structured into five chronological spaces: prehistory, protohistory, the Greek and Phoenician colonisations, the Roman Empire. and the Visigoths, marking the start of the medieval period.
There are no exceptional archaeological finds, but hose present are very well valorized.
Fixed explanations mainly in Catalan, a few in Spanish and English.
There are also several interesting multimedia and virtual reality points.
Written 5 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SugarMountain1
Cedar Falls, IA56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Well displayed, this material started with very early humans (not necessarily just Homo sapiens) to medieval times. There was also a special exhibit of underwater archaeology. It would have been nice to spend more time there.

There was good use of media--except that most exhibits did not have English language information next to the objects. There was Catalan and Spanish, but English was available only on large cards that were cumbersome to use. Luckily my brother and I could read quite a bit of the Spanish. This is a museum of international appeal, and I would recommend it even if the language is a problem. Anybody can appreciate the displays.
Written 5 October 2023
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IvanSusanin1613
Cleveland, OH201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The exhibits on the prehistory , ancient pre-Roman, and Roman eras of Catalan history are particularly intriguing. We often are unaware of the diversity of prehistoric and ancient cultures that called Catalonia their home. The museum was well organized, and if I recall correctly most, if not all of the plaques were available in English and Spanish, as well as in Catalan. The thick Museum guide that was on sale only happened to have the Catalan language version available, but that can be remedied with an English, or Spanish to Catalan dictionary!
Written 2 October 2023
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Jim A
Sydney, Australia500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
If you want to know about the ancient history of Barcelona this is the place to go to. Lots of good exhibits, some with English language versions, some not. A really good temporary exhibit on shipwrecks, both roman and 19th century british. There was hardly anyone there when I visited. People are missing out.
Written 24 August 2023
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permia
Ireland62,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
At the beginning an impressive schematic show our human lineage, from Australopithecus africanus to ourselves, spanning about 3 million years. This great institution marks milestones along this lengthy line.

A diorama shows a cave with our ancestors with one figure creating animal paintings. Tools from stone and bone show adaptive progress down the aeons. Funerary remains are a further key segment of our story.

Cave paintings are one of the highlights. In some cases ghostly outlines cogently show creative artistic impulses from many millennia in the past.

Greek and Roman civilisations have absorbing artefacts to illustrate their empires. Mosaics, capitals, sarcophagi and sculptures show the scale of their cultural achievements.

A fine extensive section on shipwrecks, of which there have been multitudes, is apt considering the importance of the sea in the lives of the region.
Written 12 March 2023
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Joan V
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Solo
Great new exhibition: Shipwrecks. About subaquatic archaeology. I especially recommend it. You can book guided tours online on Sundays.
Written 15 July 2022
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Arin
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Very few signs are in English but you can use the QR codes dotted around the museum to listen to an audioguide in several languages, which is needed if you want to enjoy everything on display. The first exhibition was about funerary practices and it was really interesting to see the recreations of tombs and crypts. Then it moved onto archaeological finds specific to Catalonia which gave a great insight into the civilisations that came before the Spanish rule. There was also a temporary exhibit but nothing was in English and there were no audioguide QR codes. Overall it was an enjoyable experience but the Barcelona card only gave a discount and I don't think it was worth the price paid
Written 16 November 2021
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Paula V
The Villages, FL182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We have been in Archeology museums all over the world and this one is so impressive in how it is organized and quality of exhibits. We did the audio tour, Senior discount, very inexpensive. The layout is starting in Neolithic period moving forward. Not only does it have some impressive artifacts, but includes an easy to use virtual reality sections where you have 360 view of where the the artifacts were found with narrative. Plan to spend about 2 hours. No crowd. We took the hop on hop off and stopped somewhere on Montjuic. Then a short walk to museum. Not so easy to find. I am sure a city bus would get near. Do not miss this gem.
Written 20 January 2020
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