Ethnological Museum Barcelona
THE CATALAN CULTURE
The Ethnological Museum in Barcelona shows cultural objects from Catalonia. Do you know what the Corre Foc is? How did the idea of building human towers came up? Here you get an insight into the exceptional Catalan traditions.
The museum has many beautiful works on display, covering Catalan traditions and historic craftsmanship.
First-time visitors to Barcelona will want to see other museums before visiting this one. I can, however, recommend this for repeat customers!
Last Modified: 25.01.2023 | Céline
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at a glance
May 1st – September 30th:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
October 1st to April 30th:
Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Monday: day off
Last admission: 30 minutes before closingshow less
EUR 5 for adults
EUR 3,50 for young people between 16 and 29 years, pensioners from 65 years of age
Free admission for children under 16 years, every first Sunday of the month, every Sunday after 3.00 p.m.
Free admission with the Barcelona Card.
Available for 3, 4 or 5 days.
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What is there
After being closed for a fairly long time, the Ethnological Museum is finally open once again. The museum concentrates on presenting the history of Catalonia and Barcelona. The permanent collection, which can be found on the first floor, shows old furniture from Catalonia, old tools from a variety of crafts, and toys.
Currently, there is also an exhibition on “The Holy, the Profane, and Celebrations”, which gives a great overview of the many, many (and sometimes unique) traditions found in Catalonia.
Another little gem is the open depot! It is located on the basement level, where the exhibits can be found in large glass cabinets. There are numerous Christian figurines, pots and jars and glass art, but collector’s items from Bali, too, or ebony and jade art from China.
A bit of History
In the early 20th century, two institutes were founded in order to explore the cultural, social, and economic backgrounds of different societies: the “Museum of Industry and Art Trade” (in 1942), and the “Ethnological and Colonial Museum” (in 1949).
In 1962, these two collections were initially combined, and in 1973, they moved into the current building. In 1982, the two institutions separated once more before reuniting in 1999.
And now, the Ethnological Museum is going into a symbiosis with the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món – Museum of World Cultures, situated in El Born, vis-a-vis of the Picasso Museum.
Official website of the Ethnological Museum (EN): www.barcelona.cat/museu-etnologic-culturesmon/en
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