A bit of History
The architects, Herzog & de Meuron, created this unusual building in 2004. With its proximity to the sea and the river of Besòs, the building itself was also named after the color blue. It’s painted in a beautiful dark blue, like an underwater world, waiting to be explored, with the occasional mirror here and there. When walking towards the entrance, you’ll discover a number of bright areas with mirrors, which reflect the blue sky, creating a beautiful view.
The museum was opened in March 2011. The Museu Blau is part of the natural science museums in the city – alongside the botanical garden, the Martorell museum and the Laboratori de Natura. These are all located in other parts of the city: In the Park de la Ciutadell, on the Montjuic, or here, at the forum.
This collaboration of natural science museums was founded over 130 years ago and has more than 3 million exhibits, which is impressive in and of itself – and it covers just about every kind of exhibit you can think of: Minerals, rock formations, or paleontological or zoological finds.