Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, Barcelona

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History Museum
Step into the elevator at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA and descend into a remarkable archaeological site where you can glimpse what life was like in the Roman colony of Barcino. Be sure to pick up the complimentary audio guide from reception. Study the Roman artifacts and ruins, and watch a short film. Once you’ve finished exploring Barcino, ascend and learn how modern Barcelona was formed over the centuries. Some of the information signs on the upper levels are only in Spanish and Catalan. A leaflet in each room translates the signs into English. Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Barcelona Edition.
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  • Amazing excavations under the city - left in place - show city's development through Roman, early Christian, Romanesque, Gothic. Extremely well done and informative. Loved it.  more »
  • Have never seen such kind of museum before. You get underground and walk through the ancient city ruins, literally traveling through epochs and exploring the history of the place and roles it played o...  more »
  • A very nice tour at the time. Very well located and well preserved remains in their context. More on Sunday is free from 5 pm.
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  • Utterly unique experience, and a must for history lovers. The best part of the museum is the start, where an elevator ride down into the Roman sublayer allows you walk around the remains of the ancient colony of Barcino. The level of preservation is at times as impressive as that of Pompeii, and it was all well explained through a free audio guide. The rest of the museum is taken up by the remains of a Visigothic-era church, and though not quite matching the beauty of walking around the Roman remains it is still very well presented. You also get to go inside the throne room and chapel of the high-medieval palace currently visible on ground level, which is a nice bonus. All in all, a fascinating view into how the city of Barcelona has evolved over the millennia, and a must see for both the history aficionado and the casual tourist. (P.S. - also worth seeing are the remains of the ancient Temple of Augustus, viewable inside a medieval apartment block less than 5 minutes around the corner - make sure you go to this!)
  • I could have spent hours here. I have never seen anything like this site, ever. 100% you must see!
  • Thr museum is amazing. An audioguide walks you through centuries of ruins from Roman through medieval times underneath the city and finishes with a quick exhibit on more recent history. We easily spent 2 hours exploring the massive expanse of ruins, which provided concrete visuals related to food and wine preparation and other elements of daily life as well as remains of an early religious complex.
  • One of my top 10 museums from all over the world. It's the story of mankind, told from the perspective of the city of Barcelona. So well done. I'm so impressed!
  • The museum has a unique presentation, and the journey through the archeological remains of the roman settlement Barcana is a haunting experience. A must see for students of ancient/medieval history.