Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, Barcelona

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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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  • I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The Roman ruins in the basement are far more extensive and well preserved than I expected. 
  • (Museum of the history of Barcelona) MUHBA retains the historical heritage of the city, from its origins to our days. You can find the Palace del Rei. Apart from its Roman ruins and works in the other rooms, admire the beautiful Sta Agatha Chapel, and the immense Tinell Hall.
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  • If you are a history buff and want to find out the various dominations that succeeded one another in Barcelona over time and that helped form the multicultural character of this city, this is the place for you. By Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, passing by the carolingians, until the reign of Aragon-Catalonia, this museum traces the history of the city through a path that winds mostly underground where you can admire the excavations have revealed Roman houses and factories, as well as remains of Visigothic domination and the trail of the great market power held by the bishops. It is a wonderful experience! The Palace on the upper floors is impressive. was given much attention to the reconstruction of the aspects of everyday life through the ages. However, most of the information is available only in Spanish and Catalan. In addition, many explanations are not particularly in-depth. Spectacular even the Augustus Temple which is located at one hundred meters from Plaça del Rei!
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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.