Like many cities in Spain, the city of Barcelona goes back several centuries, back to when the lands were controlled by Roman civilizations, Iberian tribes, and other groups of people. There is evidence of this in various parts of the city, as we can still see ruins of previous constructions, old city walls, and architecture that has withstood the test of time. While there are many places around the city where you can take in some archaeology from the city’s past, you might as well go straight to the source and tour the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia. Go back in time and discover Barcelona’s history and past and learn about the people and cultures that helped to form the city as we know it today.
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A bit about the museum network
The museum actually consists of various sites and buildings that form a network across Catalonia, some of which can be found right here in Barcelona. In Montjuïc stands the Barcelona branch of the museum, which houses several artifacts and collections. Other branches of the museum can be found in Girona, Empúries, Olèrdola, and Ullastret. Along with the buildings, there are several archaeological sites in Catalonia where you can see ruins and remains from the city’s past. All of the branches and sites are unique in that they hold different collections and artifacts for the public to view.
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The museum in Barcelona
The Barcelona branch of the museum is housed in the former Palace of the Graphic Arts which was built for the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona. In 1932 the building was converted into a museum, gathering artifacts and collections over the years to display. The archaeology collection is arranged both chronologically and by region so that you can explore Catalonia from its origin until the Middle Ages, learning about the Iberian people and other neighboring cultures. Tickets cost €4.50 for adults but the museum has several days throughout the year that has free entrance, in addition to reduced prices for certain groups. You can also visit some sites for free, such as the El Born Market, which is now dedicated to showing ruins of the city’s past.
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Collections and artifacts
In the Barcelona branch of the museum, you can see artifacts that have been recovered from several civilizations, like the Iberians, Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Visigoths, and even prehistoric peoples. While the museums have permanent collections, some pieces travel between the different branches so that they can be enjoyed across Catalonia. You can check the museum’s website to stay up-to-date on events and exhibitions, since they are constantly changing. The museum also offers workshops for all ages so that kids and families can learn a little bit more about the history of Barcelona and Catalonia. Plan your visit and discover the thrilling past of the Ciudad Condal!
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