No visit to Barcelona is complete for a sports fan without a pit stop at Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch. Barcelona’s very own Olympic and Sports Museum was inaugurated in 2007, right across from the Estadi Olympic Lluís Companys. The museum’s name is an homage to former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samarach, who was also who donated a great part of the pieces featured in the museum.
The museum invites people to go on a journey through the world of sports, presenting it as a universal language which knows no barriers. Visitors get to take a peek at all of the most famous sports that exist, through interactive exhibits and the display of historical pieces which have left a mark in the Olympic and sports world.
The museum aims not only to entertain but also to educate people about sports, helping them to understand that sports are not purely a form of exercise, displaying the feats of memorable athletes who achieved greatness in their fields, and featuring exhibitions that illustrate how sports are practiced in different civilizations.
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What are the Olympic and Sports Museum’s schedules?
From October to March, Barcelona’s Olympic and Sports Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Sundays and holidays. The rest of the year the museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 10 to 2:30 pm on Sundays and holidays.
What are the Olympic and Sports Museum’s prices?
A normal ticket to the museum is priced at 5,80€ per person, while students pay 3,60€. Both children under 7 and people over 65 years of age can enter the museum for free.
If you are planning to visit the museum as a part of a group of over 10 people, the price per person will be slightly lower, costing 4,50€ per person for adults and 3€ for children under 14 years old.
There are two days of the year when the museum can be visited for free, which are May 18th, the National Museum Day, and September 24th, the day of La Mercè.
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How to get to the Olympic and Sports Museum?
Barcelona’s Olympic and Sports Musem is located at Avinguda de l’Estadi, 60. To get there, you can either use the metro, the bus, the touristic bus or the Montjuïc Funicular.
Metro: take line 1 (red) or 3 (green) and exit at Plaza Espanya
Bus: take bus 55 or 150
Bus turístic: South Route (red)
Bus Montjuïc turístic: Stop number 5
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