In the middle of Plaza Leonardo da Vinci, between Ronda Litoral, Rambla Prim and Avinguda Diagonal sits a building that is considered one of the highlights of Barcelona’s architectural landscape. Designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Museu Blau is the city’s natural science museum.
The triangular-shaped, two-story building is the home of more than three million pieces, a collection that was built over a period of more than one century.
The museum’s permanent exhibit is called “Planeta Vida” (Planet Life), which follows the process of the formation of Earth and its natural evolution. The exhibit starts with a video projection that presents the Big Bang.
The visitors then walk through the “Biografia de la Tierra” (Biography of the Earth) tunnel, which tells the story of life on Earth.
The next step is to enter the largest part of the exhibit, “La Tierra Hoy” (Earth Today), where visitors can observe thousands of original pieces and replicas from the animal, vegetal, mineral and fungi kingdom.
The museum also receives temporary exhibits like one of the most recent ones which featured a collection of poisonous animals.
The price of the ticket is 6€ for the permanent exhibit, 5€ for the temporary exhibit, or 7€ if you buy a combined ticket which will also allow you to visit the Botanical Garden.
Other than the exhibits the museum offers a variety of activities and workshops for adults, children, and families. One of those activities, Descobrim el Museu Blau, includes a guided tour of the museum, which happens every Sunday from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
During the Spring/Summer, the museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., staying open for an hour longer on Sundays and holidays.
If you happen to visit Barcelona at the beginning of the month, try to visit Museu Blau on a Sunday from 3 p.m. when you can enter for free.