On February 7th at 4pm, the Museu de Cultures del Món (Museum of World Cultures) in Barcelona finally opened its doors to the public after serving as a private collection in the past. If you are looking to learn more about world cultures and how they intertwine with Catalonia, this museum contains exhibits and artifacts from all over the world with incredible history.
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Museu de Cultures del Món – Location
The Museu de Cultures del Món is located on carrer Montcada in the neighborhood called La Ribera. La Ribera is part of the “old city” of Barcelona and this particular street was built in the 12th century. It used to house the wealthy merchant class of Barcelona who made a living with trade and maritime activities. Carrer Montcada has many “palazzos” or huge medieval buildings that were once lived in by the merchants and are now being used for other things. For example, one of the gothic style palaces has been converted into The Museu Picasso of Barcelona.
Similarly, the Museu de Cultures del Món, is housed in The Nadal and Marqués de Llio Palace, two gorgeous medieval Catalan buildings worth visiting even if they did not carry the exhibits that make up the new museum. La Ribera and Carrer Montcada are beautiful places to explore before stopping in The Museu de Cultures del Món to see the art.
With that said, the new museum has thousands of works of art from all over the globe including Africa, America and Asia. The permanent collection has over 500 pieces, which will be complemented by temporary exhibits. Additionally, there are more than 2,000 pieces from the Folch Foundation collection kept in the museum for display. There is so much to see you couldn’t possibly take it in all in one day!
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Museu de Cultures del Món – Goal
The goal of the Museu de Cultures del Món is to serve as artistic representation of the heritage of Catalonia and other cultures or places around the world such as South America, Europe, Asia, and more. The exhibits hope to conserve and present these cultures through art. For example, one of the current temporary exhibits “Writings. Symbols, words, powers” addresses the theme of writing and how it developed throughout time.
The museum will remain free to the public until April 7th and then it will cost 5 Euro. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by soon to explore and discover the rich stories and histories of world cultures.
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