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Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia (Museu Arqueologic de Catalunya)

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Address: Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41 | Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
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+34 934 23 21 49
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Sun 10:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nice little museum, with modern exhibits, too bad about Catalan-only texts

Nice, compact museum away from the crowds elsewhere in Barcelona. Many of the displays are up to date, with the best one (hands-on displays on ancient boat construction... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Guy H
Merelbeke, Belgium
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Merelbeke, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, compact museum away from the crowds elsewhere in Barcelona. Many of the displays are up to date, with the best one (hands-on displays on ancient boat construction techniques) less than a year old. Make sure not to miss the excellent sculpture and mosaik displays on the upper floor. Unfortunately, as in many other musea in the city, displays in... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting museum for the past of Catalunya and Iberia too. It is made in a modern way and it is accesible to hanticap persons.

Thank dimosfiotakis
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent archaeological exhibition, beautifully curated in modern and up-to-date (oh, the irony) facilities. The collection is thematically organized within a broad, chronological framework covering prehistory, antiquity and the Middle ages. However, the installations theselves are thematically oriented, covering topics as diverse as death, social structure, technology, medicine and so on, whic was really enjoyable. The exhibition could well do with... More 

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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Broad collection of artefacts from prehistoric times, stone/bronze, Phoenician , Greek, Roman, and Iberic times found in Catalonia.

Thank MrTrovador
Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I know we're in Spain, but I imagine they would get a large number of non-Spanish speaking visitors. For the first part (prehistoric) they provided a large booklet in English, but this was difficult to follow because there was no numbering system or key. Only Spanish booklets were provided for the rest of the museum. Tempered the overall experience.

Thank Travellingblu
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This museum deals with Catalonia's history or prehistory from the Stone Age to the Roman period. Early parts of the period have a great deal of objects but few labels in English. Some of these especially on the construction of passage tombs looked interesting but was hard to tell as could not read the labels. It changes when it comes... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This museum is pretty good, with a lot of interesting exhibits well displayed and a very small admission price. There was very little in English, but about half way through the museum we noticed a group of young people reading from printed pages which we assumed were room guides. We had missed them, so most of the time we weren't... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This museum tells the story of the region, from Prehistory until the early middle ages! It has a lot of exhibits and the explanations are clear, although almost entirely in Catalan and Spanish. It was very interesting to visit! However, we were basically the only visitors!!!

Thank Alexandre C
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

The museum is located away from many other popular museums. We took a bus there from Juan Miro Foundation. It was a Wednesday afternoon and to our surprise we were the only visitors there. The exhibition halls are vast and the displays are adequate and well arranged. The labels could be improved a little. Still, a good museum worthy of... More 

Thank Sara S
Tampere, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

The theme of this museum was very interesting and the displays looked interesting too. That's why it was a shame there was nothing to describe the displays in English, only the main guides on the wall, so it wasn't a very good experience for me. Not even booklets were offered in English. There was a video display of the arcaeological... More 

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