The Barcelona Archaeology Museum seeks to show visitors the development of Catalonia and its environment during ancient times. Located in Montjuic Park, also home to the Poble Espanyol and the magic fountain, the Museu Arqueologic also includes artifacts from other ancient civilizations, including the Greeks and the Romans. Built for the 1929 World’s Fair, the Archaeology Museum in Catalonia features discoveries from nearby ruins. Some of the most famous archaeological ruins in Catalonia are Castell, from the sixth century BC, and Coll del Moro whose cemetery dates from 800 to 500 BC. The most famous archaeological site in this region is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Roca dels Moros, a cave that was occupied by humans for 5,000 years.
A trip to this museum will reveal details about what was discovered at these archaeological sites and what scholars have interpreted about the people and how they lived. The Barcelona Archaeology Museum is open on Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 3:30 pm until 7 pm. On Sundays and holidays, the Museu Arqueologic is open from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is low, and if you present your Barcelona Card, you will earn an additional discount of this price. To reach the museum using public transportation, take the Metro to the Espanya stop.
The particular emphasis on the archaeological remains of Catalonia makes this museum a regional treasure. While there are many archaeological museums throughout the world, not many of them feature artifacts that were discovered in the immediate vicinity. To learn about another aspect of Barcelona’s rich history, visit the Archaeology Museum in Catalonia. For even more history, also plan a visit to the Maritime Museum.
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