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“A beautiful Placa”

Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA
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Barcelona Guided Walking Tour: Secrets of the Gothic Quarter and History Museum
Ranked #33 of 743 things to do in Barcelona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ancient and medieval Barcelona in the monumental ensemble beneath Plaça del Rei, organised in the 20th century. A tour through 4,000 square metres in an underground archaeological site that takes us from Barcino to Barcinona. Exhibition on the emergence of the medieval city. Visit to the Palau Reial Major palace.
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Walking down The Rambla, came across this beautiful Placa, filled with happy people and surrounded by wonderful Catalonia restaurants. The menus were mouth watering with a very lovely seafood paella,Cava and the atmosphere making for a wonderful evening

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

If you are a fan of Roman history this museum is a must see. The excavations underneath the main building are quite amazing. So well displayed and accessible. You can have an audio guide in English, part of the entrance fee, and I advise that you take one. The museum in general explains the history of the city from 1st century a.d. There is a short film which plays on a loop in different languages, including English, so you have to wait for your language to come around but worth a look, and also gives you the chance to sit down for 10 minutes in the cool!

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We just dropped-in with no real expectations. This place is fantastic! The ruins and walk ways are really interesting and well described. On a typical hot day, a great place to get in the cool and a lovely shaded square outside. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Saw a documentary just before leaving home and so had it on my list of things to see - and I was not disappointed.
The ruins beneath the modern streets are beautifully displayed and the audio guide puts it all in context so one gets the feel of Barcelona in ancient times. Loved the fish sauce area, the laundries and the wine storage in particular.
Other sections of the museum also well set out and explained. A must see for history buffs.

Thank Jenny A
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

The MUHBA location at the Placa del Rei is a great way to spend time in Barcelona if the weather isn't so good.

The star attraction is the extensive Roman ruins which I thought were really well presented. Combined with the audioguide, there was a real effort made to give a sense not of the remains as frozen in time but as just one part of the changing streetscene in ancient Barcino/early Barcelona. Once you get out of the ruins there are quite a few rooms about medieval Barcelona which are also pretty good and really interesting as a crash course in medieval Spanish history. You could spend hours here, the only limitation being how much stamina you have with reading exhibits.

When we were there there was also an exhibition of street photography on life in Barcelona under Franco, which I found really interesting and wished I could have found out a bit more about- given how recent this still is for Catalans its perhaps unsurprising that there's little museum coverage of the period. The MUHBA ticket also lets you in to the civil war air raid shelter at Montjuic, although it's only open on Sundays so I couldn't make it.

Also, I've noticed some reviewers mention the lack of English on signs- for the medieval part of the exhibition at least, there are leaflets in English which translate all the boards that you can pick up at the entrance to each room.

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