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History Museum of Catalonia

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Palau de Mar.
In the Old Port of Barcelona we find The Museum of History of Catalonia, also known as MHC, created in 1996 to promote the knowledge and dissemination of Catalan history and culture. The MHC has an extensive collection of objects, documents, scenographies and historical recreations, which narrates in an interactive way the history of this nation, reviving different historical stages.

Within the museum there is an auditorium and a library specialized in the history of Catalonia.

The memory of a country

The permanent exhibition, which occupies the second and third floors of the museum, shows in an innovative way the history of Catalonia, from prehistory to the present, distributed chronologically in 8 phases.
✔ The roots. From the lower Paleolithic to the end of Roman times (prehistory - 8th century).
✔ The birth of a nation. The Reconquest and the political and territorial expansion (8th - 13th centuries).
✔ Our Sea. The military and commercial expansion by the Mediterranean (13th - 16th centuries).
✔ On the periphery of the Empire. The Reapers' War, the War of Succession and the The Nueva Planta decree (16th - 18th centuries).
✔ Steam and nation. From the industrial revolution to modernism (18th-19th centuries).
✔ The electric years. From the labor movement to the Civil War (from 1900 to 1939).
✔ Defeat and recovery. From the long postwar period to democracy (from 1940 to 1980).
✔ Portrait of the contemporary Catalonia (1980 to present).

Palau del Mar

The History Museum of Catalonia occupies a sector of the old General Stores of Commerce, a typical building of the 19th century port architecture, now known as Palau de Mar (Palace of the Sea). We are talking about the . Built between 1885 and 1900 following the project of the engineer Maurici Garrán, inspired by the English port buildings of the time, Palai del Mar is the only building that has been preserved from the old industrial port of Barcelona. In 1992 it has been extensively restored and modernized.

Plaça de Pau Vila, 3
Barcelona 08003
Tel.: +34 932 254 700
Opening times
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am - 2.30pm
Closed: non-holiday Mondays, January 1 and 6, May 1, June 10, December 25 and 26.
Permanent exhibition
General admission: 6 €
Reduced admission: 4 €
Temporary exhibitions
General admission: 4 €
Reduced admission: 3 €
Combined ticket
General admission: 8 €
Reduced admission: 6 €
Free admission: children under 16 years old, unemployed people, people with disabilities, student groups.
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