History Museum of Catalonia

 Tourist information about the Museum of History of Catalonia, in the Old Port of Barcelona
Palau de Mar. Author: Cristian Atudoroae
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.

An itinerary through history

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 origins. 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. We are talking about the only building that has been preserved from the old industrial port of Barcelona.
The Palace of the Sea was built between 1885 and 1900 following the project of the engineer Maurici Garrán, inspired by the English port buildings of the time. In 1992 it has been extensively restored and modernized.
Address: 3 Pau Vila Square - Barcelona 08003
Tel.: +34 932 254 700
Fax: +34 932 254 758
E-mail: mhc.cultura@gencat.cat
Website: www.en.mhcat.cat
Tuesday: 10am to 7pm.
Wednesday: 10am to 8pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 7pm Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 2.30pm.

Closed: Mondays not public holidays, January 1 and 6, May 1, June 5, December 25 and 26.
Combined entry (Permanent exhibition + temporary exhibition)
General admission: 6.50 €
Reduced admission (over 65, under 25, pensioners, people with disabilities): 4.50 €
Special reduced admission (large and single parent families): 4.50 €
Under 8 years old, groups of students accompanied by teachers, unemployed people, professional tourist guides: free admission
The last Tuesday of each month, October to June, February 12, March 8, April 23, May 18, September 11 and September 24: free admission.

Permanent exhibition
General admission: 4.50 €
Reduced admission: 3.50 €
Special reduced admission: 2 €

Temporary exhibition
General admission: 4 €
Reduced admission: 3 €
Special reduced admission: 1.50 €
Public transport
Public transport
Metro. Barceloneta (L4 line), 250m away.
Bus. Lines 14, 39, 45, 51, 59, 64, 120, D20, H14, V15 and V17.
Tourist bus. Museu d'Història de Catalunya stop (red route).
GPS: 41°22'51.2"N 2°11'08.6"E / 41.380904, 2.185733