Barcelona Ramblas Museums

Art, Culture and History in the City Centre

This list of Barcelona Ramblas Museums covers seven museums on or very close to The Ramblas.

As is the case with most of my Ramblas articles, we begin at the top and work down so El Raval is on your right and the Barri Gòtic is on the left.

The most interesting buildings, which are worth visiting whether your interested in the museum topic or not, are the Palau de la Virreina, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (CASM), Museu de Cera de Barcelona and the magnificent Museu Marítim.

As a resident, I find myself calling in on the CCCB very regularly and I always take foreign guests to the Maritime Museum because I love it.

Most of the Barcelona Ramblas Museums offer a reduction on the entrance fee if you have a Barcelona Card, and MACBA and CCCB offer free entrance to holders of the Barcelona Museum Card.



Palau de la Virreina - Centre de l'Imatge

Palau de la Virreina - Centre de l'Imatge

The Palau de la Virreina is located on the Raval side of the Rambla de Sant Josep just a little way up from the Boqueria Market.

The Virreina is a public museum, which opened as a museum in 1968 and has served different purposes since then.

It is currently a modern art museum run by the Culture Department of the Generalitat.

This magnificent building was built between 1772 and 1778 for Manuel Amat i Junyent, Marquis of Castellbell and Viceroy of Peru and is worth visiting itself.

This is one of the Barcelona Ramblas Museums that is worth visiting for its architecture alone.

Entrance is free.

Palau de la Virreina - Centre de l'Imatge
La Rambla 99,
08001 Barcelona
Tel. 93 301 77 75

Barcelona Erotic Museum - Museu de l'Eròtica de Barcelona

Barcelona Erotic Museum - Museu de l'Eròtica de Barcelona

The Barcelona Erotic Museum is located on the Rambla dels Estudis almost directly opposite the Palau de la Virreina.

The Museu de l'Eròtica is a private museum, which opened in 1997.

The Erotic Museum houses 10 permanent exhibitions that cover topics such as the Kama Sutra, Modern Pin-Ups, Sado-Masochism and Spanish King Alfonso XIII`s private video collection.

Museu de l'Eròtica de Barcelona
La Rambla 96 bis
08002 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 318 98 65

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum - MACBA

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum - MACBA

The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona is located about 5 minutes walk off The Ramblas in Plaça dels Àngels in the Raval neighbourhood.

MACBA is a public museum, which opened in 1995.

The permanent collection focuses mainly on Catalan and Spanish art from the mid-20th century to the present although some international painters are represented.

MACBA also programmes challenging temporary exhibitions and stimulating workshops.

MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 412 08 10

Barcelona Centre Of Contemporary Culture - CCCB

Barcelona Centre Of Contemporary Culture - CCCB

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is also located in El Raval and is very close to MACBA.

CCCB,which opened in 1994, is more of a public exhibition space than a museum.

Centred around the general theme of The City and Urban Culture, CCCB organises exhibitions, festivals, concerts, cinema showings, courses and conferences.

The enormous building, which dedicates 4,000 square metres to exhibitions and includes an auditorium, library and various project rooms, was built in 1802 and served as the Barcelona Poor House until 1957.

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Montalegre, 5
08001 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 306 41 00 

Arts Santa Mònica

Centre d'Art Santa Mònica - CASM

Arts Santa Mònica, formerly Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (CASM), is located in the Raval side of Rambla de Santa Mònica.

Arts Santa Mònica is a public museum of contemporary art and culture, which opened in 1988.

It has no permanent collection but hosts regular travelling exhibitions of contemporary Spanish and international artists throughout the year and seeks to look for creative connections between art, science and technology.

The building that hosts Arts Santa Mònica is a 1636 Augustinian convent that became a monument of national interest in 1984.

Entrance is free.

Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (CASM)
Rambla Santa Mónica, 7
08002 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 316 28 10

Barcelona Wax Museum - Museu de Cera de Barcelona

Barcelona Wax Museum - Museu de Cera de Barcelona

The Barcelona Wax Museum is located just off The Ramblas on the Barri Gòtic side of Rambla de Sant Mònica.

The Museu de Cera is a private museum, which opened in 1973.

It holds an important collection of over 200 wax figures of real and imaginary personalities and receives over 200,000 visits every year.

Its adjoining café El Bosc de les Fades - The Fairy Wood - is particularly popular with children.

The Wax Museum is housed in the old Bank of Barcelona building, which dates back to 1867.

Museu de Cera de Barcelona
Ptge. Banca, 7
Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 317 26 49


Maritime Museum - Museu Marítim

Maritime Museum - Museu Marítim

The Barcelona Maritime Museum is located just off The Ramblas on the Raval side of Rambla de Sant Mònica.

The Museu Marítim is a public museum, which opened in 1936.

The main building occupies the Drassanes Reials de Barcelona, which dates back to at least 1243, and was the Barcelona shipyard between the 12th and 18th centuries.

The fantastic collection reflects Barcelona's role as one of the Mediterranean's most important commercial and military ports for a 1,000 years and includes working sea vessels.

Definitely one of the best Barcelona Ramblas museums.

Museu Marítim
Av. de les Drassanes s/n,
08001 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 342 99 20

Centre d'Interpretación de la Vía Sepulcral Romana

Via Sepulcral Museu d'Histora de Barcelona

The Centre d'Interpretación de la Vía Sepulcral Romana is just off Rambla de Canaletes in Plaça Vila de Madrid along Carrer Canuda.

The Centre d'Interpretación is a public museum, run by MUHBA - Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - and it opened in 2009.

The exibition space contains exhibits from the accompanying Roman Necropolis and explains the death ceremonies involved in burial and cremation.

It provides a fascinating insight into Barcino - Roman Barcelona.

Centre d'Interpretación de la Vía Sepulcral Romana
Pl. De la Vila de Madrid
08002 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 256 21 00



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