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Museum of the City’s History

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If you want to see the past of the city of Barcelona in its entirety, from the Roman epoch down to our days, this is your museum.

The Museum of the City’s History consists of the Monumental Complex of the Plaça del Rei, the Museum-Convent of Pedralbes, the Verdaguer Museum-House and the Interpretation Centre at the Park Güell, a rich heritage covering over two thousand years.

The aim of the museum is to reassess the heritage of Barcelona. It is in charge of the conservation, research and dissemination of those items and buildings that are significant in the city’s history.

Because the best museum of a city is the city itself. It lies in its streets, squares and buildings where you can read the passage of time and its history.

This is why the cultural provision of the Museum goes a lot further than its own main building, by incorporating other historic buildings of the city and offering routes and activities to discover Barcelona.

The visit you can make below street-level to what was the colony of Augusta Barcino is very special. Here we can view the ancient Roman Forum of the second century, the remains of the Christian Basilica and Baptistery of the fourth century, tombs, mosaics, murals, over 4,000 metres of archaeological remains.

It all began years ago when the Casa Clariana Padellàs, a Gothic building dating from the fifteenth century, was affected by work on the new avenue, the Via Laietana, and the Barcelona City Council decided to preserve it by transferring it stone by stone to its current location in the Plaça del Rei.

When work started on the foundations in 1931, the remains of the Roman city of Barcino emerged, and the excavations were extended to the entire Plaça del Rei. The success of the excavations helped the decision to install the future Barcelona Museum of the City’s History in this mediaeval palace.

Finally, after the Civil War, the new Museum was opened, with some of the excavations open to the public. Later, further excavations extended the areas that could be visited.

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