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Museu de Cera: The Wax Museum

Museu de Cera is located in the middle of the famous Ramblas in the former head quarters of the bank of Barcelona building dating 1867 and it’s considered to be quite an antique museum. This is seen to be the private museum of Barcelona which includes an important collection of over 200 wax figures of real and fictional characters and annually receives around 200,000.

There are more than 360 figures of kings, murderess, popes and other famous personalities almost lifelike as the great model of the Madame Tassauds in London. The focus of the figures in Barcelona is on personalities of the Spanish- Catalan history and the region as well as the internationally known figures.

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History of Museu de Cera

The wax museum was built in 1867 by general credit company ‘trade’ founded by Ignatius Agrafel Girona. In 1874 many of riches as jewellery cash or bank drafts of the Barcelona Elite were stored in this building which is a nineteenth century palace and is seen to be a neoclassical building in regards to the interest of historical contrast.

This shrine is dedicated to wax reproduction of various historical and fictional characters; this has a horror room where the historical previous torture scenes are reproduced. At the exit we find two cafes attracting attention for its design, one theme is considered to be a magical place full of trees gnomes and other unexpected creatures, called the ‘forest fairies’. The other one is called the ‘passage of time’ a comfortable and front line style to read the passage of time.

Some of them main attraction of the wax museum are seen to be the grand staircase, which is located just past the museum entrance, a perfect example of the 10th center architecture.

Another attraction is seen to be the, Hall recital where the furniture and leading figures from the world of music and literature play their symphonies which are accompanied by the major political figures such as Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla.

There is a Gothic room which is in Gothic Catalan style where the stone arches are supporting a wooden deck; the grace of this illusion is projected as a mirror reflecting the other half of the arc.

As well as the courtyard glass this is covered with a glass dome, which represents many major historical stories.  There is also something called the ‘passage of terror’ where you can see the massive mass murderers in history and other scary movie characters such as Freddy Kruger.

This is an unforgettable experience for anyone who is living in accommodation near the heart of the city as the museum offers varieties of opportunities such as customized nocturnal visits, guided tours, and night dramatized visits. Visit the website for more information on tickets or extra tours.

Practical Information

  • Address: Passatge de la Banca, 7, 08002 Barcelona. Phone 933 17 26 49
  • Transport: Metro– L3 Green, Drassanes – exit Rambla.  Bus- 14, 18, 36, 38, 57, 59, 64, 91
  • Prices: Adults (Over 11years) €15. Children (5-11 years) €9. Retired €9. All Inclusive ticket €29.00 includes, Museum entry, audio guide, guidebook, exclusive photo souvenir, 10% discount at Bosc les fades, passatge del temps, El Colmado
  • Schedules: Monday – Friday: 10:00am till 1:30pm- 4.00pm till 7.30pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: from 11am to 2pm, 4:30pm till 8.30pm. Summer-10am – 10pm

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Written by: xavi


Hello there! I love to travel, and Barcelona is a great city to live, thats why I decided to write about it and share my experiences!

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