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Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

The Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona is the natural history museum of Barcelona, further founded over 130 years as an institution; currently storing a natural heritage collection consisting for instance of over three million specimens, for instence. The collection comprises articles from a wide range of fields; moreover including mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, zoology and botany. In addition, the collection has been enriched from year to year by donations from private individuals and through agreements between the museum, the Barcelona Zoo and Catalan National Parks.

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The museum venues

Subsequently, the divisions of this museum are actually spread out in the city within three main locations:

# 1 The Martorell Museum in Ciutadella Park

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The Martorell Museum in Ciutadella Park is a neoclassical building, designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias; which houses, for instance, the geology and paleontology collections, as well as a library specializing in these fields. However, these will soon be moved to the Castell dels Tres Dragons (Castle of the Three Dragons) building; which subsequently houses the Nature Laboratory. In addition, the laboratory currently contains the zoology collections. The facility is used to carry out scientific research by the museum and to manage the content of the collections. However, the building itself was originally built as a café-restaurant for the 1888 Universal Exposition and is moreover rich in artistic and architectural importance.

Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona

Opening hours: Temporally closed

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# 2 The Botanical Garden in Montjüic

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Moreover, the Botanical Garden of Montjüic offers visitors a view of vegetation from five different regions in the world with a Mediterranean-type climate. Moreover, the purposes of the garden are the conservation and documentation of Catalan natural heritage; and the promotion of a knowledge and respect for nature. In addition, the Historic Botanical Garden is a smaller garden in the Foixarda section of Montjuic, behind the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The park is enclosed by steep slopes; and further located in a shady region, allowing for lower temperatures favored by Euro-Sierian species grown there.

Address: Carrer Doctor Font I Quer, 2, 08038 Barcelona

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 20:00

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# 3 The Museu Blau in Forum Park

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The Museu Blau was built by architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2004; and opened in March of 2011 as a dynamic facility with plenty to offer; including for instance exhibitions, workshops, conferences and a media resource center. The 9,000 square meters of the museum are distributed into 2 floors. In addition, the building also features a huge, open-access foyer where all exhibitions start and end. The building facilities include a conference hall, lecture rooms, a shop, temporary exhibition spaces, a media library with an extensive digital archive of audio documents and audiovisual presentations; in the same vein, as well reference books, a “Science Nest” educational area for children under 6 years old; and in the same vein “Planeta Vida”, a benchmark exhibition that interprets the Earth today as an interaction between the physical and chemical environments of our globe and human beings.

Address: Plaza Leonardo da Vinci, 4, 6, 08019 Barcelona

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00

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Practical information


Phone: (+34) 932566002

Email: museuciencies@bcn.cat

How to get there

Address: Plaça Leonardo da Vinci 4-5, Parc del Forum, 08019, Barcelona


  • Metro – L4 (yellow line). Maresme-Forum station (Rambla Prim exit)
  • Bus – 43, H16(Forum ), 7, 36, 99; in the same vein, there are tourist bus (green route, operates from 15/04 to 25/09), B23
  • Car – in addition, the nearest car parks are in the Forum building and Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre
  • Biking – moreover the nearest stations: 158 Rambla Primand 160-Av. Eduard Maristany, 1-Forum

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  • Museu Blau: €6, Museu Blau Reduced Admission €2.70
  • Temporary exhibition: €5; Temporary exhibition, Reduced Admission €3.50
  • Combined admission fee, Museu Blau – Botanical Garden: €7, Reduced €3.50
  • Combined admission fee, permanent exhibition “Planeta Vida” – temporary exhibition: €9

Opening hours

  • October – February: Tuesday-Friday 10-18h, Saturdays 10-19h, Sundays and holidays 10-20h
  • March – September: Tuesday-Saturday 10-19h, Sundays and holidays 10-20h
  • Closed on Mondays (however, except for public holidays), January 1, May 1, December 25
  • Free admission first Sunday of every month; in addition, with all day and Sundays through the year from 15h, February 12, May 18 and September 24

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