For a really ‘sweet’ visit, Museu de la Xocolata in Barcelona is the place to be, where you can experience some of the world’s finest chocolates. It was first opened in 2000 and now it is one of the ten most visited museums in the city. The Museu de la Xocolate is one of the smaller museums in Barcelona. But none of the other museums will tantalise your taste buds as much as this one. The fragrance of rich chocolate, trails through the halls, teasing your appetite. So the piece of chocolate that you receive at the entrance of the museum may not last for too long. If you bring children with you on your trip to Barcelona, this museum will probably be their favourite.
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Everyone who loves chocolate, either kids or adults, can join the tastings of chocolate and learn a lot about the variable consistencies of the different chocolate species. Also about the beginning and the meaning of chocolate, the circulation in Europe, the application and the usage. There are also experts, who are there to help the visitors by creating their own little chocolate works of art.
This Museu de la Xocolata definitely is really great for kids, because all the little visitors are part of a fantasy story about the discovery of cacao. The goddess Xocolat abducts you with games and anecdotes into the magical world of the black gold, to the old villages of the Mayas or to the luxury royal houses. You can have a look behind the making of chocolate and you can see artworks of this delicious tastemaker.
The Museu de la Xocolata covers a range of activities such as:
- Fruit with chocolate
- Experimenting with chocolate
- Painting with chocolate
- Discoverers of cocoa
- Chocolate tasting
- Speaking with chocolate
- Easter eggs
History of the Museu de la Xocolata
The museum is housed in a historic building that has in the past also been linked with the history of chocolate: in the 18th century, the Bourbon army of chocolate consumed in incredible quantities and with reference to this fact, the military academy made the decision to give each cadet and officer, one and a half ounces of chocolate with diced bread for breakfast. When the troops lived in barracks, taking part in the hostilities, chocolate also was used constantly. Personal army of the king, even envied called “shokolateros ” because they receive unlimited access to what they called the “black gold”.
Since the 15th century, chocolate has played an important role in the economy and trade of Barcelona. The city with its port was a real artery for the sale and export of the product.
The museum is located at Carrer de Comerc and one ticket will cost €5 for each person. For more information, click here. In terms of accommodation, you can book your apartment, located near the Museum or book a room, whichever is best suited to your needs!
Address: Carrer Comerç, 36, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
Transport: Metro – Jaume I (L4), Arc de Triomf (L1) | Bus Turístic – Barri Gòtic
Prices: Individual admission – €5 | Group admission(15 people or more) – €4 | Free admission for kids under 7.
Schedules: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 19:00. Sundays and public holidays 10:00 – 15:00.
- The Chocolate Museum is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and from 10am to 3pm on Sundays and public holidays
- Summer Opening Times: The Museum will be open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 20pm (from June 17th to September 15th). Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 15pm.