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Museo de Xocolata - Barcelona Chocolate Museum

Visit to learn about Chocolate origins in South America, cultivation & arrival in Europe. Mythical & medicinal properties, & chocolate consumption traditions

Updated: Jun 28, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.7k

About Barcelona Chocolate Museum

The Barcelona Chocolate Museum, Museo de Xocolata is located in a building of the site of the former Sant Agusta Monastery. The museum explains the origins of chocolate in South America and the history of its discovery, cultivation and arrival in Europe. The Museum also explains the mythical properties, medicinal properties, nutritional values and traditions of chocolate consumption.

Since the discovery in the 15th century, chocolate has played a role in the economic and social fabric of Barcelona, with the port acting as a starting point for the sale and distribution of the product all over Europe. The first workshop that transformed drinking chocolate into a solid product is recognised to have existed in the city at the end of the 19th century.

Museo de Xocolata History

After the war of succession, the monks were moved out and the monastery became part of the citadel fortress. The building that is the chocolate museum is actually the old army barracks of the citadel. The relationship with chocolate and the Army is that chocolate was prescribed as a food ration of the 18th century military academies. For breakfast each cadet and company officer shall be given one and a half ounces of chocolate with a quarter of a pound of bread.... When the troops were garrisoned in the citadel, chocolate was commonly eaten. The halberdier corps (Monarchs personal bodyguard) was enviously known as the chocolateros, because, they were a pampered, elite corps and consumed a great deal of chocolate.

The museum opened in 2000 as a small business of guild members. Today The Museum is owned by the Barcelona Confectionary Guild and is dedicated solely to chocolate.

Visiting Barcelona Chocolate Museum

The chocolate museum incorporates a confectionary school - Escola de Pastisseria del Gremi BCN, with large glass viewing windows into the classrooms. This is much more than a museum, offering a range of activities and workshops for all age groups.

The Entry ticket to the museum is a chocolate bar whose wrapper contains a bar code to use on the entry turnstiles.

Museu de la Xocolata Opening Hours

What to take with you for Barcelona Chocolate Museum

The chocolate museum is at street level with step free access. The museum is on the ground floor with no changes in level.

Bicycle anchorage points are in Carrer de Comerç 36, infront of the Museum

The chocolate museum does not have lockers so do not go with large bags or suitcases. A small 10L rucksack should not be a problem.

Barcelona Chocolate Museum Tickets

Chocolate has played a key role in the social and economic fabric of Barcelona. The Catalan capital was once the origin port for the distribution of the cacao-based confection. Here at the Chocolate Museum (Museu de la Xocolata) you'll learn everything you could possibly hope to about this delicious (and historically important) foodstuff. And yes: you sure do get to taste some!

Getting to Barcelona Chocolate Museum

Address: Carrer del Comerç 36, Barcelona. 8003

Nearest TMB Metro is Arc de Triomf on the red (L1) line and on the Renfe RODALIES train network. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

Also Estacio de França on the Renfe RODALIES and REGIONAL is nearby

Pay Parking Parkia El Born below Plaça Comericial.

Saba Bamsa pay parking can be found below Passeig de Lluís Companys.

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