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Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Barcelona Montcada Site

The Ethnological Museum in Montcada street is a three-floor modern museum of cultural heritage from Africa, South America, India and pacific islands

Updated: Feb 20, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.2k

About Barcelona Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Montcada Site

The Barcelona Ethnological and World Cultures Museum, Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, has two sites, the Montjuïc Ethnological Museum and the larger site in Montcada Street, located in the Born neighbourhood. Here I detail the Montcada street site.

Barcelona Ethnological and World Cultures Museum History of the Buildings

Located in Casa Mora, the Marquès de Llió's medieval merchant's house. It is a large residential mansion originally from the second half of the 13th century in carrer de Montcada near the historic port of Barcelona.

The site was originally farmland and in 1705 was acquired by the father of the first Marquès de Llió and has since undergone successive remodels to expand the original farm buildings into a palatial complex for one of Barcelona's elite noble families.

The Noble staircase of the patio and current balconies as well as the front façades onto Montcada street and Barra de Ferro Street were rebuilt. The entrance portal is also from the 1705 remodel.

The building was acquired by Barcelona city council in 1955 and partial restoration was undertaken till 1969. From 1982 till 2008 it housed the Barcelona Textile Museum then till 2008 the Barcelona Design Museum.

Next to Casa Mora is Casa Nadal, another merchant's mansion dating from the 14th century with a typical layout of rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Casa Nadal was acquired by Barcelona city council in 1967 and begun conservation work in 1971. From 1997 to 2010, the building housed the Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art in Barcelona.

Since 2015 the Barcelona Ethnological Museum in Montcada street occupies both Casa Mora and Casa Nadal, reopening in 2017 after conservation work to the buildings. Noteworthy are the magnificent restored ceilings and exposed stonework.

Visiting Barcelona Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Montcada Site

My recommendation is to allow one to two hours to fully explore the museum and take advantage of the fact that the entrance ticket also includes the Montjuïc site.

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What to take with you for Barcelona Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Montcada Site

The Barcelona Ethnological Museum in Montcada street is accessible for people in wheel chairs or with push chairs via lifts. The entrance is step free from the street.

The museum has a locker room for over sized bags. A 10L small rucksack was acceptable when I visited the Museum.

Nearest bicycle anchorage points are in Passeig del Born 10-12 or Calle Princesa.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual € 5.00 16-29 years, Over 65, 3.50 Euros Child T-familiar FREE For under 16 YearsGroup/Family Ticket? No, but see guided tours section of website if visiting as a group.Free Entry? First Sunday of month, Every Sunday from 15:00h, 12th February, 16th & 18th May, 24th September

Getting to Barcelona Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Montcada Site

Address: Carrer de Montcada 12-14, Barcelona. 08003

Nearest TMB Metro is Jaume I on the yellow (L4) line.

The Ethnological & World Cultures Museum Barcelona can be found in Montcada street opposite the Picasso Museum.

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