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Historic Funeral Carriages museum in Montjuïc Cemetery

Public display of funeral carriages. Museum dates from 1970, moved in 2012 to its current building, within the grounds of Montjuïc Historic Cemetery

Updated: Jul 5, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.9k

About Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuïc Cemetery

Montjuïc Cemetery Funeral Carriages Museum, or Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres is one of the finest collections of funeral carriages and hearses in Europe, and helps retrace the history of funeral customs in Barcelona over the past few centuries.

Montjuïc Cemetery is Barcelona's second oldest cemetery after Poblenou Cemetery.

Montjuïc Cemetery Funeral Carriages Museum History

The need for funeral carriage vehicles came about during the 18th Century with the massive population explosion in Barcelona and city expansion (La Example) due to the industrial revolution. This was because previously, burials were performed in the local churches within the city but now there was a need for a large cemetery located outside of the city to cater to the increased demand for burial space.

Poble Nou Cemetery was built first and at time was a few kilometres outside of the city, thus the need for carriages. As The population of Barcelona grew a new Cemetery was required so Montjuïc Cemetery was opened on 17th of March 1883.

The Barcelona Funeral Carriages Museum has been around since the 1970's because the then Municipal Cemeteries manger, Cristóbal Torra, decided to preserve the obsolete horse drawn hearses as they were being replaced with motorised vehicles.

The Museum was then displayed in the Sancho d'Avila Municipal funeral building (near Metro Marina) until June 2012 when it was transferred to the new custom built museum premises within Montjuïc Cemetery.

It is a unique collection of historic Funeral Carriages from the end of the 18th Century.

Visiting Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuïc Cemetery

The Montjuïc Cemetery Funeral Carriages Museum collection consists of about 20 vehicles in total of different styles.

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What to take with you for Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuïc Cemetery

The Historic Funeral Carriages Museum has all of the carriages on the ground floor with ramp access to the entrance. Inside their is a long ramp to the mezzanine floor.

The historic cemetery has various terrace levels linked by steps and roads.

There are fountains inside the cemetery but I would take a litre of water if your planning a long walk around the historic cemetery.

I always take my 10L museums rucksack for this activity. This is an active cemetery so please dress appropriately. No need for black attire, but not beachwear, or other provocative clothing.

Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuïc Cemetery Tickets

Although Montjuïc cemetery & funeral museum is FREE ENTRY, consider a return trip guided tour by bus from Barcelona port for an exclusive experience to visit the tombs and graves of prominent Catalan citizens such as:
Joan Mirò (world-renowned surrealist artist), Buenaventora Durruti (legendary anarchist revolutionary), The Batlló Family (Gaudí House), Ildefons Cerdà (city planner of Barcelona Grid streats), Isaac Albéniz (world famous composer and pianist), Exquisite sculptures of divine angels and creepy skeletons and Fossar de la Pedrera (memorial sites for the victims of Franco's fascist violence during and after the Spanish Civil War)

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Getting to Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuïc Cemetery

Address: Carrer de la Mare de Deu de Port 56, Barcelona. 08038

Historic Funeral Carriages museum inside Montjuïc Cemetery can be reached by walking 1km from TMB Foc Metro station on the light blue (L10) line. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

TMB busses 21 and 107 stop outside the Funeral Carriages Museum.

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