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Barcelona Music Museum. Discover all its secrets!

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The Catalan capital has a long list of great museums, and the city’s Music Museum is certainly one of the most special. Located on the second floor of the Barcelona Auditorium, the exhibition features a collection of more than 500 instruments and 10,000 artefacts that take visitors on a journey through the city’s musical history every day, from ancient civilisations to the present day.

Museo de la música de Barcelona

Want to know more about one of the best museums in Barcelona? Find all the information you need to get the most out of your visit in this post.

The collection and archives at Barcelona Music Museum

Sound and music are part of the fabric of humanity and, in fact, instruments add meaning and context to our collective cultural heritage. From pre-historic times all the way through to the 21st century, music has been part of the human experience, and has always been closely related to other socio-cultural factors, such as religion or traditions, among plenty of others. 

This is clear to see in the collection at Barcelona Music Museum, where you can travel through time thanks to the spectacular permanent exhibition. Besides learning about the history and evolution of string, air and percussion instruments, other accessories and personal and commemorative objects, such as cups, trophies and writings, are also on display. As such, this particular Barcelona museum allows visitors to get a general idea of how music has transformed over time, and not just from a sound point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective.

In addition to housing a large number of instruments and musical objects, including recordings on various media, another of the main attractions of the Barcelona Music Museum lies in its vast historical archive. Original handwritten sheet music, photographs and even personal objects belonging to renowned musicians such as Isaac Albéniz and Enric Granados, for example, allow you to study the evolution of Catalan music through the ages. 

What can you see and do on a visit to the Music Museum?

Visiting this particular museum in Barcelona can be a great way to spend some time in the city. Besides visiting the permanent exhibition in a space specially adapted for sound immersion, a range of other activities are also on offer, including children’s workshops, temporary exhibitions, live rehearsals, concerts, workshops, conferences and more…

The Music Museum is a space for sharing, discussing and exploring the vibrant world of music. The calendar of activities and events can be viewed on the museum website, as well as any other information you might find useful. 

Useful information about Barcelona Music Museum

The Music Museum, as mentioned above, is located on the second floor of the Barcelona Auditorium in the heart of the Fort Pienc district. There are several ways to get there, including Metro lines 1 and 2 – make sure to get off at Marina y Glòries for line 1 and Monumental for line 2 –, the bus and the regional train network, among others. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, including bank holidays, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00.

Admission is free to this museum in Barcelona on a number of specific days throughout the year. Barcelona Music Museum is free to all visitors every Sunday from 15:00, as well as the first Sunday of the month, 12 February for Santa Eulalia, 18 May for International Museum Day, 24 September for the Feast of the Mercè, and on 22 November for Santa Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music.

If you won’t be around on those dates, general admission to the museum is €5, with concessions charged at €3.50. Concessions include those aged 16 to 29 or those with a Youth Card, visitors over the age of 65, pensioners, the unemployed, large families and/or single parents, red card holders, among others. Also, children under the age of 16, student groups accompanied by a teacher, tour guides and accredited journalists, for example, can access the Barcelona Music Museum free of charge at all times. Tickets to see the collection, as well as any concerts or events, can be purchased online.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to see and do that make the Catalan capital one of the best cities in the world for tourists. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the best museums in Barcelona, and certainly one of the most interesting ones, to really make the most of your stay. What will you choose next?

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