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Museum Madness [ Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 17:50 ]
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Not your typical museum list! From sewers to sex, here are some unusual selections Barcelona has to offer.

  • Museu del Calçat (Shoe Museum)
    Reproductions and original pieces from the first through twentieth centuries including some shoes belonging to some very famous figures. 2 € admission, closed Mondays.

  • Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum)
    Traces the history of chocolate from its origins through its diffusion around the world, and displays a strange series of sculptures made out of chocolate, also a yummy cafeteria and a bookstore. 3,60 € admission, closed Tuesdays. I´ve been told that chocolate fanciers shouldn’t miss this.

  • Museu del Clavegueram (Sewer Museum)
    Traces the history of sewer systems from Babylonian times to the present, on weekends you can actually tour part of the Barcelona sewer system. 2 € admission, closed Mondays.

  • Museu de Corrosses Fúnebres (Funeral Hearse Museum)
    A collection of funeral carriages and hearses used in Barcelona over the past three centuries. Free admission, closed Sundays.

  • Museu de la Música (Museum of Music)
    Relocated in the Auditori de Barcelona, the museum houses a particularly good collection of guitars among other instruments. (Guitars were introduced to Spain by the Moors.)

  • Museo de Cera (Wax Museum)
    Located at the bottom of las Ramblas, tacky but fun at the same time.

  • Museu de l´Erótica (Erotic Museum)
    The Museum of Erotica was created in the very heart of Barcelona with the clear intention of furnishing the city with a center of didactic information, both interesting and lucid, based on a monographic theme, a classic of humanity's history and culture: erotica.

See Alternative Museums for a bit more info on these.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 16:52 (UTC)
Beware!
Museu de la Musica is no longer in that building but in the new Auditorium.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 18:11 (UTC)

Beware!

Thanks! I fixed the entry.

Interesting that when I "google" for these places in català they show up as the first entry!

Also, the TMB website is very good at giving transit directions including times and maps!

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: beardoc
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 22:12 (UTC)
What on earth is in the sewer museum - is it educational?
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 21 Aug 07 | 08:29 (UTC)

The sewer museum

i thought that almost everything is "educational" or at least a "learning experience."

Here is a comment about the museum...

El Museu és un espai subterrani de 900 m2 en el que es recull tota la història del clavegueram de la ciutat de Barcelona d'una part, i del sanejament de grans ciutats des de l'època romana fins avui dia d'altra part. També es mostra el primer projecte de sanejament de Barcelona redactat per l'Enginyer de Camins Pere Gracia Faria l'any 1891, i una recopilació de les grans actuacions en matèria de grans col·lectors durant el període dels jocs olímpics de Barcelona-92.

The Museum is an underground space of 900 m2. In it is recalled the total history of sewage systems of the city of Barcelona in one part, and of the sanitary systems of large cities of the Roman epoch up to the present in the other part. Also shown is the first sanitary project of Barcelona designed by the civil engineer Pere Gracia Faria in the year 1891, and a compilation of the large works in material of the large collecting basins during the period of the Olympic Games of Barcelona in '92. (They had to substantially rebuild the sewer system for the games.)

Chuck


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