Small but Good: Other Barcelona Museums
There are dozens of small private museums in Barcelona, some the fruit of a collector’s obsessive passion, others that display an ancient guild’s craft. Many are free; others charge a nominal fee or ask for a donation. Some repetition here from the previous list. For a fairly comprehensive list of more famous museums, go here.
The charming Museu de Calçat, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, 5 (Tues-Sun 11am-2pm; Metro: L3 Liceu), is housed in the ancient headquarters of the city's shoemaker guild. The collection spans from Roman sandals to the boots of the famous Catalan cellist Pau Casals.
The Museu de Carrosses Fúnebres (Museum of Funeral Carriages), Sancho d' Avilla, 2 (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm and 4-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-1pm; Metro: L1 Marina), also has an unusual location: the basement of the city's morgue.
Although bullfighting is not popular in Catalunya, Monumental, Barcelona's bullring, is an exotic structure that also houses Museu Tauri, Gran Vía, 749 (Apr-Sept Tues-Sat 10:30am-2pm and 4-7pm, Sun 10am-1pm; Metro: L2 Monumental), a small museum of memorabilia, costumes and other bull-ish items.
The taboo and the sacred of cultures around the world are explored in the Museu Etnológic, Passeig de Santa Madrona, s/n (Tues-Sun 10am-2pm; Metro: L1, L3 Espanya).
In 1982 the prominent Barcelonese doctor Melcior Colet donated his home, a modernista dwelling designed by Puig i Cadafalch, and amassed sporting memorabilia to the city. The result, the Museu de L'Esport Dr. Melcior Colet, Buenos Aires, 56-58 (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm and 4-8pm; bus: 7, 15, 33, 34, or 59) is a collection of objects relating to Catalan sporting achievements.
In an outer Barcelona park, an extraordinary collection of period carriages, adornments, and uniforms worn by coachmen is at the Museu de Carruatges, Plaça Josep Pallach, 8 (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm; Metro: L3 Mundet).
One of the prettiest of all Barcelona’s private museums is at the rear of a perfume shop. The Museu del Perfum, Passeig de Gràcia, 39 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm and 5-8pm, Sat 11am-1:30pm; Metro: L2, L3, L4 Passeig de Gràcia) holds over 5,000 examples of perfume bottles, vials, and paraphernalia from Egyptian times to the present day. Look for the Dalí-designed Le Roi de Soleill.