i found this clever commentary about this museum on the Sewer Safari
Catalunya was under the thumb of the central powers in Madrid for hundreds of years. When the facist dictator Franco finally died in the mid 70s, natives were finally able to reclaim their dying tounge — and they did so with the kind of passion a Quebecios would be envious of. Unfortunately, it was only after I was on my way that three words, tancat per reformes
, appeared under the heading, "comments" in the English section of their website. After a series of phonecalls (to a wonderfull catalonian speaking machine) and fruitless visits to the museum itself did I discover the phrase means, "closed for repairs" — which the museum still is.
Lovely city though.
When the facility is reformado
, you'll be able to see exhibits on the city's sewer history, ramble through a big chunk of them dug up during construction for the 1992 Olympic games, and make an appointment to see the real thing.
UPDATE: For a good view of the Barcelona sewer, see a scarecrow-like Christian Bale wade through Catalonian poo in The Machinist
. Interstingly, the movie was shot to look like Los Angeles, but is in fact Barcelona. LA doesn't have sewers nearly as cool. [Don’t forget the three chimneys at Sant Adrià too!]