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Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

The Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya is housed in the former Barcelona's Palace of Graphic Arts on Montjuïc, which was built for the 1929 International Exhibition. The museum takes visitors back in time to discover the distant roots of Catalonia's history while giving an insight into the lives of different related cultures from other areas of the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean.

The Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya features a permanent exhibition of archaeological relics which illustrate the evolution of Catalonia and its surrounding area from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages. It does so through its collections of items from some of the main archaeological sites in Catalonia and the rest of the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean towns.

In addition to the permanent collection, the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya also stages temporary exhibitions, as well as educational workshops and activities for young people.

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General details

Address: Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41 (08038). Barcelona
Phone: 934 232 149
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Opening time: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30am to 7pm. Sunday and public holidays, from 10am to 2.30pm. | Closed: January 1st, December 25th and 26th.

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Accessibility details

The Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya has no architectural barriers. Visually impaired visitors can enjoy original exhibits and reproductions.

The museum runs guided tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as workshops for schools, families and groups with special needs.

All the activities can be adapted, however the museum currently offers no facilities for deaf and hearing-impaired visitors.

We recommend you give prior notice if a person with special needs wishes to visit the museum or attend a particular activity. Contact person: Marta Pujol, Education Service Tel: 934 232 149

The best way to get to the museum is to take the 55 bus and get off at the stop just in front of the museum. Otherwise take line 3 of the metro and get off at Poble Sec or Espanya stations. Once outside, go along the Avinguda Paral•lel, go up Carrer Lleida and turn left at the end.

People with disability levels of 33% or more are entitled to reduced admission. Admission is free for the over 65s and pensioners.
Visual impairment
The museum has a tactile replica of one of its key exhibits: “The Mosaic of the Three Graces”. It is available at the desk on request. A member of staff will accompany the visitor to a reading area where they can explore it.

The museum galleries contain original exhibits which visitors can touch with the permission of the museum staff. Examples include the replica of the marble sculpture of Asclepius, Iberian funeral stelae, Roman columns and capitals, stone inscriptions, etc.

There are also three tactile models of archaeological sites in Empúries and Iberian villages, although they haven’t been specifically designed for people with visual impairment. Two are very large and too big for an average armspan, but they help visitors understand the structures.

Visually accessible elements, such as tactile maps and information in Braille, are being included in the temporary exhibitions. Check with the museum for details about the current exhibition.

The workshops for schools and families use many of the reproductions for sighted, visually impaired and blind children.
Guide dog Tactile elements Braille
Motor impairment
The museum is on Montjuïc and surrounded by steeply sloping streets. Although the metro stations in Plaça Espanya and Poble Sec (L3) aren’t far away, the best way to get to the museum is on the 55 bus which stops in front of the building. If you’re coming by car and you give prior notice, you can park your car in front of the museum, provided that you display your disabled parking permit.

All areas inside the museum are accessible, except for the library which has three steps outside. Nevertheless, the periodicals library is adjacent to the library and has reading tables.

The lift complies with disability requirements and has an automatic door.

Some of the display cases in the oldest part of the museum are too high for wheelchair users.

There are adapted toilets on the ground floor.
Cognitive impairment
The educators and guides at the museum have experience in running activities for learning-impaired visitors. The visits and activities can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group.

Last update: 26/09/2011

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