History of catalonia

History of Catalonia Museum

The History of Catalonia Museum was founded in 1996 by decree of the Catalan Government. Catalonia has a rich and interesting history going back over 1000 years and the museum, housed in an old waterfront warehouse, is designed to make the country's culture and history better known both at home and abroad.

First settled in the Middle Palaeolithic era, the area was later the base for towns from the Greek and Carthaginian Empires before the Roman occupation. The region passed through the hands of the Visigoths and Moors before the latter were defeated by the Frankish Empire in 801AD. It was at this point local chieftans consolidated the area into one kingdom, ruled by the Count of Barcelona and Catalonia was born.

Through marriage Catalonia and Aragon merged in the Middle Ages and this mini empire spread to Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Sardina, Sicily, Naples and for a short time even Athens. In 1469 Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile married and this laid the foundations for a unified Crown of Spain.

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Catalonia carried on enjoying relative independence up until the War of Spanish Succession in 1701 when the region backed the loosing side. The new Bourbon king, Philip V of Spain came down on the region hard, disbanding the world's first democratic parliament formed over 500 years earlier.

In recent times the History of Catalonia has been a tale of struggle to keep this ancient culture alive. It has had various resurrections, at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th, until once again oppression reared its ugly head during and after the Spanish Civil War. After Franco's death and the return of democracy to Spain, Catalonia has begun to flourish and the 1992 Olympics marked its return to the international stage. Currently a pro-independence government is in place with the stated aim to breakaway from the rest of Spain.

The museum is well put together and apart from highlighting the 'Catalan' story, it hosts  various events and exhibitions right through the year.

Top Tip

 The restaurant, 1881, on the roof terrace is fab and has great views across the whole city. Well worth a quick 'cafe amb llet'!




email: mhc.cultura@gencat.cat

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telephone (+34) 93 225 47 00

Barcelona History Of Catalonia Museum


General Ticket 4.50€

Reduced Ticket (children, students OAPs etc) 3.50€

Special Ticket (see website) 2.50€


Opening Times


Tue to Sat : 10.00 - 19.00 (Wed - 20.00)

Sun & Holidays : 10.00 - 14.30

Mon (except holidays) CLOSED

closed Jan 1 & 6 / May 16 / Aug 15 / Dec 24 & 25