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Museu d'Història de la Ciutat (MUHBA) - City Museum of Barcelona

History of the City Barcelona

The Museu d 'Història de la Ciutat (City History Museum) in the Gothic district tells you the history of the city of Barcelona since Roman times. The Palau Padellàs, a Gothic palace, was brought stone by stone from the Carrer de Mercaders to Plaça del Rei in 1931. The reason for this effort was the construction of a road. In the Town History Museum you will find the largest Roman excavation outside Rome.

Our Recommendation

  • Free admission with the Barcelona Card
  • Get to know the Gothic district during a Gothic Tour

Benefits of the Gothic Tour

  • Two hours long guided tour through the Gothic district in English
  • Meeting point for the tour is at Plaça Sant Jaume (you will receive detailed directions with the voucher)
  • No tour inside of buildings

Benefits of the Barcelona Card


Opening Hours of the Museum of Urban History

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:00 - 19:00
  • Sundays: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Closed on Monday
  • Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 24 June, 25 December

Booking Information Barcelona Cards

  • Here you can book Barcelona Cards at a favourable online price.
  • Simply enter the desired amount of Barcelona Cards, choose the shipping method and click on "Add to cart".


  • Shipping by post (€4.90): In order to receive your Barcelona Card before your arrival. Collection is not necessary. You are independent of opening times of the issuing points. Validity begins with the first use of the ticket. You can return unused Barcelona Cards to us until 15 January the following year and receive a full refund.
    Here you can find the shipping times.
  • Shipping by e-mail (free shipping): Immediately after booking you will get a voucher that allows you to pick up your booked Barcelona Cards at the airport or other locations in the city.

Issuing Points

Please check on the booking page of the Barcelona Card for the opening hours of the issuing points (tourist infos).

Booking Information Gothic Tour

  • Simply enter the number of people that you would like to book for on the upper right and click on "Add to cart".
  • Within 48 hours you will receive a mandatory booking confirmation.

Cancellation Policy Barcelona Cards

  • Unused Barcelona Cards shipped via post can be returned until 15 January of the following year, provided that they were bought on our website.
  • In case of shipping via e-mail you can cancel the unused voucher up to six weeks after booking. Latest until 15 January of the following year.
  • No cancellation fees.
  • If the voucher was redeemed in exchange for the tickets, a cancellation is not possible, even if the tickets aren't used.

Cancellation Policy Gothic Tour

  • You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours prior to the event. We will refund the full amount.
  • In case of a later cancellation or a no show a refund won't be possible.

Information about the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat

At the new place of the palace remainings of the largest Roman settlement ever discovered in Europe were found: Barcino, as Barcelona was called in Roman times. The museum is located in the middle of the Barri Gòtic near the cathedral.

In the modern entrance to the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat, you can see some ancient ceramics and other objects which were found in the excavations. With the elevator ride to the basement you take a journey of 2,000 years back to the time of the Romans. Here you will find the remainings of a well-maintained and by drawings vividly supplemented Roman settlement: Barcino. First, you enter an ancient laundry and dying, in which you can learn something about the daily life at that time. You can see the process of making wine in the 3rd century, a Roman church of the 6th century and the episcopal complex of the 7th century.

The underground part leads to the cathedral in the ancient settlement of Barcelona.

On the first floor, you can see the further course of city history, you also get an impressive insight into the appearance of the historic Barcelona.

The admission ticket is valid for the museum, palace chapel, Torre del Rei and the excavations. You get free admission to the Museu d'Història de la Cuitat with the Barcelona Card.

Why the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat is worth visiting

In the Gothic District, you will often find remnants of buildings from Roman times, such as parts of the viaduct or the Roman city wall. At the beginning of the museum tour you will drive down to the excavations of Barcino, the Roman city of Barcelona. Here you can see the rigging of a huge Roman settlement, with dwellings, craft shops, laundries and other buildings. These excavations are very impressive.

Book the Gothic Tour in English and Get to Know the Gothic District

During the Gothic Tour you will learn about Barcelon's history from Roman to Medieval times.
Please enter the number of people you would like to book for, choose the desired date and click on "Add to cart". There is no children rate.
Please enter the date
Barcelona Walking Tour Gòtic 1 April - 31 Oct. 2019 Desired quantity
At 9:30, daily in English (adults) 18.00€
At 9:30, daily in English (children 4 - 12 years) 0.00€
At 12:00, Sat. in Spanish (adults) 18.00€
At 12:00, Sat. in Spanish (children 4 - 12 years) 0.00€
At 12:00, Thu. in French (adults) 18.00€
At 12:00, Thu. in French (children 4 - 12 years) 0.00€
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(incl. 0.00 € one time fee)
Our partner: Barcelonaturisme, 08008 Barcelona, Passatge de la Concepció, 7-9

Important information

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Plaça del Rei
Phone: +34 932 562 100

Metro: Jaume I. (L4)
Bus Turístic: Barri Gòtic
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Regular: €7.00, reduced: € 5.00
On Sundays after 15:00 free admission
Barcelona Card: free admission.

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