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Museu de Les Cultures del Món (Museum)

Culture museum

A bit of the world in Barcelona

The Museu de les Cultures del Món or World Cultures Museum brings artistic and cultural diversity close to its visitors, from far-off continents such as Africa, Asia, America, and Oceana. The museum presents cultural diversification through the artistic experience of the people and collections of objects from all over the world. As a public institution, this museum aims to preserve, investigate, and promote the wealth and knowledge of other cultures in the world.

The museum's collections are formed in part by a selection of 30,000 works from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and in part by about 2,400 objects of art and design from the Folch foundation (which were donated to the City Council over a period of 20 years). There are also other private collections that have been donated from foundations such as the Clos Archaeological Foundation and the Duran Vall-llosera Archaeological Collection.

African collection at the Barcelona World Museum
African collection at the Barcelona World Museum

The Museum's History and Current State

In 1948, the Barcelona City Council started the Ethnological and Colonial Museum, which opened the following year. The 2,900 or so exhibits were gathered from other museums in the city. After the inauguration of the museum, collections began to increase in size thanks to all trips made by the organization. In 1960, the Museum was renamed to the Ethnological Museum and moved its headquarters to Montjuic, its current location.

The Folch Foundation was created to gather and manage the entire collection of artworks by Albert Folch during his travels across various countries. It consists of about 2,400 objects, making it the most extensive and important non-Western art and culture collection in Catalonia.

Finally in 2012, the council created the Museu de les Culturas de Món, a new start to unite the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Folch Foundation. Today the museum can be found on Carrer Montcada in the Born neighbourhood, right by the Picasso Museum. It is split across 3 floors where you will find sculptures, drawings, jewellery, and design objects, begin a journey of discovery from Africa to Asia and Oceana, through Thailand, Korea, Japan, and more...

Asian Collection at the World Museum, Barcelona
Asian Collection at the World Museum

Useful information

  • Where: c/Montcada, 12 - Barrio del Born
  • How to get there: Found in the historic Born district, you can get here via Metro or by bus, walking the short final part of the journey. Jaume I (L4) is the closest Metro station. More information on the official museum website
  • Access for Disabled people: For people with physical, visual, or auditive disability, the museum offers assistance spaces, resources, and services
  • Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 - 19:00, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 - 20:00. Closed on Mondays that are not public holidays.
  • Prices: Museum entry is free until April 7th 2015, after which the price is €5.00. The discounted rate is €3.50, which includes for example 16 - 29 year olds, unemployed, and seniors. There is free entry for under 16s, BCN Card holders, and for everyone each Sunday from 3pm and all day the first Sunday of each month.
  • Accommodation nearby: You can stay near the museum and many others by staying in the Born neighbourhood in Barcelona.
Japanese Collection at the World Museum, Barcelona
Japanese Collection at the World Museum

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