Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona (MUEC) is located in the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) on Montcada St., and which aims to preserve and spread cultural diversity, reflecting on changes and conflicts in society to become a Social Museum. Despite its long history, it adopted its current name in 2018 as a result of the merger of the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Museum of World Cultures. It has two headquarters: Montjuïc and Montcada.

The Headquarters of Montcada, a permanent exhibition, was conceived as the showcase of its collections, a heritage legacy of more than 70,000 objects. Here, we will find the exhibition of ethnographic objects from “exotic” cultures and vestiges of “primitive” societies, appreciated for their aesthetic value and contextualized in an ethnological sense.

The MUEC is the most important museum of ethnology in Catalonia, with a collection from the peninsular and from all over the world – which represent 70% of the collections of Catalan ethnological heritage. There have been several projects to turn it into a national museum since the 1990s. It is part of the Network of Museums of Ethnology of Catalonia and the Ethnological and Intangible Heritage Observatory of Catalonia.

The Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona, which focuses on art from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania, is located in the Palau del Marquès de Llió, which was constructed in the mid-13th century and subsequently expanded and renovated on numerous occasions , and at the Palau Nadal, a Gothic structure with Catalan Renaissance elements.

Adress: C/ de Montcada, 12, Via 14, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10 AM–7 PM

Wednesday 10 AM–7 PM

Thursday 10 AM–7 PM

Friday 10 AM–7 PM

Saturday 10 AM–7 PM

Sunday 10 AM–8 PM

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