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Egyptian Museum of Barcelona, one of Europe's finest private collection. Sarcophagi, mummies, jewellery and amulets, as well as everyday artefacts, cosmetics, religion, work and eroticism.
The world has long held a fascination for Ancient Egypt and its mysterious civilization. No one quite knows how the gigantic pyramids were built or whose idea it was to make mummies, now a Halloween costume or horror movie favorite. What was the daily life of a Pharaoh like? While many of these questions remain unanswered, we can get a feeling for life along the Nile in ancient times by looking at the remaining relics carefully preserved in museums throughout the world.
The Egyptian Museum in Barcelona is home to one of the most important private collections in Europe, the first in Spain. If you’ve already hit the main museums in the city, you might really enjoy taking your family to visit this little gem – it also offers some respite from the more crowded tourist hot spots.
The private museum is part of the Clos Archaeological Foundation and is dedicated to promoting awareness of the art and culture of Ancient Egypt. More than one thousand captivating pieces are on display throughout 2,000 square feet, spread over the three floors of the gallery. Feel like an archaeologist as you discover artifacts from this special time in history. The statues, wall reliefs, jewelry, cosmetics recipes, personal items belonging to the great Pharaohs, sarcophagi, hieroglyphics, and even a mummified cat, are like clues to better understanding the complex society, religious practices, and beliefs about the afterlife that were so integral to Ancient Egyptian culture.
Learn even more by taking a guided tour led by an Egyptologist. Have fun at the nighttime guided tour featuring a theater troupe acting out dramas from the ancient world. Another entertaining activity is the “Eternal Banquet” where you can taste foods that made up part of this ancient people’s diet.
The Barcelona Egyptian Museum will only take you one or two hours to visit, so that leaves you plenty of time to explore the neighborhood where it’s located: “la Dreta de l’Eixample”. It’s cram-packed with Modernist architecture, including Casa Batllò and Casa Amatller. While you’re in the area, you can also do some shopping in the nearby amazing shops or nearby boutiques of Passeig de Gracia.
General Admission: 11€
Children, Students, Seniors (+65): 8€
The Egyptian Museum is included in the Barcelona Museum Pass (1 ticket, 6 museums = 30€. More +info)
7/1 to 21/6 and 12/09 to 30/11:
Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm. Sundays 2pm-4pm, closed between 10am and 2pm. (except Easter and bank holidays).
22/6 to 11/9: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
Easter Week and holidays:
Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Sunday from 10am to 2pm.