There are countless places to go and experience the rich culture that Barcelona has to offer. Gaudí’s hometown has all the history that your heart could desire, but what if you’re looking for something a bit different?
If you want to experience some quirky history and culture when you’re in Barcelona, here’s the most unusual museums in Barcelona that you need to visit!
The most unusual museums in Barcelona
Museum hopping is one of the top things to do in Barcelona, if you’ve already ticked off the big names then head to some of these more unique museums in Barcelona.
Featuring a collection of over five thousand pieces, ranging from ancient to modern bottles, alongside catalogues and old advertising material, this is certainly a unique museum. The Museu del Perfum takes you through time to see perfume from different eras, dating right back to Mesopotamian, Roman and Egyptian times. There are also bottles from Greek, Roman, Arab and other cultures from centuries of the past, right up to the most modern present-day creations of today’s perfumers.
See how household names such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Dior and Givenchy evolved their perfume since the early beginnings of their brands until present day. As the only perfume museum in all of Spain, you can’t get a much more unique museum than this!
General admission: €5
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 39 (inside Perfumería Regia)
Although not quite as risqué as the erotic museum that takes its home in Amsterdam, this quirky Barcelona museum is still worth the trip. The erotic museum shows you how intercourse was depicted from ancient times to present day, with a surprisingly large amount of history to offer. There are displays of the world of Kama Sutra, as well as the history of Spanish-Catalan pornography – dating all the way back to the 1920s!
You can spot this museum on La Rambla, thanks to its Marilyn Monroe figurine stood on one of the top floor balconies. At the end of the tour round the museum, there’s a room of record holders, which is sure to amaze you!
General admission: €10 (get tickets online)
Address: La Rambla, 96
El Rei de la Màgia Museum
Meaning ‘The Museum of the King of Magic’ this is another one of the extraordinary museums in Barcelona that needs to make it to your list. It is a collector’s gallery of 19th and 20th century tricks, posters and drawings. The purpose is to educate visitors on the evolution of magic and its presence in Spain, which will excite and enchant any budding magician!
To see some magic first-hand, book on to one of the museum’s shows, where there’ll be a display of tricks and performances. The shows are in Spanish, but it’s still easy to understand and enjoy the magic from the visuals.
General admission: €16
Address: Carrer de les Jonqueres, 15
The perfect museum for anyone with a sweet tooth, learn about the delicious history of chocolate with a trip down to the Chocolate Museum in El Born. Located In the former Sant Agustí Monastery, this museum takes you on a journey through the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe and its tradition through society.
The Museu de la Xocolata is a great day out for any age group, but particularly for those travelling with young children. You can even reserve spaces on interactive chocolate making experiences, such as painting with chocolate for those aged 0-3. Or, for the big kids heading to the museum, you can book a chocolate and cava tasting experience! Besides everything else that could tempt you here, the entry ticket is literally a bar of chocolate…
General admission: €6 (get tickets online)
Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36
Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum
Owner Ben Dronkers decided to open this peculiar museum with his own ever-expanding collection of over 9,000 cannabis artefacts! Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, you can experience the culture and history of Marijuana through paintings, photos, videos and unique objects. You can find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about its use in ancient rituals, to its place in modern medicine too.
The Palau Mornau makes for the most beautiful home for this museum, sometimes being called the Modernista palace. You can even see live hemp plants on the museum’s balconies during growing season!
General admission: €8.50
Address: Carrer Ample, 35
Located in the heart of the city, in what was previously the headquarters of the Bank of Barcelona, the Wax Museum now houses some of the most iconic characters of all time! The Museum has been recently renovated to include new technologies, 28 thematic spaces and more than 120 figures.
Particularly fun for families, kids love the underwater section that the museum has on display. You can find the El Bosc de les Fades Café just next door, a fun bar that is decorated like a rainforest oasis in the middle of the city. A great way to end a fun day out!
General admission: €22 (get tickets online)
Address: Passatge de la Banca, 7
Museum of Funeral Carriages
Arguably the strangest museum on the list, but surprisingly intriguing despite being slightly morbid! The Museum of Funeral carriages is renowned for displaying some of the finest antique funeral carriages and hearses in the world. Their collection dates back from the 18th century, right up to the 1950s.
Formed by 19 original pieces, there are 13 horse-drawn hearses, 6 accompanying cars and 3 motor hearses. The exhibits are useful in understanding the artistic and cultural heritage of how Europeans moved their deceased to burial sites of the past. An unusual subject, but one that is oddly interesting! Best of all, this museum is completely free for visitors to enter.
Admission fee: free!
Address: Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port, 56
Get the Barcelona Museum Pass
There are many great museums in Barcelona. If you’re planning on visiting a few of them, then it’s worthwhile getting the Barcelona Museum Pass.
The Barcelona Museum Pass includes fast-track access to the Museu Picasso of Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC),Fundació Joan Miró, The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.
Get your pass online for €35.