On the underground, meters down to the Barcelona we know lies the Roman Empire: Barcino. Barcino is inside of MUHBA, the History Museum of the city, is one of my favorite museums. As part of free entrance museums every 1st Sunday of the month, we took advantage of free things to do in Barcelona and went to visit the museum again.
Right in la Plaça del Rei, in a historic complex one of MUHBA buildings is located, this museum is special as allows you to go down medieval Barcelona. Barcelona is a city that has been built in layers, so the more you go down the oldest the city is.
My recommendation is to do a guided tour, unless you are very familiar with Roman buildings, ruins and the history of Barcelona if you go on your own you will only see stones around.
It is very interesting to know how the romans lived in Barcino, they had wine, they dyed clothes...The museum has a collection of more than 35.200 objects. Most of the objects are related to feasts, parades and tradition of Barcelona. The collection increases every year by 4000 objects as all objects find around the city in archeological expeditions are brought to the museum.
The MUHBA museum has different locations in the city, there are different centers where you can visit the collection. I visited the one in Plaça del Rei but there are many other that you can check in this link.
I totally recommend the museum and I think is one of those forgotten when visiting the city the first time. It is a good opportunity to get to know the city and its past.
How to get there:
- Underground: Catalunya (L1 and L3), Urquinaona ( L1 and L4), Liceu (L3) and Jaume I (L4)
- Buses: 17, 19, 40 and 45
- Barcelona Tourist Bus: south route (blue)