Museum BlauMy assessment: 3.5 stars+ A fantastic building that will make photographers very happy. Children will like the inside, too, as it is very impressive and instructive.
- Compared to the CosmoCaixa, there isn’t as much to actively do here. I felt a bit alone, too – I had the place to myself, apart from the employees. You can see this as a plus, too, though.
Last updated: 23 Jan 2019 | Celine Mülich
Price of admission: Permanent exhibition: 6 Euro, reduced price 2,70 Euro (young peoples in the age of 16 to 29, senior citizens over the age of 65, unemployed, groups with a minimum of 10 people) free admission for children under the age of 16; first Sunday of a month, every Sunday after 3:00 p.m. Permanent + temporary exhibition: 9 Euro, reduced price 3,50 Euro Combo ticket Museum Blau and Botanic Garden: 7 Euro, reduced price 3,5 Euro
BarcelonaCard: free admission (buy online) Audio guide: no
How to get there: L4 (gelbe Linie): El Maresme Forum
And what's there to see?
The Museum Blau is especially impressive for its architecture and its outer façade. Photographers will love it.
On the inside, you’ll find exhibits on the planet’s history. The film in one of the first rooms is especially recommendable (and available in English). Afterwards, you move along a long, dark tunnel into the center of the museum. On this path, you basically follow the creation of our world along a timeline of stone exhibits and fossils, right up to a small area about dinosaurs. Next up, there’s a visit to our animal kingdom, as well as a (very, very) large number of exhibits on different types of fungi, leaves, and minerals. In some cases, you can use a magnifying monitor to see the pieces in even further detail.
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Photogallery of the Museum Blau
On the museum’s history
The architects, Herzog & de Meuron, created this unusual building in 2004. With its proximity to the sea and the river of Besòs, the building itself was also named after the color blue. It’s painted in a beautiful dark blue, like an underwater world, waiting to be explored, with the occasional mirror here and there. When walking towards the entrance, you’ll discover a number of bright areas with mirrors, which reflect the blue sky, creating a beautiful view.
The museum was opened in March of 2011. The Museu Blau is part of the natural science museums in the city – alongside the botanical garden, the Martorell museum and the Laboratori de Natura. These are all located in other parts of the city: In the Park de la Ciutadell, on the Montjuic, or here, at the forum.
This collaboration of natural science museums was founded over 130 years ago and has more than 3 million exhibits, which is impressive in and of itself – and it covers just about every kind of exhibit you can think of: Minerals, rock formations, or paleontological or zoological finds.