Blue Museum / Natural History Museum of Barcelona

Museu Blau

A part of Forum park, in 2011 the main building of the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures became the Blue Museum (named after its color). It was designed by a well-known Swiss architectural bureau founded by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. As a result of their work, today we can see a huge dark-blue triangle shaped cliff (25 meters high), with each side of the triangle measuring 180 meters. The construction sits on 17 massive pylons which make you think the museum is floating in the air. This effect is only intensified by the specular stripes crossing the façade and reflecting the sky.

An astonishingly rich collection of the Natural History Museum of Barcelona, founded 130 ago and initially located in Ciutadella Park, is on display here. A giant skeleton of a whale welcomes you upon entry, while the benchmark exhibition is named Life Planet (Planeta Vida) and is subdivided into three sections: Biography of the Earth section demonstrates the evolution of our planet since the very origins of life to our days; Earth Today shows the great diversity of the nature through animals and plants, minerals and microorganisms with a special emphasis being put on the Mediterranean and Catalonian regions; the constantly renovating Islands of Science section covers certain issues of botany, paleontology, zoology, geology and their connections to humankind. This is a 'live' exhibition – everything is interactive, there are plenty of multimedia exhibits, tangible objects and installations, which is extremely great not only for adults but also if you came with children (from 6 years old) – there is a special place for kids. Apart from the Blue Museum the Natural History Museum of Barcelona comprises the Botanical Garden located at Montjuic hill and the Martorell geological museum (Museu Martorell). The Museu Blau is also a part of the CosmoCaixa museums.

Address: Parc del Forum, Plaça Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5
Opening hours: October – February Tue-Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 7 pm, Sun and holidays 10 am – 8 pm. Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1, June 24 and December 25. Free entry: first Sun of each month, each Sun after 3 pm, February 12, May18 and September 24.
How to reach: metro El Maresme-Fòrum
Coordinates: 41.410766, 2.220685