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Museu d'Historia de Barcelona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

1. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

2. Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

Make your trip to Barcelona unforgettable with free access to more than 25 unique attractions and museums. Enjoy free public transportation on trams, busses, and the metro with a map of the city to get around hassle-free. Opt for 3, 4, or 5-day Barcelona Card and save up to 77% compared to regular admission prices.   As well as the Barcelona Card, you will receive a map and a guidebook in 6 languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian) with information about places to visit. Enjoy up to 50% off admission to additional attractions and activities, including Gaudi’s Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, flamenco shows, and many others.    The Barcelona Card offers you free access to the following attractions:    Art Museums • Picasso Museum: skip the ticket line • National Art Museum of Catalonia: skip the ticket line • Barcelona Museum of Modernism • Antoni Tàpies Foundation: skip the ticket line • Frederic Marès Museum   Natural History and Science Museums  • CosmoCaixa Science Museum  • Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona (Museu Blau, the Blue Museum)   Contemporary Art Museums • Design Museum of Barcelona • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA): skip the ticket line   Archaeology and Ethnology Museums • Egyptian Museum of Barcelona • Ethnological Museum of Barcelona (Parc de Montjuïc)   Cultural Centers • Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB): skip the ticket line • El Born Cultural and Memorial Center   History Museums • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Refugi 307 (Air-raid shelter) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Via Sepulcral Romana (Roman funeral way) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): El Call (Jewish district) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Plaça del Rei   Other Attractions • Joan Miró Foundation • Botanical Garden of Barcelona • Music Museum of Barcelona: skip the ticket line • Chocolate Museum: skip the ticket line • Olympic and Sports Museum Joan Antonio Samaranch: skip the ticket line • The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes • Moco Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art with a 20% discount

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

3. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona 2-Hour Gothic Walking Tour

4. Barcelona 2-Hour Gothic Walking Tour

Stroll through the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona's historical and political center. A fascinating walk through the streets, squares and hidden corners awaits you. You will discover the charms of its architecture, which bears witness to the splendor of the city during the Middle Ages. Immerse yourself in history and admire the remains of the old walled city of Barcelona, the columns of a Roman temple, the Cathedral, ancient palaces of kings and bishops. The historic center of the Gothic Quarter, containing a number of important monuments including the Saló del Tinell, the Capella de Santa Àgata and the Palau del Lloctinent: Gothic buildings which were an integral part of the Palau Major, the residence of the Catalan kings. Don't miss this tour which will show you a new side of Barcelona!

Barcelona: Boat Trip, Cable Car Ticket & E-Bike Tour

5. Barcelona: Boat Trip, Cable Car Ticket & E-Bike Tour

Explore the historical center of Barcelona by cool electric bike, a cruise by boat from the Old Port, before boarding the cable car to Montjuic for electrifying city and coast views. Ride to the Sagrada Familia to see Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, and the Passeig de Gracia, where some of the best modernista buildings of Gaudi and his contemporaries are found, such as the Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó Morera, and Casa Ametller. At Port Vell, board the boat and sail along the old port and the coast. Enjoying wonderful views of the city from the sea. At Port Vell, hop on the cable car and glide to Montjuïc mountain, riding at a height of up to 330 feet (100 meters) above the port.

Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

6. Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

Visit locations described in Ildefonso Falconés’s blockbuster novel "The Cathedral of the Sea," and learn about the mysteries and intrigue of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour that turns fiction into reality. Set in the 14th-Century, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, “The Cathedral of the Sea” describes in masterful detail how Barcelona’s humblest residents embarked on building a cathedral that was set to be the greatest temple ever known. This is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, still standing in the Ribera district and where your tour begins. As you walk through the Ribera and the Gothic Quarter, you will relive the stories of the novel through its various locations; places that date back more than 700 years, and have their histories etched in their walls. You will learn more about the book’s characters, and uncover the story of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona, and the apogee of Catalan Gothic art.

Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

7. Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

Make the most of your stay with Barcelona Express Card, and get 2 days of free unlimited travel on public transportation and more than 100 discounts: • 48 Museums and Attractions with discounts up to 60% • 16 Visits and Tours with discounts up to 50% • 12 Leisure experiences with discounts up to 50% • 7 Entertainment experiences with discounts up to 20% • 3 Night-time Venues with discounts up to 30% • Shops and restaurants with discounts up to 20% • and much more! Museums and Attractions • CaixaForum: 25% off • Camp Nou Experience: 5% off • Casa Batlló: EUR 3.00 • Casa Lleó i Morera: 20% off • Casa Museu Gaudí: EUR 1.00 • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB): 20% off • CosmoCaixa: 25% off • Cripta Gaudí de la Colònia Güell: 20% off • El Born Centre Cultural: EUR 6.00/4.20 • Fundació Antoni Tàpies: 20% off • Fundació Joan Miró: 20% off • Fundació Suñol: 25% off • Gaudí Centre Reus: 40% off • Jardí Botànic de Barcelona: 50% off • La Pedrera: 20% off • Mirador de Colom: 50% off • MUHBA El Call: Free  • MUHBA Plaça del Rei: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Refugi 307: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Via Sepulcral Romana: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • Museu Blau: 50% off • Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya Barcelona: 30% off • Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA): 20% off • Museu d’Història de Catalunya: 30% off • Museu de Cera de Barcelona: 20% off • Museu de l’Eròtica de Barcelona (MEB): 20% off • Museu de la Moto: 20% off • Museu de la Música: 30% off • Museu de la Xocolata: 30% off • Museu de Cultures del Món: EUR 5.00/3.50  • Museu del Disseny: EUR 6.00/4.00 • Museu del Mamut: 50% off • Museu del Modernisme Català: 30% off • Museu del Perfum: 40% off • Museu d'Idees i d'Invents de Barcelona (MIBA): 20% off • Museu Diocesà de Barcelona: 50% off • Museu Egipci de Barcelona: 30% off • Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM): 20% off • Museu Frederic Marès: EUR 4.20/2.40 • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: 20% off • Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch: 25% off • Palau de la Música Catalana: 20% guided tours • Pavelló Mies van der Rohe: 20% off • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes: EUR 5.00/3.50 • Torre Bellesguard: 50% off • Torre de Collserola: 60% off Visits and Tours • Barcelona 360o–Land, Sea & Air: 20% off • Barcelona Ciclotour: EUR 2.00 • Barcelona Port Tour: 20% off • Catalunya Bus Turístic: EUR 10.00 (check routes) • Catamarà Ecològic: 20% off • Caves Codorniu: 20% off • Circuit de Barcelona–Catalunya: 50% off • Gocar Tours: 10% off • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Mar: EUR 15.00/13.00 • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Port: EUR 7.20/6.50 • Sailing Yacht Tours Skylinebcn: 15% off • Vesping Barcelona: 10% off (24 hours) • Walking Tours Gòtic: 50% off • Walking Tours Gourmet: 50% off • Walking Tours Modernisme: 50% off • Walking Tours Picasso: 50% off Leisure • Aqua Urban Spa: 30% off • Barcelona Bosc Urbà: 20% off • Casino Barcelona: Free admission and welcome drink • Gaudí-Experiència: 50% off • Icebarcelona: 20% off • Illa Fantasia: 20% • Jamón Experience Museum: Free museum admission (EUR 10.00 tasting) • L’Aquàrium de Barcelona: 20% off • Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo: 20% off • Poble Espanyol de Barcelona: 20% off admission (EUR 1.00 audioguide) • Port Aventura: 20% off • Zoo de Barcelona: 20% off Entertainment • Cirque du Soleil Amaluna (July-August) Port Aventura: 20% off • Cordobés–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off drink and show; 8% off dinner and show • Gran Gala Flamenco: 20% off • El Patio Andaluz: EUR 10.00 drink/dinner and show • El Tablao de Carmen: 20% off • Nervión–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off • Palacio del Flamenco: EUR 10.00 Night-time Venues • Bcn NightCard: 30% off • Milano Cocktail Bar: 20% off • The Michael Collins Bar: 20% off Restaurants • Antiga Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona: 2x1 breakfasts • Asador del Mar: 15% off • Costa Gallega: 15% off • El Chipirón: 15% off • Hard Rock Café: Special menu • La Tertúlia: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva amb Gràcia: 15% off • Marina Bay by Moncho’s: 15% off • Patrón: 15% off • Restaurant Diagonal Can Soteras: 15% off • Nervión: 15% off • Tapas Locas: 20% off Shops • Barcelona Original Shops: 15% off • Futbolmania: 10% off • La Roca Village Shopping Express: 20% off • Perfumeria Regia: 10% off selected items Other Services • Locker Barcelona: 10% off Transportation • Barcelona Moto Rent: 20% off • Barcelona Rent a Bike: EUR 2.00 • Cooltra Motos: 20% off • Moto Rent & Renting: 20% off

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

8. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

Travel back to medieval Barcelona, and hear stories of the characters that inhabited the atmospheric Barrio Gotico, and their relationship to the city’s history. Meet your guide at Carrer Montsio n.10. Continue to Plaça Nova near the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. As you wander down the winding streets leading off the square, your guide will tell an enthralling history of the city, revealing some of the hidden sights in secret corners. Learn about the ancient gates of the Roman city of Barcino, and continue through the Jewish Quarter of El Call. You’ll come across picturesque squares, such as Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the City Hall and Presidential Palace. Marvel at the Palau Reial Major in Plaça del Rei, and window shop along pedestrianized Plaça de l’Àngel, now one of Barcelona’s most expensive areas. See the mariner’s church of Santa María del Mar, and end in front of lively Santa Caterina Market. Then, it’s time to taste some authentic pintxos (snacks) in a traditional tapas bar of the El Born neighborhood.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour with Optional Pintxos

9. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour with Optional Pintxos

Start at Pelayo Street, one of the main commercial streets in the city, which runs past the Plaza de la Universidad and divides the oldest and newest parts of the city. Continue through one of the biggest squares in Spain and one of the most important places in Barcelona, Plaza de Catalunya. From here, walk down one of the most beautiful and famous avenues of the city, the Ramblas. Walk the length of the street, passing by many flower and souvenir stands along the way. As you stroll, the guide will tell you how Emperor Augustus founded the city, and how he chose the name. You'll then arrive at the old port of the city. See the remains of the old city wall as you walk through the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, before arriving at Nova Square. Here, in the center of the Gothic Quarter, you'll be able to admire the Cathedral, built in the Gothic style.  From your guide, hear about important figures in the history of the city, such as St. Roque, or Wilfredo the Hairy. You'll also learn more about the flag of Catalonia and how its current design came about. Next, walk around Plaza del Rei and Plaza del Pi, until you reach Plaza de Sant Jaume, the current administrative and political center of the city. Finally, see the town hall, and the Palau de la Generalitat.  At the end of the tour, you have the option to go to a local bar to taste some typical local pintxos. Take the opportunity to chat with your guide, and ask for recommendations for the rest of your time in Barcelona.

Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

10. Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Barcelona as you approach iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, and more. Make the most of a unique navigation functionality and follow suggested walking routes that make self-guiding easy. Start your tour to suit your own schedule from Plaça Sant Jaume, the core of the old city in order. Explore its historic square and picturesque places, feeling like a local. Benefit from a self-guided audio tour designed by an accredited expert. Tune into the app's audio commentary, based on a storytelling concept, to hear all about the landmarks you visit. Experience the beautiful capital of Catalonia at your own pace. Find out the highlights as well as hidden gems of the city.

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What people are saying about Museu d'Historia de Barcelona

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,442 reviews

Our guide Laura was terrific. She lives in the neighborhood and gave us just the right combination of walking, and history. Our family of 6 adults ages 29-62 all thought she was delightful. She suggested a great place for drinks and tapas. It felt like time spent with a friend in Barcelona, rather than a guide.

Great way to get a feel for the whole city. Busses came often which was good because sometimes they were too full and we couldn’t get in the first one.

Very good for know touristic points in the city. You can stop, know the place and take again the bus for a new point.

Always interesting to go around town when you arrive. This allows you to get an idea of the things to visit

Marlon was a very friendly guide & full on great knowledge. We enjoyed ourselves.