There are countless places to go and experience the rich culture that Barcelona has to offer. Gaudí’s hometown has all the history your heart could wish for, but what if you’re looking for something a little different?
If you want to experience a quirky history and culture when you are in Barcelona, here are the most unusual museums in Barcelona you must visit!
The most unusual museums in Barcelona
Museum shopping is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, if you already have ticks of the big names, then go to some of these more unique museums in Barcelona.
With a collection of over five thousand pieces ranging from old to modern bottles along with catalogs and old promotional material, this is definitely a unique museum. That Perfume Museum takes you time to see perfumes from different eras dating back to Mesopotamian, Roman and Egyptian times. There are also bottles from Greek, Roman, Arab and other cultures from past centuries, all the way up to the most modern contemporary creations of today’s perfumers.
See how household names like Balenciaga, Balmain, Dior and Givenchy developed their perfume since the early beginnings of their brands until today. As the only perfume museum in all of Spain, you can not get a much more unique museum than this!
General admission: 5 €
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 39 (inside Perfumery Regia)
While not as risqué as the erotic museum taking 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 the present with a surprisingly large amount of history to offer. There are exhibitions of the world of the Kama Sutra as well as the history of Spanish-Catalan pornography – all the way back to the 1920s!
You can spot this museum on La Rambla thanks to the Marilyn Monroe figure standing on one of the top-floor balconies. At the end of the tour of the museum, there is a room with record holders who will definitely amaze you!
General admission: € 10 (get tickets online)
Address: La Rambla, 96
King of Magic Museum
Meaning ‘The Museum of the King of Magic’ this is yet another of the extraordinary museums in Barcelona that need to make it to your list. It’s a collector’s gallery of 19th and 20th century tricks, posters and drawings. The aim is to educate visitors about the development of magic and its presence in Spain, which will excite and enchant any budding magician!
To see something magical first hand, book on to one of the museum’s shows, where there will be a display of tricks and performances. The shows are in Spanish, but it’s still easy to understand and enjoy the magic of 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 Chocolate Museum and El Born. Located in the former convent of Sant Agustí, 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 especially for those traveling with young children. You can even reserve space for interactive chocolate making experiences, such as painting with chocolate for the 0-3 year olds. Or for the big kids on the way to the museum, you can order a chocolate and cava tasting experience! Besides everything else that might tempt you here, the entrance ticket is literally a bar of chocolate …
General admission: € 6 (get tickets online)
Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36
Hash, Marijuana and the Hamp Museum
Owner Ben Dronkers decided to open this quaint museum with its own ever-growing collection of over 9,000 cannabis items! Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, you can experience Marijuana’s culture and history through paintings, photos, videos and unique artifacts. You can find everything you ever wanted to know about its use in ancient rituals, to its place in modern medicine.
Palau Mornau is the most beautiful home of this museum, sometimes called the Modernista Palace. You can even see live hemp plants on the museum’s balconies during the growing season!
General admission: € 8.50
Address: Carrer Ample, 35
Located in the heart of the city, in what was formerly the headquarters of the Bank of Barcelona, the Voks museum now houses some of the most iconic characters ever! The museum has recently been renovated to include new technologies, 28 thematic spaces and more than 120 figures.
Especially fun for families, kids love the underwater section that the museum has exhibited. You can find El Bosc de les Fades Café right next door, a fun bar 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
Probably the strangest museum on the list, but surprisingly exciting despite being a bit morbid! Museum of Funeral Carriages is known for displaying some of the finest antique funeral carriages and bodies in the world. Their collection dates from 18th century, all the way up to the 1950s.
Formed by 19 original pieces, there are 13 horse-drawn carriages, 6 accompanying cars and 3 motor carriages. The exhibitions are useful for understanding the artistic and cultural heritage of how Europeans moved their deceased to former burial sites. An unusual topic, but a strangely interesting one! Best of all, this museum is completely free for visitors to enter.
Entrance fee: free!
Address: Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port, 56
Get the Barcelona Museum Pass
There are many good museums in Barcelona. If you are planning to visit a few of them, it is well worth getting the Barcelona Museum Pass.
The Barcelona Museum Pass includes quick access to the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the Joac Miró Fundació, the Center de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA) and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.