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The Museum of History of Catalonia was inaugurated in 1996. The museum is conveniently located in Port Vell (Old Port) in a historical building called Palau de Mar that used to serve as a trade warehouse between the Gothic and Barceloneta districts. The museum, as the name indicates, showcases and tells the history of Catalonia from prehistoric times to current day.
The main collection of the museum is divided into eight sections displaying the most prominent time periods in Catalan history, tracing time all the way back to the earliest cultural findings from the Palaeolithic era. However, soon after the inauguration of the museum it became evident that there was a demand for temporary exhibitions. Many donations, including different objects and documents referring to contemporary political and institutional history started to pour in and as a result, a big temporary exhibition room was set up.
The museum does not only display the history of Catalonia but also serves as a cultural meeting point for those interested in knowing more about the historical, political and social development of Catalonia and its people – besides the exhibitions, Palau de Mar also serves as a platform for cultural events, concerts, debates and conferences. There is also a library, a documentation centre managing both written and photographical documents of importance as well as a café located in the building.
The opening hours of the museum are from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 to 19:00 and on Sundays and public holidays between 10:00 and 14:30. The combined entry, including both the permanent and the temporary exhibitions, costs 6,50 euros. For those wanting to save this money for another use, it is useful to know that on the first Sunday of every month the museum can be accessed free of charge.