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The Blue Museum / Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona

A natural sciences museum that is home to a whale’s skeleton

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The main site of the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona takes you on a trip through the history of life on Earth. A fascinating interactive trip that shows the origins of life on the planet and is also home to temporary exhibitions on the sciences.

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What to visit at the Blue Museum

The Blue Museum, inaugurated in 2011, is located inside the intense blue-coloured building designed by the firm of architects Herzog & de Meuron for the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004. The museum proposes a route called ‘Planet Life’, which explains the history of life on Earth in three major blocks: "Biography of the Earth", an audiovisual ‘time tunnel’; "Earth Today", the actual museum part; and the "Islands of Science", independent enclosures that explain specific aspects of nature.

‘Planet Life’ is a comprehensive vision of the Earth and its life, integrating all the natural science disciplines and displaying fossils, rocks, minerals, plants, fungi, microbes and stuffed animals.

The most emblematic piece on display at the museum is the skeleton of a one tonne whale found in 1862 on Llançà beach that was called Brava after a popular vote was organised. Along the route, you can see other unique specimens like a cave beetle; a giant fossilised gastropod; a fragment of pyromorphite, the museum’s most valuable mineral; and one of the only two replicas that exist in the world of a Prognathodon, a mososaur that lived some 80 million years ago.

The Blue Museum forms part of the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona, an institution with more than 130 years of history that is based on the collections bequeathed by the naturalist Francesc Martorell i Peña. In addition to the Fòrum building, it has other spaces in the city, including Barcelona Botanical Garden.


How do you get to the Blue Museum?

The Blue Museum is at the Parc del Fòrum, which you can reach with the Green Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? The museum has two ‘rest areas’, one visual and one audio, to take a break from your visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
  • Local’s tip: The museum’s aim is to exhibit the natural sciences in a didactic manner that is suitable for all publics, which is why it is worth stopping at its interactive tables, projections and display cabinets, where some of the concepts are explained in more detail.
  • A must: To discover the history of our planet.