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Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

Spain’s first Egyptian museum

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The hotelier and collector Jordi Clos’s passion for Pharaonic culture resulted in the creation of Spain’s first museum exclusively dedicated to Ancient Egypt. In 1992, around seventy archaeological pieces were exhibited at Barcelona’s Hotel Claris. The public’s positive interest was such that Clos established an archaeological foundation that would shortly after, in 1994, create Spain’s first museum of Ancient Egypt. It currently exhibits more than 1,100 pieces.

Why visit the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona?

In addition to the museum’s permanent exhibition, you can also consult its library, which holds more than 10,000 documents. The exhibition is organised around key themes, such as the figure of the Pharaoh, the gods, funereal practices and body worship, transporting you from modern Barcelona to Ancient Egypt. The most outstanding features are the statue of Ramesses III, a number of spectacular mummies, and hundreds of objects such as gems, funeral stelas, household tools and portraits.

The museum is also a centre of education that disseminates Pharaonic culture to publics of all ages, organising workshops, courses and trips to archaeological sites. Moreover, since 2000 it has been the site of the School of Egyptology, the country’s first Egyptology teaching centre.

 

How do you get to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona?

Hop off at the Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop on the Red and Blue Routes of Barcelona Bus Turístic. The Egyptian Museum is just around the corner on Carrer de València.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? Even though Fundació Arqueològica Clos specialises in Egyptian art, its collection also includes pieces from other cultures such as Pre-Columbian civilisations, many of which are on display at the Museum of World Cultures of Barcelona.
  • Local’s tip: The museum also organises nocturnal guided tours and tours on the culinary art of Ancient Egypt with an opportunity to taste products typical of the civilisation born in the Nile delta.
  • A must: To travel even further back in time from Modernisme to Ancient Egypt.