The utilitarian building that presently housese the museum is the only remaining original port building surrounding the marina. Built in 1881, it served as a trade hub for the shipping merchants and fishermen using the port to sell their goods to Barcelona's traders and restauranteurs.
The General Stores building bloomed as the Industrial Revolution revolutionised trade and ship design meaning goods exchange thrived in the port's main storage facility. Unfortunately for the building, this was also the beginning of the end as ships outgrew the modest-sized port and trade all but seized as barges used designated docking facilities further out.
In 1992 the building was fully restored with a large quadrangle in the middle providing much-needed light to the interior parts of the building. A museum was founded detailing the history of the Catalan people and the ongoing struggle the autonomous region has in its plight for independence.
Despite having a very wide range of prehistoric and ancient artefacts describing the life of Barcelona and Catalunya in general many thousands of years ago, the focal point of the exhibition is the graphic description of the Catalan nationalistic pride and their bid for greater autonomy from Spanish royal rule. As a foreign tourist, it is often difficult to appreciate the full scale of this struggle and the exposition does a wonderful job in showcasing the region's varying attitudes to self-determination.
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Entry to Museu d'Història de Catalunya
Museu d’Història de Catalunya
Plaça de Pau Vila 3