The palace-like building in which this museum is located was originally built in the 1497… but in a different place! It was located on a piece of land close to
it is current location and was the house of a rich businessman.
In 1931 the building was moved stone by stone to it is current location because the government started to build a big avenue in that place (the Via Laietana Avenue).
Thanks to this move they discovered numerous archeologically interesting objects, ranging from the Roman city of Barcino from the century I BC until the medieval Barcelona from the thirteenth century.
This museum opened first in 1943 along with another museum, the Palau Reial Major. If you take the big tour, you will find out how the people lived in the past: you can see a dry cleaner, a fish salting workshop, or a winery facility. Also they expose every-day-objects from that era, along with gold, jewelry, sculptures and games.
All these museums are part of the Barcelona History Museum:
*Turó de la Rovira
*Fabra i Coats Factory
*Domus Sant Honorat
*Augustus Roman Temple
*Santa Caterina Market
*Plaza del Rei
*Puerta del Mar
*Domus de Avinyó
*Via Sepulcral Romana