The Catalunya's History Museum opens its doors in February 1996, by decision of the government of Catalunya. Born with the desire to become a benchmark in the dissemination of the history and collective heritage of Catalunya.
The museum is located in the old General Warehouses of Commerce (MGC), the only preserved building of the old industrial port of Barcelona
(the Port Vell of Barcelona). After an intense work of restoration and
adaptation of the space, started in 1991 on the occasion of the World Olympic Games.
The permanent exhibition is distributed in 7 stages. In these stages we are allowed to relive historical moments such as grinding wheat as the Iberians did, put on a medieval knight’s armor, see a landing of a modernist staircase through a hole, move by tram through the Barcelona of the 20s or go to the cinema to see the No-Do.
Although they are very heterogeneous in nature, most of the pieces are related to the politic and institucional history of Catalunya. Since 1997, in addition, in the same building is located the Center for Contemporary History of Catalunya (CHCC) and its important library.
The privileged location of the Catalunya History Museum, in the Port Vell of Barcelona, makes the terrace an exceptional viewpoint from which to enjoy a spectacular perspective of the city. The viewpoint is accessible from the fourth floor of the building.