Lonely Planet review for Camp Nou
Among Barcelona’s most-visited museums is the Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona near the club’s giant Camp Nou (aka Nou Camp) stadium. Barça is one of Europe’s top football clubs, and its museum is a hit with football fans the world over. Camp Nou, built in 1957 and enlarged for the 1982 World Cup, is one of the world’s biggest stadiums, holding 99,000 people. The club has a world-record membership of 173,000. Football fans who can’t get to a game may find a visit to the museum, with guided tour of the stadium, worthwhile.
The best bits of the museum itself are the photo section, the goal videos and the views out over the stadium. Among the quirkier paraphernalia are old sports board games, the life-sized diorama of old-time dressing rooms, posters and magazines from way back and the futbolín (table soccer) collection. You can admire the (in at least one case literally) golden boots of great goalscorers of the past and stacks of trophies. Hi-tech multimedia displays project great moments in Barça history. Sound installations include the club’s anthem and matchday sounds from the stadium.
The guided tour of the stadium takes in the team’s dressing rooms, heads out through the tunnel, onto the pitch and winds up in the presidential box. Set aside about 2½ hours for the whole visit.