Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Pre-Colombí

Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Pre-Colombí information

Barcelona , Spain
Street Carrer de Montcada 14
+34 93 310 45 16
Getting there
metro Jaume I
More information
adult/child under 16yr/senior & student €3.50/free/1.70, 1st Sun of month free
Opening hours
11am-7pm Tue-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun & holidays
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Lonely Planet review

The wonderfully illuminated artefacts inside the medieval Palau Nadal are part of the treasure trove of pre-Columbian art collected by Swiss businessman Josef Mueller (who died in 1977) and his son-in-law Jean-Paul Barbier, who directs the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Geneva. Together, the two museums form one of the most prestigious collections of such art in the world.

In blacked-out rooms, the beautifully spotlit artefacts stand out as if on stage. South American gold jewellery introduces the collection, followed by rooms containing ceramics, jewellery, statues, textiles and other objects. Every year or two, the composition of the exhibition is altered, with pieces moved around between Barcelona and Geneva and items displayed on loan from other collections. It's one of the most enchanting museums in town.