Lonely Planet review
Barcelona’s ethnology museum presents a curious permanent collection that explores how various societies have worked down the centuries, as seen through collections of all sorts of objects. The entire museum was closed at the time of writing for major refurbishments. Check the website for reopening date.
Prior to the refurbishment, the museum started with a general look at ethnology in an introductory section, Orígens (Origins). Thereafter, collections covered the Pyrenees region in Catalonia (including traditional instruments and archive images of traditional dances) and Salamanca in central Spain, looking at a now largely extinct rural society. Further collections explored other regions around the world, but these are to be ceded to the new Museu de Cultures del Món, which will open in the Born in 2015. The museum typically displays only a fraction of its collections at a time, showcasing a number of countries at different intervals, including for temporary exhibitions.