Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41

Phone: 0034 934 246 577
Fax: 0034 934 245 630

Museu D’Arqueologia De Catalunya

The Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC) was created by the Museum Act of 1990. It offers permanent exhibits of archaeological relics which illustrate the evolution of Catalonia and its environment during Prehistory and Ancient History. The museum includes sites in Barcelona, Girona, Empúries, Ullastret, Olèrdola as well as the Underwater Archaeology Centre of Catalonia (CASC).

The head office of the Museum is located in the former Palace of Graphic Arts which was built in Montjuïc, in Barcelona, for the 1929 World Fair. The collections are organised based on chronological and geographic criteria. They offer visitors a journey to the origins of Catalonia, from the first inhabitants until the Middle Ages. Moreover, they also provide a vision of different related cultures from other areas of the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean.

The early background of the Museum collections is based on the recovery work carried out by institutions such as the Royal Academy of Letters of Barcelona or the Provincial Commission on Monuments during the 19th century. In 1879 the State created the Provincial Museum of Antiquities in the Chapel of Saint Agatha. As of 1882, a series of museum facilities were established in Ciutadella Park by municipal initiative. This finally led to the creation of the Museum of Art and the Archaeology Museum in the former Arsenal of the Ciutadella (presently the Parliament of Catalonia) in 1915.

In 1932, the Republican Government of Catalonia founded the new Archaeology Museum of Catalonia in the building where it is located at present, the Palace of Graphic Arts. This pavilion of Renaissance inspiration ... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

The time frame for the archaeological collection starts with the Palaeolithic period. There are relics of Greek, Punic, Roman and Visigoth colonisers, up to the early Middle Ages. A large Roman sarcophagus is carved with scenes of the rape of Persephone, and an immense statue of Aesculapius, the god of medicine, towers over one room. The display ends with the marvellous, jewel-studded headpiece of a Visigoth king and an erect Priapus, found during building work in Sants in 1848.

Highlights of the collection include the Roman artifacts. The Roman Empire (using Empúries as their entry point) began their conquest of Iberia in 218 B.C., and the glassware, lamps, grooming aids, and utensils they left behind can be seen here. The mosaics, many of them largely intact, have been laid into the floor and visitors are invited to tread on them as the curators believe that their use provokes better preservation.


27 October 2007 to 17 February 2008

On 25 October 1909 a bust was found at Empúries of what is considered to be the best Greek sculpture of the western Mediterranean. The rest of the statue was found on 5 November. Its attribution to Asklepios, god of medicine, was generally accepted.
After having carried out an exhaustive project to study and restore the Asklepios of Empúries, the MAC proudly presents this exhibition, a unique opportunity to enjoy this remarkable work that has largely recaptured its image and will soon return to its original location: Empúries.


Cycle of talks

Thursday 22 November. Asklepios and the archaeological excavations of the Greek city of Emporion. Xavier Aquilué, director of the MAC-Empúries.

Thursday 13 December. The god's arms. How and when we believe a statue of Asklepios became one of the god Serapis. Joaquín Ruiz de Arbulo and David Vivó (Lleida and Girona University).

Thursday 17 January. Closing the circle. The restorations of Asklepios. Àlex Masalles (MNAC).

Time: 7 pm

Reading club
Wednesday 14 November and 12 December, at 7 pm
Reading from the book El caminante de Empúries, by author Carlos Garrido
Places are limited

Cultural excursion
Visit to the Greek colonies of Emporion (Empúries) and Rhode (Roses). Prior reservations, tel. +34 93 2414142.
Saturday 26 January 2008

6 March to 29 June 2008

Monthemhat lived in the 7th century AD and belonged to an important family of viceroys, priests and mayors. He held important positions such as Mayor of Thebes, Fourth priest of Amon and governor of the so...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Misión en Egipto. La tumba de Monthemhat.
22 June to 30September 2007

Reflexos d’Apol·lo. Esport i Arqueologia en la Mediterránia antiga.
22 February to 20 May 2007

Artífex. Ingenieria Romana en Hispánia.
19 October 2006 to 5 February 2007

Exhibitions (2)

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€2,10 reductions
Free under-16s
Free entrance on the last sunday of every month.

Credit cards not accepted.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 19:00
Sunday and public holidays: 10:00 to 14:30
Closed on Mondays

Getting there

Passeig de Santa Madrona, 39-41
08038 Barcelona

Tel: (+34) 934 246 577
Fax: (+34) 934 245 630

Metro: Poble Sec.


The Museum library specialises in archeology and is open to museum workers, researchers and students in their second and third years of study.
For more information please contact:
Tel: (+34) 934 232 149
Fax: (+34) 933 250 033

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The Museum offers visits to the permanent collection for school groups. These visits take the groups through the Paleolithic era to the Middle Ages via some of the most important archeological findings in and around Catalonia.
The price of the visit is 1.95 € per person for groups of more than 20 people or 39.07 € for groups of less than 20 people.

The Museum also offers the following workshops to school groups:
How our Ancestors Lived
Daily Life in a Neolithic Town
Play Like the Romans
We Humans
Discover the Past like an Archeologist
Do You Want to Climb Mount Olympus? The Gods are Waiting
Gods, Heroes and Myths
Write Your Name in Stone
Written Memory of the Romans

For further information about these activities please contact the Museum’s Information Office:
Tel: (+34) 934 246 577
Fax (+34) 934 245 630


The Museum explains evolution from the first humans to the beginning of medieval times in the context of Catalonia and its surroundings. Tours last 1 hour 30 minutes.

1.95 € per person for groups of more than 20 people
39.07 € for groups of less than 20 people
Previous booking is necessary.