OUR FAVORITE MUSEUMS FOR CHILDREN IN BARCELONA
Traveling with kids can be lots of fun if you plan your sightseeing without overwhelming them, and if you add to your must-see list some sites where they are likely to have lots of fun. Even better, if you let choose what they want to visit as their special treat.
Barcelona is a very child-friendly city: kids love the Gaudi sites, that don’t feel boring at all! But beyond the top monuments, there are also smaller and little-known museums for children in Barcelona that are not just fun to visit, but also are educational. Doesn’t sound like the perfect combination? Let us show you what are the best! (and maybe you can show this post to your kids and let them choose which want they want to visit in your upcoming trip!).
These are the best kid-friendly museums in Barcelona:
This large museum of navigation deserves a whole morning or afternoon reserved to it: it’s really huge and it has been recently renovated to adapt it to the new times and make it more interactive and educational, besides restoring the impressive medieval shipyards that house it. The visit is organized in 3 main areas: the Gate, the Bridge and the Port. The Gate is the main entrance of the museum, now from the sea side – which connects the collection with the reality of the shipyards.
The Bridge gives you access to the star of the museum: the magnificent Royal Galley, a real restored ship that you’ll be able to walk on top of. Finally, the Port is the area where you’ll learn about the history of the relationship of men with the Sea: construction of ships, navigation and trips as a way to connect cultures, ports as the setting of economical, cultural and social exchanges, life on board of vessels and the dangers of the Ocean. Buoys and fishing nets articulate the story line to guide visitors through the information presented in each room. A stroll around the Port Vell, taking the elevator of the nearby Columbus statue or sailing on the port Golondrinas are the perfect match to the visit.
Actually the tram connects the Museu de la Música in Glories square with the Forum area where the Blue Museum occupies a cool Klein blue triangular shaped building (stop half way the ride to explore the Parc Central del Poblenou and Diagonal Mar parks and their playgrounds). In the Museu Blau you will learn about the formation of the earth over an evolution more than 13,000 million years long. Fossils, dinosaurs, minerals, plants and stuffed animals will fascinated your children. If your kids are in middle school, ask about the itinerary that was designed by local kids of their age wi a selection of the items that are likely to interest them the most. By the way, if your kids love animals, check out these other Barcelona kids activities involving animals.
And BONUS! Here is the real star of the museums for kids in Barcelona:
Specially when they learn that the actual ticket of the museum is a real chocolate bar! And you can treat them to more chocolate in the cafeteria gift shop at the end of the visit, and then take them burning out that extra load of energy in the Ciutadella Park just two blocks away. The collection of the museum is centered around the history of cocoa and chocolate making, and a display of handmade chocolate figures.
Do you know any other museums for kids in Barcelona that we should add to this list?
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