Museums in Barcelona
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The Barcelona History Museum, popularly known as the Plaza de Rey Museum because its headquarters are located there, is one of the most important museum institutions in the city. It exhibits, disseminates and treasures Barcelona’s immense historical heritage from its origins more than 2,000 years ago to the present.
The museum's heritage is simply immense, which is why the museum manages several heritage centres located throughout the city. These include the Plaza del Rey Monumental Complex, the Roman Sepulchral Route, the Temple of Augustus, the Gate of the Sea and the Port Hot Springs.
The museum originated in 1931, when Padellás House, one of the oldest and most important heritage buildings in Barcelona, had to be moved stone by stone to Plaza del Rey. This is why the city deemed it necessary to create an institution that would watch over the patrimonial treasure.
The Plaza del Rey Museum treasures an immense number of objects, artifacts and pieces of enormous historical and patrimonial value, the vast majority of them rescued from archaeological expeditions. Among the many pieces that the museum possesses are a stone relief from Montjuic and a marble bust attributed to Agrippina, both from the 1st century, an original wheel from an Iberian chariot from the 4th century BC, an epigraphic plaque made of marble with the name of the Roman colony Barcino from the year 130, a Corinthian vase made of ceramic from the 2nd century, a bronze seal-ring from the 5th century and some wall paintings from the 13th century.