Museums in Barcelona
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One of the most picturesque and popular museums in Barcelona is undoubtedly its splendid Wax Museum, which has a superb collection of more than 150 historical figures in 28 settings. After a complete renovation in 2020, it became one of the most modern wax museums in the world and one of the great attractions of the city.
The origins of this peculiar museum date back to 1873, when it was a beautifully finished neoclassical mansion designed by the architect Domingo Balet Nadal. The site originally functioned as the headquarters of the Ignacio Girona y Agrafel credit company. One hundred years later, the architect Enrique Alarcón resumed the project in the same palace, adding glass, silk, marble and metal to the original design with the idea of creating a mysterious, exotic and highly attractive space.
The museum includes several highly finished and detailed settings, including a Tribute to Catalonia through a room with screens that present Catalan traditions and the Great Masters. In this museum, one admire impressive representations of extraordinary realism by Shakespeare, Picasso, Marie Curie and Einstein in immersive settings. Other very popular rooms are dedicated to the great idols of show business such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Rosalía, Rihanna and Adele, all of them in impressive structures made of metal and glass.
A particular detail that makes the museum very attractive is the addition of digital technology. All the rooms are designed to be selfie-friendly, allowing visitors to take photos or videos next to the spectacular wax sculptures.