From Roman times to the present day capital of Catalonia, the city of Barcelona has hundreds of years of history and many stories to tell. The Barcelona City History Museum preserves and communicates the historical heritage of the city for locals and visitors alike. There are multiple exhibitions throughout the city with present findings, as well as facilities for ongoing research.
The museum conserves many of the Roman sites of Barcelona as archaeological sites — while others like the city's Palau Reial Major and the Jewish Quarter date back to the Middle Ages. There are also a fair number of sites related to more modern significances, including Franco and the Spanish Civil War or iconic architect Antoni Gaudi. The museum itself was inaugurated just after the end of the Spanish Civil War, in 1943. Its headquarters at Casa Padellas is a prime example of a Catalán gothic courtyard, and contains an entire preserved quarter of the ancient Roman city of Barcino, which present day Barcelona emerged from.
The museum is located at Plaça del Rei in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. The closest metro stop is Jaume I. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and again from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, with extended hours in summer. Entrance is 7 euro.