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A cinema session in Park Güell organized by MUHBA
A visit through El Born CCM. © Edu Pedrocchi
The virtual escape room's poster the MMB is launching this summer

Summer in Barcelona: from museum to museum

Workshops, concerts, poetry recitals, cinema, and guided tours, are some of the dozens of activities programmed.

Museums have long organized activities outside their regular exhibitions. These can either be proposals that complement the pieces in some of the rooms or completely independent activities. This summer is a good example of the desire museums across the city have to be not only a place to see historical and valuable objects or to acquire knowledge from static pieces but to also act as a cultural driver through a wide range of activities as well as a meeting point for people. From the end of June through the end of September, Barcelona's museum spaces — municipal ones, consortiums, and many private ones — have dozens of proposals to offer. These range from film screenings to concerts and poetry recitals, in addition to courses and workshops, guided and enlivened tours, open days, and even games of clues and trivia. There will be activities for all tastes and group ranges.

There are many more outdoor activities and within the afternoon-evening time slot than usual. Among the endless proposals, you will find the free express visits organized by El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, the visits combined with the workshops of the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, the open-air film series organized by the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA) that will take place in the unique space that is Park Güell and is titled Portraying Barcelona on the threshold of the 21st century, or the sea itineraries organized by the Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB), one on board of a traditional sailboat and the other with the historic Santa Eulàlia schooner. MMB is also launching a virtual escape room with the name Mar adentro... guardas del tiempo. In addition, together with three other organizations, the Botanical Garden of Barcelona, the Museu d'Arqueología de Catalunya and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, they have organized the 5th edition of the cultural trivia game Museum Quiz Summer Tour, a group game inspired by the pub quiz, a question-and-answer contest played in pubs in Great Britain. You can register for free in advance to participate,

Music will also be an essential part of museums’ summer programs. The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes, Palau Güell, Casa Vicens, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the Montjuïc Castle and the Museum of the History of Catalonia are some of the emblematic places that will host shows. Some are running summer casals related to the themes they specialize in, which is the case of the Egyptian Museum or the Design Museum of Barcelona. Others will live a particularly intense July, such as Arts Santa Mònica, the host of the international festival of contemporary art, charity Kronos Art Barcelona, or the emerging photography festival Art Photo Bcn.

You can check all the activities' details on each of the venues' websites and the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona's website.

Publication date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
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