El Born Cultural Centre

Updated May 27 2023

El Born Centre Cultural i de la Memòria (in english Centre for Culture and Memory), also known as Born CCM, is home to a magnificent archaeological site, with remains of Barcelona from the 1700s, around which has been built a historical space, which is of incalculable historical value.

From the old Market to the Culture and Memory Centre

After the demolition of the walls of the current Parc de la Ciutadella, new opportunities became possible for the La Ribera district, which allowed the construction of the much-needed market, which was known as the Mercat del Born, built between 1874 and 1876 by the architect Josep Fontserè i Mestre.

El Born Centre Cultural Memòria

After nearly 100 years in operation as a market, the building’s structure was renovated in order to be used as an area for exhibitions and various events, until it was decided in 2002 to convert it into the site of Barcelona’s Provincial Library. It was during these works to convert the old market into the library that the archaeological remains were discovered, which initially put the works on hold and then prompted the decision to turn the space into the historical site that stands today, known as Born Centre Cultural in Catalan.

Visits to the Born CCM

The Born Cultural and Memory Centre is divided into various spaces, the most central and important of which is the area housing the architectural remains, which takes up the entire basement level.

The archaeological site

Its sheer size, covering an area of 8,000m2, and its perfect state of conservation make the Born CCM archaeological site unique throughout Europe. Thanks to the existing building as well as the documentation that survives from the time, it has been possible to piece together in detail the daily lives of people in 14th to 17th century Barcelona as well as the events that took place leading up to the War of Succession.

archaeological site Born Centre Cultural

The remains, which can be found in the basement and observed from the ground floor or visited through one of the guided tours that are organised, corresponds to a part of the district that was called Vilanova de Mar. You can clearly see the roads, squares and remains of the houses from the era, which really helps the visitor to imagine what life was like for the city’s people 300 years ago.


Thanks to its 5 exhibition spaces, the Cultural and Memory Centre of El Born is capable of housing two exhibitions at the same time (Sala Villarroel, Sala Casanovas), carrying out all sorts of activities, whether leisure or cultural (Sala Moraques), housing a gastronomic space, a bookshop and a gift shop (Sala Castellví) and a small auditorium space that’s located outside the structure of the former market (Sala Comercial, 5).

permanent exhibition

The Sala Villaroel is used for the permanent exhibition “Barcelona 1700, from its stones to its people”, which focuses on explaining the history of the years running up to the Siege of Barcelona in 1714. As well as explaining the history with the help of different panels (in Catalan, Spanish, English and in some cases French too), many of which are multimedia displays, you can also see a scaled-down model of Barcelona at the time and a large number of objects that were recovered from the site throughout the archaeological excavations before the Born CCM was inaugurated. The Sala Casanovas, on the other hand, is reserved for temporary exhibitions.

Opening hours of the different spaces within the Born CCM

The Centre

Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00.

* Access to the building during these times is free of charge.

Exhibition and archaeological site

Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00.

* You will need to pay to access the exhibitions and the archaeological site, and entry closes 30 minutes before the official closing time.

Bookshop – Bestiari Gift Shop

Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00.

The Moritz Gastronomic Area

From Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 until midnight.

* Once the rest of the Born CCM is closed, you can still access the Moritz Gastronomic Area through the entrance on Plaça Comercial.

Open days

Sundays from 15:00.
The first Sunday of each month from 10:00 until 20:00.
12th February, 18th May, 11th and 24th September, 30th November.

* During the Open Days access to the exhibitions is free of charge but visits to the archaeological site aren’t carried out.

Days on which the centre closes

1st January, 1st May, 24th June, 25th December.
Every Monday, except those which coincide with a public holiday (that isn’t any of those that we have just mentioned).

Entry cost, and where to buy tickets

The visit to the Born CCM itself is free of charge and you won’t need a ticket. For those wishing to buy a ticket that gives you entry to the two exhibitions and the very interesting and informative audioguide, you can do so via the Born CCM’s website or in their ticket offices on site.

Permanent exhibition

General admission: €4.40
Concessions: €3.08

The guided tour of the archaeological site

This tour, which always needs to be booked in advance, gives you the opportunity to walk through some of the city’s old streets from 1714 that were preserved and stayed buried after the fall of the city in the hands of Felipe V.

Price of the tour
Individual entry to the archaeological site: €6.60 (in english).
Archaeological site + full price guided tour: €8.80.

Times of the archaeological tour
English: from tuesday to sunday at 16:30.
Spanish: sunday at 13:00.
Catalan: Saturday and sunday at 12.00 and 17.30.

Duration of tour
1 hour.

Times of the archaeological tour + permanent exhibition
Spanish: saturday at 13:00.
Catalan: from tuestay to friday at 17.00. Saturday and sunday at 12.30 and 17.00.

To request a tour (for groups) in another language you will need to contact the centre at least 3 weeks in advance.

Free of charge

Under 16s, holders of the ‘tarjeta rosa gratuita’, members of the ICOM (the International Council of Museums) and the AMC (the Association of Catalan Museums), accredited teachers who are accompanying a group of students, people with an accredited pass for accompanying someone with a disability, accredited journalists, holders of the Barcelona Card.

A note

In order to go on any of the guided tours you will need to reserve in advance. You can make your reservation via email at reserveselborncc@bcn.cat or by calling +34 93 256 68 50 (from Monday to Friday, 09:30 to 19:00).

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Opening hours

The information can be found above.

Ticket prices

The information can be found above.

How to get there?

Metro: Jaume I (line 4).

Buses: Lines 39, 40, 42, 45, 51, 120, H14, H16, V15, V17 and tourist bus.

By foot: Right in the heart of el Born, la Ribera y Santa Caterina district, you can walk from any of the surrounding areas, such as the Gothic Quarter or Barceloneta.

Nearby places of interest

Barcelona Picasso Museum
Barcelona Chocolate Museum
La Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
Barcelona Zoo
MEAM Barcelona

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