The Barcelona Mammoth Museum (in Catalan Museu del Mamut) is one of the most striking and authentic museums in the city. Located right in the heart of the city centre, in the ‘El Born’ area, the museum is housed in a gothic-style building dating back to the 13th century, which is sure to add even more interest to your visit.
The museum is closed since October 2016.
When it opened in 2010 very few people believed that it would succeed, but actually its originality and ability to present the exhibits and guide the visitor through the exhibition in an entertaining but informative manner has meant that word has got round that in Barcelona there’s a museum dedicated to mammoths!
What will we see in the Mammoth Museum?
In spite of being a small museum, it boasts a very valuable collection. Although as the name suggests, the protagonist of the museum is of course the mammoth, there are also permanent exhibitions of other animals of prehistoric origin, such as the rhinoceros, the bison, the cave bear and the musk ox.
Thanks to excellent judgment by its management, the Mammoth Museum has been designed to be interesting for visitors of all ages and knowledge. So if you already have some knowledge about mammoths and their extinction, a visit to the museum will be a perfect way of deepening your knowledge, whereas if you hardly know any background information then this visit will serve as a great introduction to this wonderful world.
The museum has several exhibition rooms, the first of which is a generic introduction to the prehistoric world and the animals that inhabited it, and the rest are more specific and focus on various prehistoric animals. The last room is an exception, and it will surprise you with an exhibition of crafts made in ivory by craftsmen in Siberia.
A huge part of the attraction of the Mammoth Museum is the fact that you can smell and touch many of the prehistoric exhibits, for example the teeth and tusks of an actual mammoth.
Guided tours are organised for groups, as well as special tours for schools, which are tailored according to the age of the children. If you are interested in organising a special event at the museum, then this can also be arranged. Whether it’s a visit for a school group or booking the museum space for an event, you just need to get in touch with the museum directly.
carrer (street) Montcada 1, Barcelona.
Every day of the week from 10:00 until 21:00.
Closed on 25th December and 1st January.
General admission: 7.50€.
Concessions: €3.50 for children under the age of 15, and over-65s.
Free entry: children under the age of 5.
How to get there
Metro: Jaume I (line 4).
Buses: líneas 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453 and tourist bus.
By foot: It’s easy to get to the museum on foot if you’re in the centre of Barcelona, in La Ribera area or even slightly further afield such as quartier of La Barceloneta.