Barcelona’s Motorcycle Museum is one of Barcelona’s real jewels. It can be found on carrer de la Palla, one of the narrow charming streets in the Gothic Quarter, and it really makes the most of its 600m2 site, which used to belong to the Sant Felip Neri convent, to display its collection to the full.
Unfortunately, the museum closed its doors on 3rd October 2017. The Basella Motorcycle Museum is still open.
The museum is managed by the ‘Fundació Privada Museu Moto Mario Soler’, which takes its name from Mario Soler, who was a devoted fan of anything on two wheels and who, over the course of much of the 20th century, restored and collected a huge amount of classic motorcycles in his workshop in Bassella (Lleida).
As soon as you enter the Barcelona Motorcycle Museum you’ll see all sorts of items for purchase and gift ideas, all of which are connected with the world of scooters and classic motorbikes. Here you’ll be able to buy anything from key rings to cups, stickers, replicas of some of the most charismatic models of motorbikes, as well as other ornaments and trinkets.
Once you’ve bought your ticket and seen the items that you might want to buy when you leave the museum, you’ll begin the tour, walking along a small corridor in which the first motorcycles can be found. The bikes are displayed in chronological order, so it’s best to follow the recommended route within the museum so that you see the evolution of the motorbikes from the first model, dating back to 1904, to the most modern, which are still considered classics. There’s also a small area within the museum where a documentary video is shown.
If you have enjoyed visiting the fantastic collection within Barcelona’s Motorcycle Museum but have left wanting to discover more, we recommend you to visit the Bassella Motorcycle Museum, which is in the restorer and collector Mario Soler’s home city, and is run by the same organisation. This museum, which occupies a site of 1.000m2, exhibits a total of 190 motorbikes and scooters in its large rooms, including in the workshop itself where Mario Soler used to restore the motorbikes.
Temporary exhibition and events
The permanent collection, which is interesting enough in itself, is complemented by a temporary exhibition, which is updated each year. The temporary exhibition always tries to focus on a specific theme, in order for the public to get to know different aspects of the history of motorbikes a little better, something that the permanent exhibition doesn’t go into in such great detail. The Motorcycle Museum also organises and/or promotes different activities and events, all connected with the world of the motorcycle. Amongst these, a highlight is surely the MotoClàssica Barcelona, which is an urban motorcycle rally that goes through the city, impressing all the fans of speed on two wheels.
c/ (street) de la Palla 10, Barcelona.
From Monday to Saturday: from 10:30 to 19:30.
Sundays: check before attending.
Adults: 9,00€ (incluye bebida).
Discounts: There are various discounts available (ask at the ticket office).
Free of charge: children under the age of 8.
How to get there?
Metro: Jaume I (line 4), Catalunya (lines 1 and 3).
Buses: lines 45, 59, 91, 120, V13, V15, V17 and tourist bus.
On foot: If you’re already in the centre of Barcelona, you can easily walk to the Motorcycle Museum.