5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona’s Olympic and Sports Museum

Barcelona is a destination that offers multiple appealing options for sport enthusiasts. A visit to the Catalan capital wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Palau Sant Jordi, the Camp Nou, or the Olympic Stadium, but don’t forget the Olympic and Sports Museum. This museum is a space that pays homage to sports in all forms: from those that are purely for recreation and entertainment to the most competitive. If you choose to stay at our hotel in Poble Sec, you can get to the museum via an easy walk through the neighborhood.

The Olympic and Sports Museum opened its doors in 2007. A few years later they added Antoni Samaranch to their name in honor of the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001 who was a major driving force behind Barcelona 92. Don’t miss this when you visit Barcelona! Here are 5 reasons to visit this museum.

1. The Olympic and Sports museum as a teacher of values

A walk through this museum will allow visitors to learn more about the values associated with sport. Teamwork, effort, and consistency are a just a few values you can see represented in the exhibits, workshops, and other activities.

2. A museum that is educational and fun at the same time

This museum has various programs to entertain children and adults. For example, “Vacaciones en el museo” (Holidays at the Museum) takes place during school holidays (summer, Christmas, and Holy Week) that includes a trip to a movie theater and a visit to the museum. The museum also offers sports activities and visits to the Olympic Stadium.

Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch - Barcelona

3. The permanent collection includes over 5,000 exclusive pieces

Over 5,000 pieces guarantee that visitors will be drawn in to learn about the various events throughout the history of sport worldwide. Among them you’ll find one-of-a-kind objects like Blanca Fernández Ochoa’s skis, Marc Márquez’s coveralls, or a poster for the 1936 People’s Olympiad. Your visit will take you through rooms like the Hall of Sports, the hall of Fame, Barcelona 92, and the Espacio del Motor, devoted to cars.

4. It’s an innovative, multimedia experience

In addition to physical pieces, the Olympic and Sports museum also boast innovative audiovisual installations that will make your visit even more enjoyable. Each visitor is immersed in an interactive experiece that makes time fly.

5. There’s also something new

The programming changes periodically so there are always new activities going on in the museum. See the schedule section to see what’s coming up next season.

The Olympic and Sports Museum is located at Mt. Montjuïc, close to the Olympic Stadium. It’s open in the morning and afternoon Tuesday through Saturday, and just in the morning on Sundays. Enjoy your stay at our boutique hotel near Montjuic!

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