Time stands still at Barcelona Museu de Cera wax museum

Time stands still at Barcelona Museu de Cera wax museum

Looking for things to do near Las Ramblas, the famous pedestrian walkway in Barcelona?  Consider the Museu de Cera, a wax museum on a Las Ramblas sidestreet not far from the Christopher Columbus monument.

The Barcelona wax museum contains a hundreds of human-like wax figures representing historical and entertainment personalities.  Most of the characters only exist in our minds because we only see them in the movies or on the television.  The Museu de Cera brings the characters to life – and then makes time stand still.

Imagine seeing Star Wars characters in person.  The museum makes it possible.  The wax museum has realistic representations of famous Star Wars characters Chewbacca and R2-D2 alongside Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

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Other museum characters have historical importance. Alongside Spanish royalty and political scenes, you’ll see English and American royalty in the form of Princess Diana and former President Bill Clinton.

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Barcelona’s Museu de Cera wax museum is housed in a restored 19th century statehouse with a lot of charm.   One room is called the “glass patio” and has an arched vaulted ceiling with a 1908 oil painting.  One room is called the “armoured Room” and has steel walls and is representative of a 19th century bank vault.

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According to the Museu de Cera website, the strange museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am till 1.30 pm & from 4 pm till 7.30 pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 am till 2 pm & from 4.30 pm till 8.30 pm.  So don’t plan on going during siesta because it’s closed except in the summer when the museum is open from 10 am till 10 pm.  The museum is located on a sidestreet off of Las Ramblas and is easy to get to.


Address:  Passatge de la Banca, Barcelona

If you need a drink after visiting the museum, check out the Bosc de les Fades cafe across the street from the museum.  Bosc de les Fades is described as “a unique and magical place: a forest inhabited by strange trees, gnomes and other unexpected creatures.”

For an entirely different theme, check out Passatge del Temps next door. Passatge del Temps brings a modern origami theme to a place offering a drink and a bite eat. Passatge del Temps is next to Bosc de les Fades.

If you like museums, Barcelona has plenty of variety.  Even if you hate museums, some of Barcelona’s museums may change your mind.  It would be hard to find a city with more museums in its vicinity than Barcelona.  It’s even harder to find a city with as many off-the-wall unique museums as Barcelona.

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