5 museums off the beaten track Barcelona

Frederic Marès Museum

Plaça Sant Iu 5

+34 (0)93 256 35 00

www.museumares.bcn.cat

The Frederic Marès Museum is considered to hold one of Spain's most important collections of sculptures from the 3rd and 4th century. Sculptor Frederic Marès also collected objects from 18th- and 19th-century bourgeois Barcelona: canes, glasses, umbrellas, pipes, toys... If that doesn't pique your curiosity, know that the building used to belong to the Inquisition.

Antoni Tàpies Foundation

Carre d'Arago 255

+34 (0)93 487 03 15

www.fundaciotapies.org

Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) may not be well-known abroad, in Catalonia he's a celebrity. The Foundation that bears his name is primarily dedicated to his work (obviously) but also show exhibits of artists from the second half of the 20th century. The building, a beautiful modernist creation, is crowned by Tàpies' work Cloud and Chair, a whirl of crisscrossing metal.

Perfume museum

Passeig de Gràcia 39

+34 (0)93 216 01 21

www.museudelperfum.com

Bit of a misleading name, since the collection consists mainly of perfume bottles. Still, it's very informative on the history of perfume through the ages. The collection consists of two parts: one is a historical overview and one is dedicated to 'industrial perfume', i.e. the industry that appeared in the 18th century.

Design Museum

Plaça de les Glories Catalanes 37

+34 (0)93 256 68 00

www.museudeldisseny.cat

The Design Museum is just a couple of years old and we urge you to go and discover it. It has exhibitions on the four branches of design: space, product, information and fashion. It's housed in a handsome, original piece of architecture, right next to Torre Agbar.

Shoe museum

Plaça de Sant Felip

Neri 5

+34 (0)93 301 45 33

There's 300 years of footwear on display in this one-room-museum. A charming oddity, this one, and it's located on Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, one of the most beautiful squares of El Gotic, so that makes two reasons to come here.

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