While we were waiting in the queue to get tickets to go into the Picasso Museum we passed the Museu Barbier-Mueller Art PreColombi – Inca museum.
Now I am a bit of a fan of the Inca civilization from way back so I tell Paula that I would like to see this exhibition if we get the time. Well we found some time on the second to last day and I am so glad we did.
The first time we went was on Easter Monday and it was nearly 3pm, so the museum was closing and that’s why we had to return on another day as they close at 3pm on public holidays.
It only cost us 2€70 each with our 20% discount from the bus tour booklet. So a very inexpensive museum to visit.
There are three ‘spaces’ of exhibition and when we entered the first space we looked at each other and remarked ‘hmm, well I can see why it is so cheap. However when we came out of the first room and crossed the courtyard to the second exhibition space, we were pleasantly surprised. There are quite a number of really interesting objects.
The third exhibition space is back across the courtyard and upstairs, of course. And again we are delighted by the artefacts on display and also with the layout of the display.
The shop has some interesting pieces on sale if you are looking for a keepsake to take home.
Honestly, if you are in any way interested in ancient Inca civilizations then I recommend you take a look through this museum.
So where is the Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombi
- Montcada 14. 08003 Barcelona
Opening times are:
- Tuesday to Friday – 11am to 7pm
- Saturdays and Sundays – 11am to 8.00pm
- Public holidays – 11am to 3pm.
- On non holiday Mondays the museum is closed
Here are some of the artifacts you will see in the museum:
- Pajcha (Ceremonial Receptacle) -Ceramic – Inca – Peru – 1450AD -1533AD
- Pajchas were used for libation of water or Chicha (fermented maize) onto the earth in rites seeking to foster fertility.
Portrait Vessel from Mochica Culture in Peru – 100BC – 600AD
- These portrait vessels are a beautiful example of Mochica art. They are a ritual item that accompanied the deceased at the time of their burial.
Cat With Handle
Nose Ring – Gold and Silver – Mochica Culture – Peru 100BC – 600AD
- Nose rings were a sign of elite status in life. They became part of the funerary dowry of the elite.
You can see more of the items on display in our photo gallery.