The Chocolate Museum in Barcelona shows us the history of chocolate in different parts of the world. They also have impressive chocolate sculptures on exhibit, like the Sagrada Familia. Could you imagine eating this?
In Barcelona, as in any major city in the world, there are a lot of different museums. Of course, you can visit the Picasso Museum (with its extremely long line) and the Miró Museum, or the contemporary art museum (MACBA), but now I want to tell you about a unique museum: The Chocolate Museum (dedicated to that sweet treat: the chocolate!) The entrance to The Chocolate Museum will cost you 5 euros, but included in this price is a “free” chocolate bar. I looked on it as paying a couple euros to get inside and buying my souvenir chocolate at the same time. In short: win-win!
Once inside The Chocolate Museum, you will be amazed by the different chocolate sculptures on display. There are chocolate versions of many of your favorite cartoon characters including Tin Tin and Minnie Mouse, as well as famous places or events. There was an amazing sculpture of a bull fight done all in chocolate, as well as the Sagrada Familia (Gaudí´s famous unfinished cathedral) all in chocolate.
Interspersed with the chocolate sculptures you will find displays telling the history of chocolate and how it is made, as well as the culture of eating/drinking chocolate around the world. What I found most interesting were the old advertisements and posters for chocolate in Spain. It reminded me a bit of when I went to visit Chocolate World in Hershey Park where you learn about the process of making chocolate through a fun film and amusement park ride combination. The Chocolate Museum doesn’t have any sort of rides, but there are films showing the process of harvesting the cocoa beans and how they become transformed into the cup of hot chocolate or chocolate bar that you enjoy.
After visiting The Chocolate Museum, we exited into a sort of café combined with a gift store. There you can buy any number of chocolate goodies to take home or enjoy right there with a cup of coffee. I am, admittedly, a chocolate lover, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a cup of thick and rich hot chocolate. In Madrid (and much of Spain) the most typical thing to dunk in your hot chocolate is a churro (a piece of fried dough that when dipped into the chocolate soaks up the sweet drink). Here, however, they were selling a kind of cookie that reminded me of a lady finger or a madeline. The cookies were called melindres and are typical from Galicia.
The hot chocolate was very good, and we resisted buying any other chocolate treats to take with us. The Chocolate Museum also offers the option of different classes where you can paint with chocolate, learn to make different desserts, and even have a taste test of the different kinds of chocolates. We ruskommend a visit to The Chocolate Museum with 4 boquerones.
Information about The Chocolate Museum
Ruskommendation for The Chocolate Museum: 4 boquerones
- Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36, 08003 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
- Telephone: +34 932 68 78 78
- Price per person: 5 euros (other prices)
- Hours: (Mon-Sat) 10am – 7pm; (Sun) 10am – 3pm; Hours during the summer
- Official website of The Chocolate Museum