The Museu Martorell (Martorell Museum) is one of the scientific sites of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Natural Science Museum of Barcelona or MCNB). To date it has been responsible for the museum’s geology and palaeontology collections, as well as housing a specialist library for these scientific disciplines.
The Martorell Museum was originally built thanks to a legacy left by Francesc Martorell i Peña (1822-1878) to the city of Barcelona in 1878. This neoclassical building, designed by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, was the first in Barcelona to be purpose built as a museum, the city’s first public museum located in its first urban park. Since 1924 it has exclusively held the geology collections.
At present, the centre is temporarily closed to visitors as the old building is being completely reconditioned.
This reconditioning project will hold an exhibition on the evolution of natural science museums, from cabinets of curiosities up to the present day, as well as housing the Documentation Centre. There will also be areas to carry out activities aimed at all publics, and an interpretation centre for Parc de la Ciutadella (Ciutadella Park).
The library can be consulted via the Library in the building of the Castell dels Tres Dragons (Castle of the Three Dragons).
For more information about this full-scale reconditioning project, visit this website.