The Museu Martorell (Martorell Museum) was built thanks to a bequest made by Francesc Martorell i Peña (1822-1878) to the city of Barcelona in 1878. The neoclassical building, designed by the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, was the first to be constructed in Barcelona expressly to house a museum and was the city’s first public museum, standing in its first urban park. The Museu Martorell has been used exclusively to house geology collections since 1924.
The Museu Martorell is one of the scientific centres that form the Museum. The building houses the geology and palaeontology collections, which will shortly be transferred to the Laboratory de Natura (Castell dels Tres Dragons), as well as a library specialising in these scientific fields.
Notice: with the exception of the Library, this centre is temporarily closed to the public.