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Museu del Disseny de Barcelona

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  • El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou
Plaça del DHUB
© Maria DiasDHUB, Glòries

Time Out says

Installed in the DHUB building, popularly known as 'la Grapadora' ('The Stapler'), the Design Museum is home to some 70,000 objects – among them tableware, ceramics, corsets, chairs, boxes and publicity posters – that show the evolution of the decorative arts in design and the works of contemporary artists.

The first floor is where you'll find the exhibition 'Del Món al Museu' ('From the World to the Museum'), a selection of objects of industrial design and products that shows what makes something an everyday item as well as a museum piece – the Marquina no-drip cruet, the Zeleste lamp and the BKF chair, for example.

On the second floor is 'Extraordinàries!', a tour of the decorative arts, from the third century to the mid-20th century, with one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, pottery, glass works and other artworks. The third floor is home to textiles. Under the name 'El Cos Vestit' ('The Body Dressed') is an exhibition of thesis built around how dresses have sculpted silhouettes throughout history, from the mid-16th century to 2015.

From textiles to paper: the top floor features an exhibition of graphic design from the 1940s to the 1980s, with posters, packaging and books that reflect the passage of the commercial artist to graphic designer.

In addition to these four permanent exhibition halls, which are to be updated every five years, the museum includes a temporary exhibition space, a documentation centre that's open to the public, and an archive dedicated to the collection and preservation of the collections.

Written by Maria Junyent


Irena Sendler, 1 (cantonada carrer d'Àvila)
Glòries (L1)
Permanent exhibitions: €6 (€4, reduced); temporary exhibitions, check website.
Opening hours:
Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
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