Besides Gaudi and Guell, Barcelona has so much more to offer. Tucked in a small street between La Rambla and El Born, there is the Motorbike Museum Museo Moto. A private motorbike collection showcasing 2-wheelers from the past hundred years. Besides the permanent exhibition, there is a temporary exhibition until April 22nd, ‘Scooters, 100 years of urban motorcycles‘ which I can really recommend.
Around 80 motorbikes are exhibited on 600 m², in the heart of Barri Gotic. The building at Calle Palla, where the Museum is on the ground floor, is from the 12th century and used to be the Convent of Sant Felip Neri. A historical place, perfect to display the back and now of the Scooter-Metropolis Barcelona.
Like no other city in Europe, there is the greatest number of scooters in Barcelona, there are even more in Rome, and even Vespa’s are on every street corner. But not only Barcelona is characterised by transport on two wheels, the entire region of Catalonia has a long past with the theme two-wheeler. There were once hundreds of manufacturers of motorcycles to date has not survived anymore in their actual form, and with the original name. Some of them are Belfi, Lutetia or Simó, more to be found in the fourth exhibition area of the Museu Moto. The motorcycle museum is divided into 5 sections, as well as a special exhibition. Starting with “Motorcycle and society”, and how people have been mobile in the last 100 years. Cars were expensive, but small motorcycles meant freedom and mobility, the joy of life, but also pure use in warfare. It continues with sport, with “Competition”. Until recently, I had the endurance race “24 hours from Montjuic”, right in Barcelona. But also about other competitions like the Dakar Rally is informed, with appropriate motorcycles and prototypes from the respective epochs. A look at the industries of other countries is given in the third exhibition section “Industry”. BMW Motorrad in Germany or Honda, the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world with an average production capacity of nearly 17 million units annually.
The “Museo Moto” motorcycle museum in Barcelona is a pleasant change to the typical tourist activities in Barcelona. Visitors will get an insight into how the two-wheeler has shaped and changed our company over the past decades, with many anecdotes and numerous motorcycles and two-wheelers. The region of Catalonia was a bubbling place for motorcycle companies driven by inventor spirit and personal ideas. Hardly any city in Europe is so connected to the two-wheeler, as such a museum fits perfectly.
Address Barcelona Motorcycle Museum
Calle Palla, 10
Tel. +34 933 186 584
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
entrance fee: 9 €, reduced 6 €, children under the age of 8 are free