An testament to Barcelona’s most recent pivotal moment, the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures.
Metro: L4 (Yellow) - Maresme-Fòrum
The Forum Building, was built by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, is the primary symbol of Barcelona’s most recent transformation, which took place in 2004 on the occasion of the Universal Forum of Cultures. That magnificent event prompted a comprehensive remodeling of the north side of the city, now home to the Forum building, an imposing indigo-colored triangular structure located in the center of a grand plaza. Its three sides, each measuring 180 meters wide and 25 meters tall while a series of metallic bands let light infuse the interior through windows designed to approximate the effect of water pouring in from the ceiling.
Inside, the building serves as the home to the Museum Blau, one of the city’s Museums of Natural Sciences, as well as the CCIB Barcelona International Convention Center, which houses two permanent exhibitions about the city itself.
Information overload (in a good way)
We spent well over two hours here and probably only saw / read / interacted with a small proportion of the amazing wealth of exhibits. The building is huge and the layout is smooth and easy to navigate.
There is a huge amount of information to consume and an extraordinarily diverse and detailed array of objects and beautifully presented films.
I loved the shark “swimming” on the floor, the evolution of the planet, the numerous fossils, minerals, bacteria, microbes, skeletons... It is a truly amazing experience and the knowledge and expertise shared is fantastic.
Definitely recommended and very reasonably priced.
Be aware there is no cafe but a couple of vending machines. We didn’t go into the gift shop or the garden exhibition.