Barcelona’s Museum of Funeral Carriages is so far off the beaten track that once we found it (in the building housing the very-much-active municipal morgue) even the two people behind the information desk were slow to recognize that we were trying to view this free exhibit.
It took pointing to the photo in our tour book to get one of them to dig out the key and take us into the basement down a creaky elevator. She even had to turn on the lights for us, as very few people visit the collection and we were the only ones there in the middle of the day.
She did however let us wander around for as long as we wanted. Upstairs there were several family funerals going on, but no one ventured below.
The highlight of the museum are the dozen or so carefully preserved horse-drawn funeral carriage hearses dating back to the mid-1800’s; some for the poor, others for the rich.
Special white carriages were reserved for dead children and virgins. Other carriages with darkened windows were meant to discretely carry the mistress of the dearly departed.
The museum is full of symbolism; all the coaches you can see represent in many ways, the transition from life to death, symbolized in some cases with the inscription the Greek letters alpha and omega (beginning and end).
Address: Carrer de Sancho d’Àvila 2
Hours: 10am-1pm & 4-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat, Sun & holidays
Closest hotel: Confortel Barcelona
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