Barcelona, Spain. Chocolate Museum. Tickets are made of chocolate, packaged with five-star red flag, and entered by two-dimensional code (6 Euros/bit) with the ticket brushed. The museum is full of chocolate sculptures, exquisite and beautiful. This is a paradise for chocolate lovers. The second floor can also be made by itself. After the visit, a cup of hot chocolate (small cup 1.7 Euro/cup) is sweet, thick, happy and reluctant to leave.
If you're a chocoholic like me, you'll love this cute and quirky museum, dedicated to the sweet stuff. Once you've bought your ticket (a bar of chocolate) you can continue inside to discover the history of chocolate - how the cocoa beans were first discovered and when they first brought to Europe. Exhibits including looking at the ancient Mayan stories surrounding chocolate, chocolate in advertising and how it's actually made. The last part of the museum is dedicated to chocolate sculptures - elaborate masterpieces created entirely out of this addictive treat. I particularly like the chocolate Sagrada Familia and the chocolate Don Quixote.
I’ve never actually paid to get into the museum. But we go here often to buy the chocolates!
The Museu de la Xocolata allows you to discover various secrets regarding cocoa and chocolate. It's a unique space, that is operated by a Confectioners Guild, and does a nice job allowing you to travel to the origins of this food, know about the process, and see the works of excellent pastry makers (through a window in the Courtyard) and chocolatiers. There's also a nice gift shop and small cafe in front to further sample this tasty goodness. And all the history might be just an excuse to show off the various ornate chocolate sculptures. The Museu de la Xocolata is located within the historical Convent de Sant Agusti and the architectural details are an extra bonus. In the same Building, also don't miss the Arxiu Fotographic de Barcelona (2 Floors Up). The we were here, Gayle and I really enjoyed a free exhibit by Jacques Leonard that featured intriguing black and white photos of the Gypsy community in Barcelona.
Nestled (sorry) in the bohemian Born district of Barcelona’s old town is a museum with exhibits good enough to eat, helpfully signposted in English, French, Spanish and Catalan. This quirky museum is a heartfelt homage to the humble cocoa bean, with intricately worked chocolate sculptures of figures such as Asterix, Don Quixote and even the salamander that guards the entrance to Park Guëll. Kids will love the chocolate workshops and parties held in the specially customised kitchen on site.
Located in the former Sant Agustí monastery, this museum is a sweet gem. The barrio where it stands is the Born (take your time to visit it well!), and of course it is not only a place for kids! Remember that Barcelona's port acted as a starting point for the sale and distribution of the product chocolate all over Europe.