Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum | Barcelona City Guide
The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction, showcasing the history of the plant and its importance in medicine, nutrition, recreation, and industries. The museum offers a unique perspective on the plant and its place in our society. It houses rare artifacts and items, sourced by founder Ben Dronkers over the course of forty years from all corners of the globe.
The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum is located within the Palau Mornau, a 15th-century building which was restored to its former glory by architect Raspall in 1908. Containing over 8000 artefacts, the museum is the largest museum in the world that is entirely dedicated to cannabis.
Why visit the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum?
- The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum is one of the few museums located in the heart of the Ciutat Vella (old city).
- It is only the second one of its kind and also the largest such museum in the world.
- The building that houses the museum was once a city palace for the Santcliment family.
- In a restoration project that took over 10 years, the building restored the stained glass windows, a faux stone facade, floral wrought iron balconies and more.
- Inside the building are artefacts from various parts of the world, all representing the vitality of hash, marihuana, and hemp in their culture.
Top 10 Attractions at the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum
You can see various artefacts and interesting inventions at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. Here are the top things at the museum which you cannot miss:
As interesting as a museum dedicated to marijuana is, an even more interesting tidbit is that inside the grand old building of Palau Mornau, there is a chapel located inside it.
Original works of art by David Teneirs the younger, Cornelius Decker and Herman Saftleven from the 17 century. The artwork is accompanied by an array of botanical prints from the 18th and 19th century.
The museum has curated an interesting archive about Christopher Columbus and his usage of the plant. His original ship the Santa Maria was made out of hemp, so it could withstand the forces of the ocean and the salt water that barraged his ship daily.
A new entrant at the museum archive! A doll from 19th century Feudal Japan, with clothing made out of hemp. The fibre was used by the warlords to be sold for high prices and used to make clothing that was reserved only for the highest social classes. (Image Credits)
These Japanese artefacts detailed the usage of hemp by samurai warriors and warlords. Learn the fascinating story behind how the arrival of cotton wiped out its usage from 1877.
With over 8000 artefacts across the museum, you can find all sorts of tools that were developed to cultivate hemp and hash specifically. Tools from all eras that were instrumental in the cultivation of hemp and making items of clothing. Handlooms from various eras that were used to make hemp are available for viewing.
Leaf through text books, posters and promotional campaigns from all periods of time stretching back to the mid 16th century that emphasise the usefulness of hemp and marihuana. Texts in languages such as German, Dutch, English and French. (Image Credits)
At the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum, you’ll find various pieces of literature and advertising posters from the 20th century revolution that aimed to legalize marihuana in the United States. The items can be viewed all over the museum, with framed posters taking up huge sections of the museum walls.
The 15th-century building that houses the hemp museum is a sight to behold . Restored for the purpose of the museum, it has found new life in the 21st century and is a historically important building in the old city.
The Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum contains entire sections dedicated to the brilliance of industrial hemp and how it is one of the oldest industrial plants to exist on the planet.
- Mondays to Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Sundays: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
- The whole tour of the museum takes approximately two hours, wherein you can spend sufficient time at every attraction in the museum.
The afternoon is the best time to visit the museum, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm is ideal to look around the museum, which itself will take around 2 hours. Visitors can expect a waiting time of around 5-10 minutes, depending on the rush. We recommend picking up a Skip-the-line pass to avoid any queues. As it is the old city, there will be a rush in and around the museum from early morning.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is located in the old city or the “Ciutat Vella” and is easily accessible by all modes of public transport.
- Taxi: In the city of Barcelona, any form of transport is reliable; however, if time is of the essence, taxis are your best bet. They usually take a base rate of 2.16 Euros and then 1.03 Euros every additional mile.
- Metro: Lines L3 and L4 all connect and stop near the museum.
- Train: Trains L6, R2S, and R4 are the lines that stop near or around the museum.
- Bus: Buses - 45, D20, V15, and V17 lead to the museum.
- From the Airport: You can take any mode of transportation to make your way to the museum. It takes an average of 21 minutes by car and you can also take the bus routes 46 followed by D20 to make your way to the museum.
- Guided Tours: There is a guided tour in Spanish on every Saturday at 12:00 Noon and Catalan on Sundays at 12:00 Noon. You can also reserve a tour in English, French or Italian by calling (+34) 933197539 or via email.
Know Before You Go
- Being in the old city and near other attractions such as the Sagrada Familia church, a budget of at least 50 Euros is a must.
- The hash museum tickets cost 9 Euros per person.
- Dress code: Smart casuals.
Q. Which hotels are the closest by distance to the Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum?
A. The following hotels are near the Hemp Museum Barcelona:
- (0.23 km) Mercer Hotel
- (0.12 km) Duquesa Suites
- (0.24 km) Aparthotel Arai
Q. Is the museum free to enter?
A. No, but the 9 Euro ticket allows you to visit two attractions for the price of one.
Q. Is it possible to just access the gift shop alone?
A. Yes, it is absolutely possible to access only the gift shop.
Q. Can you enter the museum for free on Sundays?
A. No, unfortunately you cannot, however, you can visit the museum on temporary exhibition days for free between 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Q. Is a printout of the ticket necessary?
A. No, a digital copy on your phone is sufficient.
Q. Is it possible to buy the ticket just before admission?
A. Yes it is, you can purchase the ticket at the entrance.
Q. Can people under the age of 18 enter?
A. Yes, the museum is for all ages and admission is free for all individuals under the age of 13, accompanied by an adult.