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Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt, 6, Barcelona, 08003

The Basics

A striking redbrick façade marks the entrance to the Palace of Catalan Music, which also boasts an ornamental balcony, intricate mosaics, and colorful pillars. The interiors are even more impressive, with a lavishly decorated auditorium centered around an eye-catching stained-glass skylight. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the concert hall features décor by some of Spain’s most prominent Catalan architects.

Although not renowned for its acoustics, the palace provides a suitably glittering backdrop to musical performances, making attending a concert here a rich audio-visual experience. The 2,000-seat auditorium regularly sells out, so book tickets well in advance or opt for a guided tour to fully appreciate the architecture. Tours of the concert hall can be combined with an opera or flamenco performance at the nearby Teatre Paliorama.

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Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
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$20.86 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Not Gaudi ! And phenomenal
In the balcony in the auditorium and a brief performance on the original organ. And it ISN’T Gaudi The natural light and the 300+ performances a year. And to think, in all my visits to Barcelona, I’ve never been.
Ed_F, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

star-5
Excellent tour.
Christopher_O, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Tour was conducted by a member of the theatre. An initial video about the construction & architects. Then a fully guided tour. Excellent, informative & with a bonus of a rehearsal on stage for the noon performance. A great time was had by all.
star-5
Beautiful venue! Amazing history!
Angela_A, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour
So thrilled to get to see this wonderful space on our last day in Barcelona since it had been closed temporarily for improvements. One of the highlights of our trip!
star-5
Palau de la Musica
dawtanniger, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Had an excellent time exploring the wonder and extreme beauty of this magical music hall with our very informative guide.. really enjoyed the mini organ concert.. what a treat!
star-5
Wonderful afternoon
helmutpfeiffer48, Jan 2020
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Guide was excellent. Explained clearly nad profoundly. Easy to understans. Time enough Four pictures
star-5
Barcelona in December
Alexie_M, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
This was a very informative tour. The English speaking guide was easy to understand and answered our questions with authority. The tour was high value for the fee.
star-5
Fantastic
marina_s, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Absolutely gorgeous inside and out!! Must see attraction, don’t miss it! Beautiful mosaic ceiling, which works like a light fixture,great sculptures around the main stage. Nice experience, because you will have an opportunity to see a rehearsal with real musicians and also you will see a movie with opera singers, blues singers, who shared their feelings about this place.
star-5
A must see
Hld-from-the-beach, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
An amazing facility with breathtaking architecture. I am so glad we saw this facility. We spent a hour on a guided tour (by the facility).
star-5
fantastic tour
joanne_g, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
loved this we went this my husband and two children ages 21 and 22. we all found it interesting and absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide was informative and funny
star-5
Beautiful Place
Cheryl_H, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
We loved seeing this unique Palau of Music in Barcelona. It is simply spectacular and must be seen in person.
star-5
Beautiful theatre and knowledgeable guide.
jimgill2016, Sep 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Wonderful old theatre with amazing interior and stained glass ceiling. Our guide Eve was very knowledgeable, pointing out the historic features of the building, answering our questions with enthusiasm and a smile. Highly recommend this tour. James & Gillian Australia
star-5
Worth your time and money
MaryLee_M, Jun 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
The Palau de la Música is a very unique building. The tour leader pointed out so many details that I would not have noticed. Booking on line is quite easy and convenient
star-4
Beautiful house that was created by...
Anna N, Aug 2015
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Beautiful house that was created by Domenech, a contemporary to Gaudi, who is not so well known to us today. The big concert hall is truly magnificent, with the glass ceiling and the sun in the middle. Extraordinary. The only thing tbat I wondered about was why show a film in the beginning of the tour that shows all of the rooms? Afterwards, the feeling was a bit like And now what? We've seen it all already! But apart from that, a very memorable visit.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palace of Catalan Music is a must-see for architecture buffs and music lovers.

  • Choose between a live performance or guided tour of the concert hall; guided tours last about 55 minutes.

  • Be sure to book tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

  • Photography of any kind is prohibited during concerts.

  • The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The music hall is well connected to public transportation. Take the Barcelona Metro to Urquinaona, or take buses V15, V17, or 45 to the venue.

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When to Get There

The palace is open daily throughout the year, with tours every half hour except during scheduled performances. Tours and concerts tend to sell out early, particularly during the summer high season (June to August).

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A Modernist Architecture Tour of Barcelona

The Palace of Catalan Music is one of many modernist monuments in Barcelona—perhaps the most famous not built by Antoni Gaudi. To get a feel for the work of this period, make sure to visit Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller, as well as Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila.

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