The Museu Blau, so-named because of its blue facade, is Barcelona's Natural Science Museum. Located in the redeveloped area of Barcelona's Forum, the museum offers an educational journey through earth's natural history.
There's a colossal collection of mineral forms, exotic plants and stuffed animals. Especially worth checking out is a mirrored room with special visual effects offering spectacularly distorted architectural and natural landscapes.
Other draws are an enormous whale skeleton discovered in 1862 on the Catalan coast, and a lake fringed by interesting flora, where workshops are given on microbiology and botanics.
The site of the museum is the jaw-dropping building in the shape of an equilateral triangle created by architect firm Herzog & De Meuron for the 2004 Forum exhibition in Selva del Mar.
The Museu Blau is open between 10 am and 7pm Tuesday-Friday and til 8pm on weekends. It's closed on Mondays.
Address: Pza. Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5, Parque del Forum, Barcelona
Telephone: 93 256 2200
Nearest Metro Station: El Maresme/Forum (Yellow Line)