Since 2011, the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona has hosted the Museu Blau (Blue Museum), the headquarters of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences). It was not named by chance. Blue is the colour of the building where it is located. But this colouring also refers to the Earth (the blue planet). And it is here that its benchmark exhibition Planet Life offers a journey through the history of the life and evolution on Earth.
The show exhibits the traditional collection of the Museum - fossils, naturalised animals, plants, algae, minerals and rocks - in an educational way and through touch screens and display cases and also includes areas devoted to fungi and the microscopic world (with reproductions of viruses and microbes). The museum exhibits 4,500 of the 3 million pieces the Museum holds.
In the lobby, with free access, you can find the most emblematic piece of the Museum, the skeleton of a whale which was found in 1862 on the beach of Llançà and that, by popular vote, has been named Brava.
The Museu de Ciències Naturals is an institution with more than 130 years of history and was started with the legacy of the collections of the naturalist Francesc Martorell i Peña. In addition to the Fòrum building, it has other locations in the city: the Jardí Botànic de Barcelona and the Jardí Botànic Històric, both located on Montjuïc, and the Museu Martorell and the Laboratori de Natura (Castell dels Tres Dragons), in the Parc de la Ciutadella.
The Museu Blau offers activities for all ages: games, workshops and many other things to do for children and adults either with a guide or on your own, and they all have a common denominator: rekindling the respect and an interest in nature.