History of Barcelona Football Club Museum
The club's founder, Joan Gamper, initially had the idea to create a museum in the 1920s. It was much later, in 1984, when Josep Lluis Nunez opened it. He was then president of FC Barcelona. In 2000, it was renamed in honour of its founder. Over the next 14 years, donations would help increase its size.
Inside the Museum - Four Principal Areas
- history of the club through over 100 years of existence. Trophies, photos and memorabilia.
- selection of art work by Dali, Miro and Subirachs. Presented in club-organized exhibitions.
- Colleccio Futbolart. Private collections describing the history of football
- Temporary club-related exhibitions to enjoy.
Other Sports Exhibitions
Football is not the only sport in Barcelona, but do not say this too loudly.
There is also handball, basketball and hockey. All of these have exhibits
in the museum. The one thing that every visitor wants to see is the European
Champions League cup. Barcelona Football Club won this in 1992 at Wembley
stadium. A high point of Barcelona's football accolades.
What is Modern Football in Spain?
Some say football is the modern day equivalent of warfare. Enthusiasm and emotion
follows every touch of the ball. FC Barcelona has come to represent a integral
part of Catalonian identity.
Politics and football have mixed in Spain. Waving
the red and gold colours of FC Barcelona was once the only way to display Catalan
nationalist symbols. Franco's dictatorship banned this freedom.
There are guided tours of the stadium. You get taken into the visiting team's changing rooms. Also down the tunnel where the player come onto the pitch. Also, onto the pitch itself. The tour ends in the president's box, overlooking the 120000-seat Camp Nou stadium.
Nearby is the Placa Pius XII in the heart of the Avinguda Diagonal, which is the gate to Barcelona's shopping area. There are over 100000 members, which is so highly prized that according to local legend, newborn children are signed up moments after birth.