Dioramas are an old-style fixture at many museums around the world, but how often are they made out of chocolate?
At the Chocolate Museum in Barcelona, Spain – or the Museu de la Xocolata as it’s called in Catalan – I learned that chocolate sculpting can be a highly creative art form.
When I was there I saw a bull fight with both matador and bull made out of chocolate. That’s about as close as you’ll get to the real thing in Barcelona, given that bull fighting is Castilian not Catalan, and as an animal lover that’s fine by me. I also saw a chocolate tableau from the Asterix comics, a chocolate forest scene featuring Bambi and a chocolate Ben Hur, plus machinery used in chocolate making.
Seeing all that chocolate made me hungry, but luckily I could nibble on my ticket – made of chocolate of course – and then stop for a hot chocolate on the way out. It costs €4.30 to get in to the museum, but it’s free to enter the café area.
There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona and this is NOT a must-do, but it is mildly entertaining and it is centrally located near the Parc de la Ciutadella. It could be quite fun with small children, though it’s not a cheap diversion given that the exhibit space is quite small.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm, and closed on Tuesday.
Photo credit: Caitlin Fitzsimmons, used with permission (all rights reserved).
Caitlin Fitzsimmons is a journalist and travel writer based in San Francisco. She blogs about travel and food at Roaming Tales.