Barcelona Football Club is a must when you visit Catalonia. Barcelona FC museum is one most visited of the museums in Barcelona, with sporting things dating back 100 years. Camp Nou is also the largest stadium in Europe.
The Barça club’s history had three main periods. Joan Gamper, a Swiss man, introduced football in Barcelona, setting up a team on 29th November 1899. In the first phase, the club has not a permanent address. Later, Barcelona Football Club built their first stadium at Les Corts neighbourhood, with visitor-capacity limited to 22,000 people. The Les Corts ground was officially opened in 1922, and modified several times because the team’s reputation and success grew. In 1936 Franco’s troops executed the club’s president Josep Sunyol, due to his membership of a left wing party. Barça has survived the Civil War, and the club began attracting more members and audiences at matches. The third stage is the Club’s expansion; it was erected in the current location. In 1957 Camp Nou was built, with an initial capacity of 90,000 people.
The popular name for the stadium was Camp Nou, but the official one was: Estadio del Club de Fútbol Barcelona. In 2001 the organization decided to change the name, and call it, after the popular one: Camp Nou. In Catalan, Camp Nou means “new field“, and the name referred to the old Les Corts stadium. Camp Nou is much more than just a stadium, just as Barcelona FC writes on its playing field: ‘more than just a club’ (“Més que un club”).
You can visit the famous Barcelona FC (Camp Nou), and have the chance to walk through the most representative parts of the stadium, getting a real impression on what happen behind the scenes at the club. Furthermore you can enjoy a Museum Tour (for the same price), one of the most popular tours in Barcelona. The museum’s tour estimated duration is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
There are two kinds of entrance fee. The Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience tour ticket gives access to the museum, the multimedia centre and the pitch area. You can also see the football players changing rooms; the pressroom and VIP lounge; the field area (at ground level), and sit down on the player’s benches. There are no tour guides, so with the second type of entrance ticket, you will get a self-guided tour, in order to have additional information. You can purchase the audio-guide at the Entrance desk to the Barcelona FC (Camp Nou). Languages available are: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch.
Don’t you worry if you don’t want an audio-guide, because you can be easily conducted through the museum the bright yellow signs and barriers, ensuring that you’re going in the right direction. Attendants are very kind, and you will find them along the entire route; they can direct you if necessary. But remember: they are unable to answer questions related on what’s on the Museum.
The Museum is split into three segments: The historic, beginning with Barça’s birth in 1899 and it’s a chronological journey. This one is the main and largest part of the museum, and you also can appreciate the trophy cabinet with the club’s main achievements. Then you will find a ‘Football art’ collection section of Football Club Barcelona Museum, with memorabilia and artworks, like a Miro’s lithography made by the artist in honour of Barcelona FC. And the last one is a Temporary Exhibition; this part of the museum continuously changes.
The Barcelona FC Museum and Stadium tour includes a Virtual Experience (10 minutes). It’s a 3D experience that put the FC stadium tour into context, and shows images of famous football matches with a 3D technology. Visitors can walk around the stadium, and see the football player changing room facilities.
You can have the same experience like the players’ feel before they play, because you can walk thru the tunnel onto the pitch. You can enjoy the back-scene standpoint to a match at Barcelona Football Club, seating at the benches at the side of the pitch, like the team leaders. You will also be surprised with the Football Club chapel, inaugurated in 1958 and blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
Others parts of the tour that you can visit are Barcelona FC pressroom, the area where press conferences happen, with seats for 120 journalists. The press boxes are 29 cabins sit, overhead the playing field, where broadcast journalist comment and discuss the game. The stadium was awarded in 1999 with a 5 star plaque, for its facilities. The tour finishes at the Barcelona Football Club Botiga, a Megastore with all the souvenirs and merchandising that you can imagine. There are also bars and restaurants to quench thirst or hunger.
You can purchase tickets on line, see the links below. When booking on line, you can either print your tickets or use an E-ticket, in your Smartphone.
Opening times: Open all year round except January 1 and December 25. Opening times on match days are reduced.
The best way to arrive to Barcelona Football Club stadium from Plaza Catalunya, is Metro Line 3 (green line). Get off at María Cristina or Palau Reial, and then you have to walk 10 minutes (800m).