A cannabis museum in Barcelona
In 2012, after 10 years of preparation, the museum in Barcelona opened its doors.
A continually expanding collection and a healthy dose of entrepreneurial spirit stimulated director Ben Dronkers to go in search of a new venue for a sister museum: the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona. After much to-ing and fro-ing, the perfect site was found in 2001: the Palau Mornau, a breathtaking 15th century building in the centre of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, a stone’s throw from the famous Ramblas.
The Palau Mornau originally consisted of two buildings owned by the Sancliment and Mornau families. The building was renovated in 1908 by the modernist architect Manuel Joaquim Raspall i Mayol (Barcelona 1877 - La Garriga 1937) on the instruction of the then owners, the Nadal family. The building’s modernist character is wholly accredited to him.
An important national monument
Ben Dronkers discovered the building in 2001 – it was in a deplorable state– and realised immediately that it was more than an excellent location for the museum. It was an important national monument, worth restoring to its former glory. With the assistance of architect Jordi Romeu, Dronkers started the restoration, under the watchful eye of the organisations that manage Barcelona’s cultural heritage. After more than ten years, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum opened its doors on the 11th of May 2012.
Everyone who visits the museum will experience the wonder of it. The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in the Palau Mornau enriches the cultural heritage of Spain and Catalonia, and Barcelona in particular.