In 2012, almost three decades after the opening of the Amsterdam Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, a second museum location opened in a former palace in Barcelona. The complete museum collection boasts over 8000 cannabis-related items, curated in both locations in a way that takes visitors on a visual journey through cannabis history.
Location: Carrer Ample, 35, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
The original museum in Amsterdam was founded in a historic canal house, which – although beautiful – simply wasn’t big enough to house even a quarter of the museum collection. Founder Ben Dronkers dreamt of being able to open a sister museum in Barcelona. When looking for suitable premises, he obviously was searching for a building that was a piece of art in and of itself. A former palace in the Modernist style proved perfect.
The Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is located in Palacio Mornau. It’s a spectacular building in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, just a short walk to the famous Ramblas. The festive opening was combined with the 2012 Cannabis Culture Awards, and attended by award winners and special guests Richard Branson, Dr. Freek Polak, Fernanda de la Figuera and Todd McCormick.
The Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is now a cultural cannabis hub in Spain’s second largest city, another one of Europe’s cannabis capitals. It receives thousands of visitors per year, and continues to educate the public about cannabis in a fun, interactive way.
About the collection
The entire museum collection is the personal property of Ben Dronkers, plus a few special items which are on loan from individuals or businesses. It comprises over 9000 cannabis-related items. Among them are historical artefacts, modern cannabis accessories, and cannabis-inspired artwork.
For any cannabis enthusiast, walking into the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona is like walking into a cannabis fairy-tale. The walls are adorned with old master paintings by contemporaries of Rembrandt, depicting everyday cannabis and hemp use in the 17th century.
The numerous display cases are filled with tools and gadgets for cannabis processing and consumption. Pipes used for cannabis from all over the world are housed in the Barcelona museum, as well as modern hemp plastic and hemp clothing items from around the globe, including Japan and Russia.
Visitors can examine some of the anti-cannabis propaganda from the early 1900s, as well as hemp ropes and sails from the pre-prohibition era. The Barcelona museum contains a special collection of items depicting the history of cannabis in Cuba.
Both the Barcelona and Amsterdam museums offer audio tours of the museum in a whole range of different languages. Visitors from all over the world can enjoy a professionally guided journey through the collection. It is also possible to book group tours with a guide (see the museum website for details).
The Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum collection takes visitors on a visual journey through cannabis history, prohibition, and legalization. Housed in a building that is a piece of art in and of itself, and in Barcelona’s liveliest district, it’s well worth paying a visit to this unique museum.
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum regularly hosts cannabis-specific temporary exhibitions. Check out some of the past exhibitions held at the Barcelona museum.
The History of Cannabis – A Forbidden Plant
The History of Cannabis – A Forbidden Plant exhibition was held at the museum from May 14th – July 4th, 2014. The museum, in conjunction with Matilha Cultural, put together the first ever cannabis documentary exhibition on cannabis in Latin America.
Documentaries explored the cultural and religious uses of cannabis in Latin America, and the harm caused by the war on drugs.
The exhibition also displayed collages of cannabis history in Latin America in four distinct categories: medical, industrial, cultural, and prohibition.
Cannabis Cuisine at the Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
In April 2017, the museum set up a fully interactive cannabis cuisine exhibition. The table was laid with a hemp food dinner, followed by a delicious cannabis dessert.
The exhibition explored the origins of cooking with cannabis, and how this has developed into the world of modern cannabis edibles. Visitors left with a belly full of cannabis food, and a book full of cannabis recipes!
The Cannabis Film Cycle
The Cannabis Film Cycle exhibition has been held in the Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum almost every year since 2013. A selection of films are shown, and guest speakers, interviews, and exclusive Sensi Seeds content provide further education and entertainment. Naturally, the theme is exclusively hemp and cannabis.
Visit and get involved
The museum is located at Carrer Ample, 35, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.
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