The Shoe Museum

Possibly Barcelona’s smallest museum, El Museu del Calçat (Literally: the footware museum) occupies 2 small rooms in a 16th century renaissance style building which was previously the headquarters of the Shoemakers Guild. The museum houses a small collection of shoes from around the world as well as historic documents and other articles related to shoemaking.

Unfortunately, The Shoe Museum closed in 2015 after the owners of the building (Congregació de l’Oratori de Sant Felip Neri) decided to triple the rent.

A collection of old shoes in the Barcelona Shoe Museum
Hemp shoes frm China and Catalonia

Housed in 6 glass display cabinets, the collection includes shoes from the 12th to 20th centuries and replicas of older shoes. There is also a small collection of traditional shoemaker’s tools as well as the world’s largest shoe and the wooden mould which was used to make it.

Time needed to visit

15 minutes is sufficient time to enjoy this very small museum.

Children playing in front of the Shoe Museum in Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Children playing in front of the Shoe Museum in Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Information in English?

No. In fact there’s not much information on display in the museum in any language. Each pair of shoes are labelled with their style, origin and date. On the other hand the museum staff are friendly and happy to answer questions and point out interesting items.

Entry fee

Adults / Students / Seniors €2.50
Children under 11 years visit for free.

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday plus public holidays from 11:00 to 14:00


Plaça Sant Felip Neri, 5

How to get there

The nearest metro stations are Liceu (L3) and Catalunya (L1 & L3)

Other attractions nearby

Barcelona Cathedral
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Barcelona Motorcycle Museum
Santa Maria del Pi church
El Call (Jewish Quarter)


Plaça de Sant Felip Neri 5, Barcelona


    1. Hi Kiki,

      Thanks for your comment. As you say, unfortunately, the museum closed in 2015 after the building’s owners decided to increase the rent threefold! I’ve now updated the post.

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