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.
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.
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.
Adults / Students / Seniors €2.50 Children under 11 years visit for free.
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
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Barcelona Motorcycle Museum
Santa Maria del Pi church
El Call (Jewish Quarter)
Sadly closed :-(
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.