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Housed in the former Palace of Graphic Arts built for the 1929 International Exposition, this museum plumbs the history and pre-history of Catalunya with extensive permanent exhibitions of artifacts recovered in archaeological excavations around the region and on the Balearic Islands. The first seven galleries deal with pre-history, but unless you’re enamored of the Clan of the Cave Bear books, move quickly to the five galleries dealing with the Phoenicians and Greeks (“The Great Blue Sea”) where artifacts from early Mediterranean trade show how Catalunya related to the rest of the Mediterranean basin. The Roman era is well-documented. Gallery areas devoted to the native Iberian Celtic culture and the Visigothic period are being substantially re-ordered and should be finished sometime in 2014.