Barcelona Barcelona’s Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum officially opened its doors on May 9, 2012. Located in the Palau Mornau, an emblematic and impressive building remodelled by modernist architect Manual Raspall, in the centre of Catalonia's capital, became the first museum ever dedicated solely and exclusively to the Cannabis plant.
What |The Pope Smokes Dope
When | 01/06/2016 - 28/08/2016
Where |Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona
Today, after more then four years since it opened, the Barcelona Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum continues to work every day to show the world the considerable role of cannabis throughout history. To do this, it organises events and exhibitions shifting us to different eras and times, educating us and opening up our minds.
An example of this, is the temporary exhibition the Museum is currently housing, which you will be able to visit until the end of August. Entitled The Pope Smokes Dope, it is – without a doubt – a must-see for all lovers of both music and marijuana.
The exhibition displays records and mythical Cannabis-inspired covers from the history of modern music; always intimately connected with marijuana use. The exhibition in fact takes its title from the album “The Pope Smokes Dope” from the New York musician David Peel. This 1972 album, produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, contains six tracks, including the song “Everybody’s Smoking Marijuana”. Together with various other and controversial record covers from the museum’s collection, “The Pope Smokes Dope” shows that the cannabis plant is a fundamental element found in various genres of music, and which has served both as a source of inspiration and for recreational purposes. Not just for jazz and reggae musicians, but also for rock, hip-hop and alternative electronic music artists.
Some of the most striking objects in the exhibition are “Long Silver John” (1972) by Jefferson Airplane, “Legalize It” (1975) by Peter Tosh, and “Purple Haze” (2002) by Groove Armada. The original cover of the record “Long John Silver” by Jefferson Airplane folds into a replica cigarette pack with the inside lined with a photograph of marijuana. Peter Tosh’s debut album “Legalize It” is a political message supporting cannabis legalisation, particularly its medicinal use. Attempts to suppress the song in Jamaica failed, and instead catapulted the reggae musician’s international fame. The cover of Groove Armanda’s song “Purple Haze” refers in a “warholian” way to Purple Haze, a variety of cannabis developed by White Label Seed Company and know for its purple colour and potent effect. This variety in turn takes its name from Jimi Hendrix’s song “Purple Haze” (1967); music and marijuana closing the circle.
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum: Love at first sight
Barcelona’s Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum officially opened its doors on May 9, 2012. Located in the Palau Mornau, an emblematic and impressive building remodelled by modernist architect Manual Raspall, in the centre of Catalonia’s capital, from that very moment on became the first museum ever dedicated solely and exclusively to the Cannabis plant.
Ben Dronkers came across the Palau Mornau back in 2003, and he didn’t have to think about it twice. It was without a doubt the ideal spot for housing his magnificent personal collection of objects and little treasures. The same ones he’d been gathering on his trips all around the world.
You can marvel at items from pictures by artists and geniuses from bygone eras, to smoking pipes from the farthest-flung corners of the globe. A total of more than 6000 objects related to cannabis, its cultivation and consumption throughout history as well as marijuana’s role both in rituals and in modern medicine. All of this makes up nothing more or less than the world’s largest collection of objects related to the plant we all love so much.
One of the best plans of the summer!
Don’t hesitate to visit the Barcelona Hash & Hemp Museum to enjoy both this fantastic exhibition and the many treasures this incredible place contains. We hope you enjoy it just as much we have!
Organisation: Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona
Location: Ground floor of the Palau Mornau. Carrer Ample 35, Barcelona
Calendar: from Wednesday June 1, 2016 to Sunday August 28, 2016.
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Price: free entry to the temporary exhibition Check rates for visiting the permanent exhibition.