The Víctor Balaguer Museum and Library, founded in 1884 by politician and writer Víctor Balaguer, is one of the oldest and most unique museums in Catalonia. It retains a large part of its original aesthetics and collections, dating back to the 19th century.
Its rooms house works of painters such as Ramon Martí Alsina, Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Isidre Nonell, Joaquim Mir and Xavier Nogués, among others, providing an exceptional journey through Catalan art from Romanticism to Contemporary Art, including an important collection of Informalist art.
The painting section is complemented by the permanent exhibition of twenty Spanish and European Baroque oil paintings from the historical collection storage of the Prado Museum.
The ethnographic collections include exhibits from the Philippines, Egypt, China and Japan, as well as a display of pre-Columbian art. There is an outstanding Egyptian collection, the first in Catalonia, which includes among its pieces the mummy of a child.
General admission fee: €4
Reduced admission fee: €2, for children from 4 to 11 years of age, students up to 25 years of age, retired persons and pensioners, unemployed persons, large families, Carnet Jove and Carnet +25.
Free admission: the first Sunday of every month and Thursday evenings, children up to 3 years of age, members of the ICOM, teacher’s card holders, Friends of the Víctor Balaguer Library Museum, Club Súper 3.
Mornings: Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Evenings: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., except Thursdays, from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays.
By public transport:
Rodalies de Catalunya (Catalonia's suburban rail network) line R2 Sud
C-31 and C-32, El Garraf tunnels (exit at Vilanova i la Geltrú)