Tomàs Balvey i Bas, an apothecary by training and historian by hobby, is a clear testimony and example of the enlightened men (doctors, lawyers, notaries and other liberal professions) who combined their professional work with the hobby of science and collecting. Many of these collections, thanks to the spirit of the collector, are the foundation of a large part of the current funds and public museums.
The "Tomàs Balvey collector" exhibition aims to explain the humanistic side of this man, and the origin and meaning of highly varied collections that are of interest precisely because of their uniqueness, their local origin and, in some cases, their historical and documentary value. A selection is presented of the most prominent objects in the collection, presented in a thematic order and in two major areas. On the one hand is the scientific world with collections of numismatics, archeology, anthropology, paleontology and natural sciences. And the second is the everyday world with a selection of pieces that form the collections of pottery, household goods, clothing, articles of personal and religious use, art and decoration, as well as devices and instruments, all witnesses of the incipient modernity of the late 19th century.