Let’s discover the singular houses of Barcelona

On Saturday, May 25th we propose you a surprising tour! We invite you to know some of the most unique houses in the neighboring city of Barcelona, authentic hidden jewels, fruit of one of the most important economic and cultural periods of our country history, industrialization. This development was also important in arts, is the origin of Modernism, a revitalizing and breakthrough movement from which we can find countless examples in Barcelona.

Our itinerary will lead us to the Bellesguard Tower – one of the most personal and fascinating works of Antoni Gaudí -, the Rocamora House – where one of the most important private collections in the world is preserved – and the Palau Güell – built by Gaudí for his friend and patron Eusebi Güell.

All day trip.

Price: without specifying (includes lunch)


40th anniversary of the municipal elections of 1979

On April 3th of 1979, the first municipal elections in democracy were held (the previous ones in a democratic system had taken place during the Second Republic on January 14th, 1934).

59.4% of the electoral roll, which at that time was 145,369 people, participated. 11 political parties took part in the elections and the final result gave 12 councilors to the PSUC (29,989 votes), 10 to the PSC (26,623 votes), 3 to CiU (9.222 votes) and 2 to CC / UCD (7,391 votes).

On April 19th, on the day when the councilors assume their new role and when the constitution of the City Council was envisaged, Màrius Díaz Bielsa (councilor of the PSUC) was chosen as mayor of the city. The first plenary, which took place on April 27th, was not held in the building of the City Council but in the municipal pavilion of La Plana, which had a much higher capacity, since it had aroused a great expectation and was foreseen a very high attendance.

With photographies from several collections that are preserved in the Museum’s Image Archive, many aspects of those elections that had mean a complete renovation of the composition of the municipal government can be learned and reviewed.


A roman mosaic will be seen in the exhibition de Bacus

On the occasion of the exhibition Bacus, the masks of the god, we can see for the first time in the Museum a figurative mosaic, unique in Baetulo, which refers to the god Bacus. The mosaic, made of white and black tiles, decorated a room of a domus located on Pujol street. This house, therefore, was close to the domus of the Dolphins and Ivy.

The mosaic, which is one of the outstanding pieces of the exhibition, was found in April 2018 during the second phase of an archaeological excavation that had begun in 2006 and which revealed an artisanal pottery settlement from the founding moment of the city (1st century BC) and part of a street (decumanus) with constructions on either side.

The decoration of the mosaic, which has been restored, refers to Bacchus, since the elements that appear there (the goat, the panther and the craters from which vine elements appear) are part of the Roman iconography tradition linked to this divinity .

The factory A. Farrés and Cía., The Crystal

In September 1874 the company A. Farrés and Company was established, with the commercial name of Cristalería Badalonesa. This company succeeded Badia, Grau i Companyia, founded in 1866, which had changed its name according to the partners it had.

In January 1908, the society of A. Farrés and Company, popularly known as Cristall, joined the Unión Vidriera de España, a trust driven by Artur Farrés, who grouped the ten most powerful Spanish glassware, seven of which were Catalan.

Finally, in the year 2014, one hundred forty-eight years after the start, Cristal Badalona, SAL (this was the name that had then the company) closed definitively and donated to the Museum some old photographs that they have kept This is a report by the Badalona photographer A.S. Xatart, thanks to which we can know the different work spaces of this important factory located in the northeast corner of the town, and that was the place of work of many families in Badalona.

In this gallery you can also see a set of four photographs of groups of Cristall workers, made by Sanglàs, a photographer from Barcelona, who have not been ceded by Cristall, but who are also part of the Image Archive of the Museu.

La fàbrica A. Farrés y Cía., el Cristall

The exhibition The great illusion extended

The exhibition The great illusion. Cinema in Badalona from 1898 to 1975, has been extended until May 12 due to public success.

The exhibition collects 122 years of relationship between the seventh art and Badalona and invites us to discover the history, the advances, the anecdotes, and the countless episodes of shared memory that are hidden in the darkness of a movie theater.

The exhibition, which is completed by the publication of a book of the same title by historian Núria Casals, is also a a tribute to cinema and to all those people who, in dark and difficult times, could find a window in the world and a way of escaping everyday life.



Enric Sió. The cartoonist who broke molds on sale

The book Enric Sió. The artist who broke molds is already on sale at the Museum’s store.  The book has been published by the Museum of Badalona and written by Jordi Riera Pujal, curator of the exhibition of the same title that can be seen in the Sala Josep Uclés until April 14th.

The book reviews the biography and work of this cartoonist of Badalona, who died prematurely at the age of 56, and includes collaborations from different friends and colleagues from Sió such as Julià de Jodar, Josep Maria Beà, Andreu Martín , Jaume Vidal or Vicent Sanchis.

Publicació Enric Sió. El dibuixant que va trencar motlles

The Museum’s collection reach 18,000 pieces

The collections of the Badalona Museum have reached, at the beginning of January, registration no. 18,000.

The piece that has the number 1 is the predella of a Gothic altarpiece, today lost, from the old monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra. With regard to the number 18,000, it is a record known as a lacquer disk with the recording of the warning of bombardment alarm, used during the Civil War. Between these two objects, there is a great diversity of elements that go from the prehistoric, Iberian and Roman times to the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Needless to say, the pieces and objects of the Roman and nineteenth and twentieth centuries predominate.

Most of the Museum’s collections are a result of archaeological interventions or come from donations from individuals, entities, companies and institutions linked to Badalona. Once registered, classified and documented according to their characteristics, the pieces are stored in the Museum’s reservation rooms, where they have the right conditions for their preservation.

Part of the collections are permanently displayed in the Roman Thermae-Decumanus space and at the Can Miravitges farmhouse. Other pieces can be seen in the temporary exhibitions organized by the Museum, which, in many cases, are designed to give visibility to these collections.

In any case, the pieces can always be consulted through the general web of the museums of Catalonia –http://museusenlinia.gencat.cat– and, if it is an academic study, from the express request to the Museum.



Calendar of activities from January to April 2019

You can download the program of activities of the Museum, where you’ll find countless proposals from January to April.

For further information: 933 841 750 info@museudebadalona.cat