Life of the bourgeoisie in the early twentieth century. The collection of M. Rosario Viñas i Ortiz

Some time ago, in 1999 and 2006, M. Rosario Viñas i de Ortiz donated to the Museum a group of more than 800 positive and negative stereoscopic photographies, mostly of her family environment. These are photographs from the first years of the 20th century and most were taken by her mother, M. Dolores de Ortiz i de Borràs, who belonged to a wealthy and bourgeois family. Married to Ramon Viñas, the family lived in Barcelona, but they had a house and some properties in Badalona.

The stereoscopic photographies are made of glass and contain two images: the one seen by the right eye and the one seen by the left eye. When viewed with a dual-lens machine, the image is viewed in 3D.

This collection is interesting for several reasons: because it contains some images of Badalona from the beginning of the 20th century, at which time there are few graphic testimonies of the city; because there are images of some activities and events that took place in Barcelona at that time and, finally, because it reflects actions, activities, spaces, costumes … of the daily life of a social class, the bourgeoisie.

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La vida de la burgesia a principi del segle XX. El fons de M. Rosario Viñas y de Ortiz

New online resources on our website

The range of online resources that we offer from our website is constantly growing. Thus, for some weeks now you can consult online new documentary collections of the Historical Archive of the City of Badalona (AHBDN).

Specifically, you can consult and download for free several series of the collection of the Town Hall of Badalona such as the acts of the Municipal Government Commission (1934-1938), those of the Provisional Management Commission (1939-1940), those of the Permanent Municipal Commission (from 1924 to 1933 and from 1940 to 1946) and of the Municipal Board of Associated spokesmen (1872-1896).

On the other hand, the online series of minutes of the Town Hall plenary sessions has been completed, which now includes from 1835 to 1945.

In this way we keep working to bring the important funds preserved in the AHBDN closer to researchers and the general public.



Calendar of activities from September to December 2021

You can download the September-December calendar of activities.

Be sure to check it regularly to have all the information up to date.

The exhibition “Pedro Rovira, 1921-1978” is extended until December

The exhibition Pedro Rovira, 1921-1978, inaugurated on Thursday 4th of June, has been extended until Sunday December 12 th, due to its great success.

Nearly 2,000 people have already come to the Museum to see the exhibition with which we wanted to commemorate the centenary of this outstanding seamstress from Badalona. The exhibition can be visited free of charge from Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 8 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

The exhibition, which brings together nearly a hundred designs by Rovira, is completed with the publication of a book by Josep Casamartina i Parassols -co-curator of the exhibition together with Ismael Núñez Muñoz- and a series of lectures that, from September to November, will bring us closer to the figure of this talented designer.

Due to this change of date, the Museum has also scheduled two new guided tours of the exhibition that will take place on Sunday October 3rd and November 7th.



The visits to the factory of Anís del Mono are back

From this September onwards, we restart the guided tours to the factory of Anís del Mono every third Sunday of the month at different schedules.

Tickets for this activity, as well as for other scheduled visits, can be purchased directly on our website. In the following link you will find the information on the programmed groups, the price and the availability of places:

Guided tours

We remind you that the entrance to the factory is personal and requires the details of each of the attendees (name, surname and ID number) that must be entered at the time of purchasing the ticket.

The price of the visit is € 6 per person.

Children under the age of 7 have free admission, but it is essential that, if accompanied by minors, you let us know at the following email:

Due the demand for this visit, there is a limit of four tickets for every purchase.

The performance of this activity is subject to possible changes arising from the health alert of COVID-19.


Cycle of lectures about the figure of Pedro Rovira

We begin the autumn program of activities at the Museum with a series of lectures dedicated to the Badalona seamstress Pedro Rovira, as a complement to the exhibition Pedro Rovira, 1921-1978 with which the Museum commemorates the centenary of the birth of this great creator and vindicates his contribution to the history of fashion.

The cycle, which includes four lectures and a round table that will take place on Thursdays from 16th September to 14th October, is free but it is necessary to register in advance on the Museum’s website.

Information and registration Rovira i les seves models

Information and registration Fotografiant Pere Rovira

Information and registration Pere Rovira i la cooperativa de Alta Costura

Information and registration El taller de Pere Rovira: les creadores invisibles

Information and registration La presència internacional de Pere Rovira


All lectures and the roundtable will be offered live on the Youtube channel of the Museum.


43 years since the death of Pedro Rovira

On a day like today in 1978, Pere Rovira died at the age of 57. A heart attack ended the career of this internationally renowned Badalona seamstress, who left behind a large collection of designs as a testament to his undisputed talent.

An important example of the originality and modernity of his proposals can be seen in the Museum of Badalona, in the exhibition Pedro Rovira, 1921-1978, which commemorates the centenary of the birth of this fashion artist.

The exhibition, curated by Josep Casamartina i Parassols and Ismael Núñez Muñoz, can be seen until Sunday 17th October and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 8pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.

The Museum has also published a complete monograph with the same title, written by Casamartina himself, which traces both his biography and the value of his contribution to the world of fashion. You can buy it both in the Museum store and online.


Badalona. A city that has changed

We present you a few photos of Badalona, of a Badalona that has changed a lot, right now that it is about to start the month of August, during which many people leave the city to go and discover new places, to recover spaces of childhood or youthfulness or simply to be in a different environment and forget about the routines.

These images, unlike other times, are not from the same collection or from a single photographer, but, in this case, the common thread is the city of Badalona captured by different authors.

We wish you a happy summer !!

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Badalona. Una ciutat canviada

A Saint James of the 17th century

This fragment of a ceramic relief, molded by pressure, represents the apostle Saint James, dressed as a pilgrim, and was recovered during the excavations on the site of L’Estrella, in the neighborhood of Coll i Pujol in Badalona, in 2019.

The figure of this saint was much revered throughout Europe, since the twelfth century, when the pilgrimage route was consolidated, which, from all parts of the continent, led to the city of Santiago de Compostela where is, according to legend, the tomb of the apostle St. James.

The figure, which dates from the 17th century, wears some of the attributes of this apostle, which allows its identification. This would be the case with the wide-brimmed hat with the pilgrim’s scallop, the cape with scallops and the traveling cloak he wore underneath. The elements that are missing to complete the pilgrim habit, such as the pumpkin, the crosier and the pouch, were probably part of the fragment of the figure that has not been preserved.

One of the pilgrimage routes chosen by European pilgrims, especially those from Italy, to reach Santiago, followed the route of the ancient Roman Via Augusta that passed, precisely, near the point of our city where the finding.


A dress of the popular singer Encarnita Polo is incorporated into the exhibition about the couturier Pere Rovira

The success of the public and the dissemination that the exhibition Pedro Rovira, 1921-1978 is having in all the media has borne fruit.

Recently, the Spanish singer and actress Encarnita Polo (Seville 1939) contacted the curators of the exhibition in order to donate to the Fundació Antoni de Montpalau a dress from her private collection, designed by seamstress from Badalona in 1965.

The piece, an organza evening dress embroidered with sequins and rhinestones, and a silk cloche skirt with a jacquard pattern, has been added to the exhibition and is another magnificent example of Rovira’s talent.

If you don’t have seen yet the exhibition, which has already been visited by more than 1,200 people, here is another reason to do so, and if you have already come, we invite you to repeat and so you can see the dress we have incorporated, which it’s spectacular.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 8pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.