The International Archives Week at the AHBDN

In the week of June 5th to 11th, a new edition of the International Archives Week is celebrated. This year from the Museum and the Historical Archive of the City of Badalona (AHBDN) we want to commemorate this celebration with the publication on our website of the catalogs of the extensive collection of Josep M. Cuyàs i Tolosa.

Josep M. Cuyàs i Tolosa (Badalona 1904-1992) was a self-taught historian and archaeologist. Although this did not become his professional dedication – he worked for 50 years in the offices of the chemical company CROS, of which he became a representative – he never stopped working for the recovery of Badalona’s history .

As a young man he was already interested in archeology. At the age of 16 he published his first article on the subject of archeology in El Eco de Badalona and in 1925 he founded the Badalona Excursionista Association with a group of friends, among them another prominent Badalona historian and archaeologist Joaquim Font i Cussó. In 1933 the Group founded its own museum with the pieces from the excavations and with collections of pieces collected from individuals.

After the war, in 1945, Cuyàs began excavations in the Baetulo area, which he directed as Commissioner of Local Excavations in Badalona, appointed by the historian and archaeologist Josep Serra i Ràfols.

In 1955, precisely when the VIII Provincial Assembly of archaeological excavations was being held, Cuyàs and Tolosa had made the discovery of the baths of Baetulo, with an extraordinary state of conservation. That year, the foundation stone of the current Museum of Badalona (officially inaugurated in 1966) was laid, of which he became the first director.

Although its archaeological side was important, it also stood out for the laborious work of collecting data and documents about Badalona. In this field, one of the most outstanding studies he did was the compilation of data in the parish archive of Santa Maria, which ended a few days before the church burned down in 1936. After retiring as director of the Museum of Badalona, at the age of 65, dedicated himself to going through all the archives of Barcelona and also those of other localities.

This enormous task materialized in the entirety of its collection, which includes 179 boxes of archival collections, 273 titles from the local collection and 137 from the general newspaper library and 1,930 volumes from the library. 75 linear meters guarded by the Museum of Badalona since 1992 and which constitute a primary source for researchers of the history and heritage of Badalona.


Josep M. Cuyàs amb la seva esposa. Desconegut. Museu de Badalona. Arxiu Josep M. Cuyàs.

The Museum bombing warning disc in an exhibition at the Museum of the Music

The Museum collaborates with the exhibition Escoltar amb les mans. Suports obsolets, missatges efímers from the Museu de la Música de Barcelona, with the temporary transfer of an acetate disc containing the sound recording of the alarms that warned of imminent bombings during the Civil War.

The exhibition, which has been curated by the musician, composer and sound artist Ferran Fages, reflects and delves into the fragility, durability and capabilities of analog media and how this has determined our listening, memories, imaginaries – individual or collectives-, and the way of relating ourselves to sound.

You can visit this original proposal until December 10th in the temporary exhibition room of the Museu de la Música, c/ Lepant, 150. Barcelona.

Hear the notice and the siren bombing alarm. Catalan

Hear the notice and the siren bombing alarm. Castilian


Can Miravitges becomes one scene of Joan Miró’s life

On Wednesday, April 26th at 10:05 p.m., TV3 premieres the film MIRÓ, on occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of the painter Joan Miró.

Directed by Oriol Ferrer (Cançó per a tu, Descalç sobre la terra vermella), and starring Edu Lloveras (Joan Miró), Aida Folch (Pilar Juncosa), Pau Roca (Pablo Picasso), Lluïsa Mallol (Dolors Ferrà), Òscar Rabadán (Miquel Miró) and Mel Salvatierra (Maria Dolors), the film was partly shot at the Can Miravitges farmhouse in Badalona.

The film is therefore a perfect pretext to rediscover this little gem of our city’s agricultural past, while tracing the life of this immortal Catalan artist.

Remember that if you want to get to know this Badalona farmhouse, you can still purchase tickets for the visit we will make there on Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m.


XVIII MAGNA CELEBRATIO. The Roman Festival of Badalona

From April 27th to 30th, a new edition of the Magna Celebratio, Badalona’s Roman festival, returns!

Once again the Museum and its surroundings will be filled with activities that remember and claim the heritage and history of the ancient Roman city of Baetulo. Historical recreations, workshops for children, open doors to archaeological sites, lectures… that will teach us how baetulonenses lived.

This year the proposals will revolve around sustainability and recycling, two rigorously topical concepts that, as we will discover, the Romans already knew and practiced.

We will publish the program with all the information very soon, stay tuned to our regular broadcasting channels and above all, save the dates!


Easter schedule of the Museum and Historical Archive 2023

If you want to take advantage of these days of holiday to discover the Roman city of Baetulo, we remind you that the Museum will be open throughout Holy Week with the exception of Friday, April 7th and Easter Monday.

As for the Historical Archive of the City of Badalona (AHBDN), it will remain closed on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th April.

For further information you can call 933 841 750



Segle I dC. Marbre de Carrara.

Presentation of the sculpture project dedicated to Mayor Xifré

On Saturday April 1st, at 10.30 am, the project for the sculpture dedicated to Mayor Frederic Xifré, which the Museum of Badalona will commission from the sculptor, will be presented in the Museum’s auditorium Pere Coll, known as Perecoll.

Perecoll, born in Mataró in 1948, is a multifaceted artist who has cultivated painting, goldsmithing and sculpture and who has gained international acclaim. He is the author of several public sculptures, especially in Mataró, where one of his works, entitled La cadira de l’alcalde, is dedicated to Josep Abril Argemí, the republican mayor of that city, who was shot by Franco.

This fact also occurred in Badalona, where Frederic Xifré i Masferrer, Mayor at the outbreak of the Civil War, was shot by the Francoists at the end of the Civil War, specifically on February 15th, 1940.

The initiative to dedicate a sculpture to Mayor Xifré stems from a motion presented to the municipal meeting, on January 31st, 2017, by the Mayor Xifré Cultural Association, in defense of his memory.

During the presentation ceremony, Perecoll will explain the location and the characteristics of the project it plans to carry out in order to pay tribute to the figure of Mayor Xifré and preserve his memory.



The trunk of the magician Li-Chang at the exhibition “Altres Brosses. Joan Brossa i la poesia d’acció, el parateatre”

From March 15th to July 16th, you can visit the exhibition Altres Brosses. Joan Brossa i la poesia d’acció, el parateatre at the Joan Brossa Foundation in Barcelona, curated by Joan Maria Minguet, in which the Museu de Badalona collaborates by ceding a unique piece from its collection. This is a trunk that the famous magician from Badalona Joan Forns i Jordana (Badalona April 9, 1916 – Barcelona January 12, 1998), Li-Chang, used for his acclaimed escapism numbers. He called it baüla and it entered the Museum’s collections as a donation from his children, Joan Maria and Montserrat Forns, in 2007.


Museu de Badalona, Inv. 9691

The exhibition is the result of research that takes the form of an exhibition installation to explain Joan Brossa’s intense dedication to what he called paratheatre, a scenic discipline which, as the curator of the exhibition states, the same Brossa cultivated and that, instead of focusing on the literary tradition of the theater, has since time immemorial sought contact with the spectator through fascination, surprise or occurrence in everything that happens on a stage (or in a circus ring, or in a street or a square) that has nothing to do with the plot or the narrative.

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The Museum incorporates new resources to make the Roman Baetulo more inclusive

From next weekend, visitors from the deaf community and people with visual impairments will have the support of forty videos, resources to make one of the most important Roman sites in Catalonia more accessible.

The Museum of Badalona, in order to adapt the museography to the public with functional diversity, has since the inauguration of its remodeling, in December 2010, reproductions of reliefs and objects of daily life from the Roman era accompanied by signage in a system braille. Now, however, thanks to the The Tactile Look program of the Office of Cultural Heritage of the Diputació de Barcelona, the Museum incorporates new digital resources for interpretive reading that will allow the Roman Baetulo to overcome some communication barriers and become more accessible for people with sensory disability.

These audiovisual pills cover the entire itinerary of the Termes-Decumanus space with the help of a Catalan sign language interpreter who explains all the content that makes up the tour. These films are subtitled and include speech so that they are a great support for deaf people who sign and speak and, at the same time, for all those people with visual impairment.

On the other hand, the action also incorporates the audio description of the audiovisuals of the permanent exhibition, the House of the Dolphins and the House of the Ivy. With this intervention we want to bring their story closer to people who are blind or with residual vision, while familiarizing them with the culture of our Roman ancestors.

The Museum of Badalona, therefore, thanks to the inclusion in this program, started in 2007 by the OPC of the DIBA, expands its resources with the aim of being a cultural space of reference for everyone, sensitive to the inequalities and the communication difficulties of various often underrepresented groups, and at the same time it is a new tool to bring the Museum’s Roman heritage closer to all audiences.

This resource can be accessed through the QR code installed at the Museum’s reception, from La Mirada Tàctil’s YouTube channel but also from our website.

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Museum of Badalona

Cycle of lectures. Working with history. Another view at the medieval period

Every year around March, as part of the Badalona Medieval Festival, the Sant Jordi Medieval Festival Cultural Association and the Museum of Badalona organize a cycle of lectures to enrich this festival and spread different aspects of the Middle Ages. In recent years, lectures have been held about the farmhouses of Badalona, the hermitages of the Betlem’s valley, the origins of the city’s coat of arms, the phenomenon of piracy in the 15th and 16th centuries or the rural world in the medieval period. This year’s cycle seeks another perspective from the point of view of three professionals that work and study history.

The lectures will take place on Thursdays, March 16th, 23th and 30th, at 7 p.m., in the Museum’s auditorium. Entry is free until capacity is reached.