Gallery: the estate of Ca l’Arnús in Badalona

A few days ago, the Museum opened an exhibition about Evarist Arnús i Ferrer (Barcelona 1820-1890), on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth.

In occasion of this event, we present a gallery of photographs whose main protagonist is the estate and the park of Ca l’Arnús at various times. You can also see images of Can Solei, which at first formed a single property with Ca l’Arnús. Photographs allow you to discover unknown aspects and observe the changes that have taken place in this estate.

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La finca de Ca l'Arnús


This weekend we celebrate the 48 Hours Open House Festival 2020.
The Museum collaborates by offering free and unguided visits to the Roman Baths and Decumanus space and the House of the Dolphins.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors would be able to enter to these areas of the roman city of Baetulo, although it is ESSENTIAL to register in advance at the Museum (933 841 750) and wear an hygienic mask during the visit.


48 h Festival Open House 2019

The Museum of Badalona among the great museums of Catalonia

The information was published on October 8 in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Last Thursday, October 8th, “Museums 2030. Plan of Museums of Catalonia” was published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya. This plan includes a study of the museums that currently exist in Catalonia, which are classified into different groups: large, medium-large, medium-small, small and at the limit of sustainability museums.

It should be noted that the Museum of Badalona appears in the group of large museums and is, within this category, one of the few that is not located in the city of Barcelona (the others are the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona, the Science and Technique Museum of Terrassa and the Dalí Museum in Figueres). As for the museums of this group located in Barcelona, the relation includes: the Music Museum, the Frederic Marès Museum, the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, the Design Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Picasso Museum, the Natural Sciences Museum , the Museum of History of the City of Barcelona, the Maritime Museum, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of History of Catalonia.

The criteria used to make the classification include concepts such as budget, human resources, annual number of visitors, functional covered area, and average of objects preserved.

It is therefore a very good news that we celebrate and that encourages us to continue working to stay in that position.



Calendar of activities from October 2020 to January 2021

You can download the agenda of activities of the Museum where you will find countless proposals for the coming months.

We hope that the health situation improves and we can all enjoy it to the fullest! In the meantime, from the Museum, we take this opportunity to remind you that we take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of all our visitors.

For further information you can call 933 841 750 or email



The remains of two domus discovered in Temple’s street

The archaeological excavation, which has been carried out on the site where the construction of a residential building will begin, provides new data on the Roman and medieval past of our city.

Archaeological works carried out on the site of Temple’s street has made it possible to document the remains of two Roman domus. In the peristyle of the courtyard of one of the houses was located an ara – a pedestal-shaped stone altar used in religious ceremonies. The finding came as a surprise to find that the piece is identical to another that was found in 1969 on the same site, and that we can see in the Garden of Quintus Licini. It is rare to find two votive altars used simultaneously in the same house. This, and the magnificent alabaster vase that was also found in the same area, has opened up several working hypotheses about ritual practices, which are being worked on.



The other element that has allowed to recover this last phase of the excavation is a structure that is interpreted as a retaining wall that supported the earthwork of the highest part of the hill, where the Romans built the temple of Baetulo, of which remains are preserved in the right part of the church of Santa Maria. We must keep in mind that part of the medieval sagrera occupies the space where the Baetulo forum was.

Despite being a careless construction technique, this is one of the few structural elements from the medieval period that we have found, by now, in Badalona. This structure, together with the presence of others from the 18th-19th centuries (see link at the bottom of the note), shows us how the city grew once Baetulo was abandoned.

The documented remains described will be covered and preserved under the foundation of the new building and the pieces will become part of the collection of the Museum of Badalona.

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1600 years since the death of St. Jerome

On a day like today just 1,600 years ago, St. Jerome (circa 331 / 345-420), a writer and religious, considered one of the Church’s fathers, died. With a solid education, he devoted much of his life to religion and theology. In 374 he retired to the desert of Chalcis (in present-day Syria), where he devoted himself to the contemplative life for four years. He then resided in several cities and, always focused on religious issues, became an influential voice of Christianity, followed especially by women, especially widows.

In Badalona we remember him mainly for the old monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra, which is dedicated to him. The cloister, from the end of the 15th century, is a real gem of Catalan Gothic, and has two keystones, both in the south wing, dedicated to the saint who gives his name to the monastery (and to the order of the Jeromes who built it and inhabit).

One of the keystones shows Saint Jerome in a cardinal’s hat, sitting in front of a lectern and accompanied by a lion. This animal usually appears represented with the saint since, according to the legend, when Jeroni was in the desert a wounded lion approached to him, that he cured removing a thorn of his leg. In the other keystone, which preserves the very vivid colors, A penitent Jerome is seen in the desert, kneeling before a crucifix and accompanied, also by the lion. In addition, this last keystone is supported (like another that alludes to the Last Judgment) by angels with trumpets, which the art historian Anna Molina put in relation to a letter from the saint to the monk Heliodor , where he says: “Listen to the trumpet sounding from heaven, watch our armed leader advance through the clouds.” The interpretation is that the angels with trumpets are none other than those who call the dead to the Last Judgment.

 Representació de Sant Jeroni, resant al desert, que es pot veure en una de les claus de volta del monestir de Sant Jeroni de la Murtra.  Museu de Badalona. Fotògraf: Antonio Guillén


An exciting story that can be relived by visiting the monastery and reading the book  El monestir de Sant Jeroni de la Murtra. 600 anys d’història, written by Carles Díaz and Anna Molina, with photographs by Antonio Guillén, published by the Museum in 2016, and which can be purchased both at the monastery and at the Museum itself.

The Museum in times of pandemic

The health emergency caused by COVID-19 has led to changes and adaptations of the Museum’s activities and proposals for both schools and groups of adults and individuals. All necessary measures have been taken to ensure the safety of our visitors and new materials have been produced to provide quality content, both face-to-face and virtual, for schools and groups. A wide range of proposals for all ages that will allow us to continue spreading the history of the Roman city of Baetulo and its inhabitants.

We also remind you that the Museum is open for visits from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm and the House of the Dolphins continues, from this autumn, opening every second Sunday of the month. In the case of the Garden of Quintus Licini, given its characteristics and dimensions, will remain closed.

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20 years since the discovery of two Iberian stelae in Badalona

In the year 2000, exactly 20 years ago, during the summer campaign of archeological excavations organized by the Museum of Badalona and the University of Barcelona, ​​two Iberian funerary stelae were discovered in the basement of Plaça de Font i Cussó. They had been reused as the cover of the sewer of the cardus maximus. Today, these two pieces, dating from the 2nd-1st centuries BC, can be seen in the permanent exhibition of the Roman city of Baetulo.

They were placed side by side, wedged with small stones that filled the holes between the two slabs, in order to make the collector more airtight.

Both have inscriptions where a proper name is repeated. They tell us about a father and a son: MLBEBIUR ARMI and BANTUIN MI MLBEBIUR EBANEN. The relationship between the two characters is indicated by the formula used in the gravestone of the son, where the father’s name and the word EBAN also appear, which the epigraphists translate as filius, “son of”. It is no less curious that we find written in Iberian a funerary expression that, in fact, is typical of the Roman world, which, together with the genuinely Iberian decoration (spears, rosette …), indicates the important degree of contact between the two cultures in these first centuries of Roman presence.

It should also be noted that this is the first time that a find of two Iberian funerary stelae belonging to two direct relatives has been documented in Catalonia.

If you want to know more, we recommend reading the article by Montserrat Comas “The Iberian funerary stelae of Badalona”:


The Anís del Mono exhibition arrives at El Puerto de Santa María

The exhibition The Diamond of Badalona. Since 1870, which the Museum has conceived and produced to commemorate the 150-year history of the Badalona Anís del Mono’s factory,  can be seen from September 24th to January 11th at the headquarters of the Osborne Foundation -current owner of the brand-, in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz).

The exhibition, which is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, allows to discover the origins and evolution of this emblematic brand that has taken the name of Badalona around the world, but also its production system – unalterable since the late nineteenth century – and more curious aspects related to the brand such as the name, the label or the origin of its characteristic diamond bottle.



The photographer Josep Cortinas Suñol

Josep Cortinas Suñol was born in Badalona in 1908 and died there in 1995. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his death.

A mechanic by profession, in the mid-twenties he began photography, a practice he would never give up, despite not doing it professionally. He participated in several contests and exhibitions. Great connoisseur of the photographic techniques, he was a teacher for many amateurs. He was also one of the founders of the Museum’s Photographic Section (1969).

From 1981 onwards, he donated his work to the Museum of Badalona, where it is preserved and can be consulted. The Josep Cortinas Suñol collection is the first photographic collection to become part of the Museum’s collection and is the starting point for the Image Archive.

11,000 positives on paper of various sizes, 8,800 slides and 2,300 sheets with 35mm negatives (about 83,000 images) are just the numerical summary of a collection that collects much of the activity in the city throughout the second half of the century XX.

This gallery is dedicated to Josep Cortinas and shows author photographs, Cortinas brand photographs, probably the most unknown of all he did!

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El fotògraf Josep Cortinas Suñol