Museums and heritage

Culture is part of Catalonia's DNA. In almost every corner of the region there is a museum to see. Some attract visitors from all corners of the planet: you can view the best collection of Romanesque mural painting in the world, enjoy the most detailed and personal look at the work of Salvador Dalí, and experience the artistic restlessness of great universal geniuses such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Antoni Tàpies. But in Catalonia, there are other types of museums that may interest you.

The roots of Catalan culture
Preserving and re-creating popular culture, everyday life, is the aim of small museums with a wide variety of themes: there are those dedicated to farming, rural life, cork, wine, pottery, fishing ... They are a good place to discover Cataloniaís cultural roots.

UNESCO heritage throughout the region.
Catalonia protects and preserves its heritage. As a result of this work, it has obtained thirteen UNESCO World Heritage recognitions, many of which are modernist buildings. Barcelona gathers together a good number of these modernist works, created by Antoni GaudÌ and LluÌs Domènech i Montaner. Walking through its streets you can admire the buildings that the Catalan bourgeoisie had built.
 Examples of this are the works of Gaudí, such as La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia, and those of Domènech i Montaner, the Hospital of Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Other modernist buildings and parks with UNESCO recognition are the Palau Güell, Park Güell, Casa Vicens, Casa Milà and the crypt of Colònia Güell.

The monastery of Poblet, pantheon of the Catalan kings, was the nerve centre of medieval Catalonia. A historical and cultural landmark also recognised by UNESCO, such as the archaeological complex of Tarraco. Tarragona preserves the imprint of the Roman empire almost completely intact. And if you want to travel even further back in time, you can relive the origins of humanity in the cave art sites of the la Roca de los Moros del Cogul and the Sierra de la Piedad in Ulldecona.

Catalonia's religious heritage
The catholic church has had a very important influence in Catalan culture. Proof of its role is the religious heritage that is preserved throughout Catalonia. Its most significant examples are the Sagrada Familia, Montserrat, Sant Pere de Rodes and the heritage spread throughout Catalonia, a large part linked to the initiative of the Catalonia Sacra bishoprics, with which you can visit a lot of the Catalan heritage linked to the Catholic church.

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Culture is part of Catalan DNA. Museums of universal geniuses and Heritage of Humanity buildings are some of the attractions of Catalonia.

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Discover Catalan cultural activity through its museums. Here are a few:
Palace of the Wind room in the Dalí Theatre-Museum.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Teatre-Museu Dalí
It was Dalí himself who planned and designed this theatre-museum. Located in Figueres (Costa Brava), his hometown, Dalí has left his mark in the dreamlike and surrealist atmosphere which encompasses the entire building, and in works as emblematic as Galatea of the Spheres or facilities tailor-made by the artist.
Gardens of the Joan Miró Foundation    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Fundació Joan Miró
The Joan Miró foundation was opened in 1975 and was converted, at the artist's express wishes, into a centre for the promotion of contemporary art which organises temporary exhibitions, conferences, seminars, workshops and children's theatre.
Gothic courtyard in Palau Aguilar, now the Picasso Museum.  (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Museu Picasso
Located in an ensemble of Gothic palaces, the Museu Picasso de Barcelona holds a valuable and representative collection of works by Pablo Picasso. Amongst others it is possible to view Ciencia y caridad, El Arlequín or the collection of Las Meninas.
Exterior of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is one of the most important museums in Catalonia and has pieces of Catalan and world art from the 11th century up to the mid-20th century comprising a range from sculpture and painting through to photography and engravings.
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)  (© Nano Cañas)
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), inaugurated in 1995, is found in the very heart of the Raval district and has different artistic flows which emerged during the second half of the 20th century. It places special emphasis on Catalan artists and on the trends which have exerted most influence on contemporary art in Catalonia.
Pati del Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).       (© CPT França)
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has three exhibition rooms, three rooms and various multifunctional areas where all kinds of artistic and cultural expressions are organised, such as alternative cinema festivals, excerpts from documentaries or conferences.
Patrimonial installations
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Culture lovers will find in Catalonia a wide variety of heritage facilities. Some of them even recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Take note.
Aerial view of the central nave and towers of the basilica of the Sagrada Familia (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Sagrada Familia Basilica
Antoni Gaudí accepted the job of continuing a neogothic-style church and giving it a monumental character. When the temple is finished, it will have three façades: the first representing the Birth of Christ, the second the Passion and death and the third the Glory. The four towers on each façade represent the four apostles.
Fachada del hospital de Sant Pau en Barcelona     (© Robert Ramos)
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
Gaudí Avenue is almost a kilometre long, adorned with beautiful modernist street lamps, and at its top end opens onto the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site.
Roman amphitheatre.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Tarraco. Roman ensemble of Tarragona
In the year 2000 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. It is worth highlighting the spectacular amphitheatre (2nd century), where gladiator fights were held, the forum of the colony (1st century B.C.), the Roman walls and the Early Christian necropolis.
Night view of Casa Milà, La Pedrera.  (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Casa Milà. La Pedrera
Casa Milà is a modernist building by Antoni Gaudí dating from 1905-1911, which totally broke the mould. Next to the stone structure, we can highlight the wrought iron balconies. The building is the perfect example of curved lines in Gaudí’s work.
Forum of the Roman city in the archaeological park of Empúries.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Archaeological ensemble of Empúries
It is made up of four areas: the old town or Palaeopolis, the neapolis, the Roman city and the Indigete settlement. Around the 2nd century AD the complex was progressively abandoned. The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia organises a number of activities.
Lago y exterior del palacio.     (© Jardí Històric Parc Samà)
Parc Samà. Artistic garden
It is one of the most fascinating places in the municipality and is highly linked to the life of many people in Cambrils and the surrounding area. The ensemble is extremely beautiful and harmonious both in terms of architecture and landscapes.
Entrance hall of the Casa Amatller.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Casa Amatller
Work of the architect Puig i Cadafalch, it was built in 1900. We can highlight the façade, decorated with neogothic and Flemish elements and crowned by a staggered roof. In the vestibule we can see the large number of columns, the bronze lamps, the elegant staircase with its spectacular stained-glass window.
Exterior views of the Casa de les Punxes (© Casa de les Punxes)
Casa Terrades or dels Punxes
It owes its name to the four cylindrical towers that crown it. Designed by Puig i Cadafalch between 1903 and 1905, it brings together three houses in a single building with a central European neogothic style, which is reminiscent of a fairytale castle.
Cripta Gaudí de noche      (© ALS)
Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell
This is the crypt built in the Colònia Güell by Antoni Gaudí, who initially designed a large church. It is considered one of his most important works for its complexity and because he tried out many of the ideas on it that he later incorporated in the Sagrada Família.
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Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona / Barcelona
Except for the façade – built at the end of the 19th century in a neogothic style – the rest of the building dates from between the 12th and the 15th century and is in a Gothic style. Inside there are three naves that are worth pointing out for their sheer size and height thanks to the slim pillars that are typical of Catalan Gothic architecture.
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Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer
Vilanova i la Geltrú / Costa Barcelona
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Centre dedicated to Víctor Balaguer, one of Catalonia's most representative figures from the 19th century. The museum holds a collection of anthropological pieces and an important art gallery with paintings ranging from Romanticism up to the mid-20th century.
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Casa Amatller
Barcelona / Barcelona
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Work of the architect Puig i Cadafalch, it was built in 1900. We can highlight the façade, decorated with neogothic and Flemish elements and crowned by a staggered roof. In the vestibule we can see the large number of columns, the bronze lamps, the elegant staircase with its spectacular stained-glass window.
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Casa-Museu Carlos Barral
Calafell / Costa Daurada
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The Museu Casa Barral adopts the role of studying and disseminating the town's seafaring past and the poet's literary and editorial work.
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Casa-Museu Pau Casals
Vendrell, el / Costa Daurada
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Museum dedicated to Pau Casals. It is located in the house the construction of which was commissioned by the famous musician and composer in 1909, overlooking the sea on Sant Salvador beach. It is possible to take a journey through his professional and private life.
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Catalunya en Miniatura
Torrelles de Llobregat / Costa Barcelona
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Come and discover a miniature Catalonia at the largest scale-model park in Europe and one of the largest in the world. There are 147 models of buildings from across Catalonia, as well as buildings designed by Gaudí to be found beyond the Catalan region.
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Centre d'Interpretació de la Mel d'Arnes.
Arnes / Terres de l'Ebre
Espacio de divulgación y exposición sobre la miel, la cultura y la tradición que rodea este mundo y que refuerza el vínculo identitario de Arnes con esta tradición centenaria. Fue remodelado en 2016 y utiliza las nuevas tecnologías.
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Centre del Romànic de la Vall de Boí
Vall de Boí, la / Pyrenees
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The Romanesque ensemble of Vall de Boí, located in the town of d'Erill la Vall, is the entity responsible for managing this heritage group declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
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Ecomuseu dels Pastors de la Vall d'Àssua
Sort / Pyrenees
Museum dedicated to shepherds, one of the traditional, most deep-rooted jobs in the valley of Àssua. Throughout the visit there is an in-depth examination of the history of shepherding and of how new technologies have transformed it.
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Fassina Balanyà
Espluga de Francolí, l' / Costa Daurada
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Antigua destilería originaria del siglo XIX, donde se partía del orujo (porción sólida de la uva) para obtener aguardiente. La visita incluye un audiovisual de presentación, el recorrido por el museo y la vieja fábrica, una destilación en vivo y una degustación de esta bebida alcohólica.
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Gaudí Centre Reus
Reus / Costa Daurada
Museum centre dedicated to Antoni Gaudí, the city's beloved son. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the artist's life and his relationship with Reus and gives insight into his creative method. Moreover, it offers the possibility of interacting with his work thanks to state-of-the-art audiovisual technology.
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Iberian Citadel of Calafell
Calafell / Costa Daurada
The Iberian citadel of Alorda Park or Les Toixoneres is an archaeological site excavated using experimental archaeological methods, enabling architectural reconstruction on site. It is located on a hill by the ponds in Platja de Calafell.
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La Pedrera
Barcelona / Barcelona
La Pedrera is one of the most iconic buildings of Gaudí's oeuvre. It is also one of the best conserved, as it has several spaces where the original style of the house can still be seen –including "el Piso"–, and makes an excellent venue for all type of activities.
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Marimurtra Botanical Gardens
Blanes / Costa Brava
In 1920 Karl Faust founded the Marimurtra botanical garden in Blanes with the aim of increasing knowledge of Mediterranean plants and landscapes. However, today we can find plants from all over the world in an attempt to preserve plant life that is threatened or in danger of extinction.
Montsec Astronomy Park (PAM)Montsec Astronomy Park (PAM)
Montsec Astronomy Park (PAM)
Àger / Terres de Lleida
The unique high-quality sky conditions facilitate the astronomy research, training and dissemination, work carried out at Montsec Astronomy Park with activities including tailor-made Observations and Planetarium events.