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Biblioteca Museo Victor Balaguer

Av. Victor Balaguer s/n, 08800 Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
+34 938 15 42 02
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Fantastic library and fantastic collection

Only a few minutes from the train station and Railway Museum. Superb exterior and the inside is a... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
vessi80
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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
An interesting building that hides more than you think

Some of the art pieces are quite good, but the library is impressive. There must be interesting... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Pepe S
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Founded in 1884 by Víctor Balaguer, a Catalan politician and writer, the Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer is one of Catalonia’s oldest and most singular museums. Its galleries show an exceptional trajectory through the different artistic movements of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century in Catalonia, from Romanticism to Noucentisme. The important legacy in contemporary art also stands out, with a relevant section of Informalism Art. The painting section is completed with a permanent exhibition of approximately 20 oil paintings of the Spanish and European Baroque period, which come from the historical collection of the Prado Museum (Madrid). This section includes works of El Greco, Ribera, Goya, Rubens or Van Dyck. Amongst the ethnographic collections, with objects from the Philippines, China, Japan and America, stands out the Egyptian collection, which was the first one in Catalonia and includes a child's mummy.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Av. Victor Balaguer s/n, 08800 Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Only a few minutes from the train station and Railway Museum. Superb exterior and the inside is a stunning blend of traditional and now. Entrance is 4 euros but as the Egyptian hall was temporarily closed, the entrance was free. New I- Pad guide -...More

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BMVictorBalaguer, Departamento de Comunicación at Biblioteca Museo Victor Balaguer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words about our museum. We’re glad you enjoyed the visit, and we're sorry you couldn't visit the Egyptian room.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Some of the art pieces are quite good, but the library is impressive. There must be interesting information contained in those books that Victor was able to collect due to his privileged position.

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BMVictorBalaguer, Departamento de Comunicación at Biblioteca Museo Victor Balaguer, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words about our museum.

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

We were in principle more interested in the building itself than in the collection of paintings, but were very much surprised to find that the collection of paintings is absolutely incredible. It is really worth a visit! The entrance fee is very cheap (3 euros).

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Hardly anybody knows about this little museum and library. It contains several Prado Museum pieces on loan: Goya, Greco, etc. Very good collection of Catalan painting from the 1930's.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Very difficult to categorise this museum, it has all sorts of art, from local wall tiles to works from world renowned artists. Modern sculptures and an Egyptian mummy. Very easy to spend a couple of hours here.

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Reviewed 27 April 2016

It's a small museum, but there's a good range of various exhibits. Well presented. Nice rooms. Modest entry fee. Spent 90 minutes there, without rushing.

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Reviewed 30 September 2015

This place is somewhat of an oddity, as it houses some absolutely fantastic artworks by some excellent well known and lots of Catalan painters you may not know. Set in what was a Masonic lodge, he building is quite remarkable inside, and seems bigger than...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Located in Vilanova i la Geltru, about 40' from Barcelona, and exactly in front of the train station you can find this amazing museum with is an art piece itself. You can find a great collection of catalan artists, a collection from the Prado Museum...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2015

This gallery/museum is not what you expect to find in a somewhat sleepy town of 50,000 inhabitants. Thanks to the inflow of rich people returning from Cuba in the late 19th century, a fantastic art collection is on display in the Victor Balaguer. You will...More

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