Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer
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Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer

Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer
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Founded in 1884 by Victor Balaguer, a Catalan politician and writer, the Biblioteca Museu Victor 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, 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 25 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 Murillo. Amongst the ethnographic collections, with objects from the Philippines, China, Japan and America, stands out the Egyptian collection, which includes a child's mummy. *Since March 2022, the museum is closed for works on the renovation of the air conditioning system.
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geezergal55
hobe sound florida144 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We stayed in Vilanova several days and went by this place at least 4 times, when the sign out front clearly indicated it should have been open, but it was closed! If you want people to visit your museum, please operate it in a professional manner.
Written February 26, 2019
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Dear @geezergal55, We regret your experience. Could you tell us at what time you found the museum closed? We always keep to the schedule. Thanks and apologies.
Written February 28, 2019
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,070 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
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 - you can use your phone or the I Pad. Bring you ear buds. Only some of the collection is available on the I Pad but it's the general info which is really good.
I headed for the library first - so atmospheric and he had such an advanced filing system for his books. Then onto the other rooms.
Many of the works are on loan from the Prado so you have El Greco's St Francis of Assisi , The Holy Family and some Goya portraits too.. The Catalan greats like Rusinol and Casas are well represented.
Upstairs is sheer Modernist heaven -
Stayed until closing time at 2pm - great experience
Written November 1, 2017
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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.
Written November 2, 2017
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Pepe S
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain98 contributions
May 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.
Written August 10, 2017
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Thank you! We appreciate your kind words about our museum.
Written October 24, 2017
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Susana55555
Vilassar de Mar, Spain20 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
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).
Written January 24, 2017
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enric b
Hagenthal-le-Bas, France169 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
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.
Written January 8, 2017
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⚡RawT⚡
Isle of Wight, UK6,984 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
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.
Written September 21, 2016
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997M2
79 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
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.
Written April 27, 2016
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Norfolk n Good
Norwich, UK1,172 contributions
Sep 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 it appears. At less than €4 it is great value, and is a must visit for art lovers, or anyone interested in culture.
Written September 30, 2015
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TheLegos
Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain412 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
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 be very much surprised at the amount of big name painters on display. The museum is not very large (and its Egyptian section perhaps a little overrated), but just fine for a casual visit without the hassle of a Prado or Louvre. If you're interested in painting, this is a must go.
Written July 14, 2015
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