Museo casa roig: Museo Casa Roig – Universidad de Puerto Rico

Visit Casa Roig Museum in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Casa Roig is more than a museum, it is a glimpse into the life of a wealthy sugar plantation owner, an architectural first in the region, restoration in progress, as well as a lovely exhibit hall for local artists.

Sugar production shaped the Caribbean culture in many ways including wealth distribution and overall agriculture.  Casa Roig is a unique Prairie House style architecture build by renowned Czechoslovakian architect Antonin Nechodoma in the Frank Lloyd Wright influenced style of building.  This house was unique to the region and would appear modern, futuristic even compared to the local buildings at the time.

Located in the heart of Humacao, Puerto Rico, Museo Casa Roig is hidden on a small street.  A street that I have hurriedly driven down, not noticing this delightful two story former plantation owner’s home now restored and converted into a museum and art gallery.

The exterior tiles around the house are in mid-restoration while the house itself looks like construction was just completed.   The interior offers dark wood floors and walls, polished to a shine.  It is the bright colored stained glass windows all around the house that will wow and delight visitors.

Casa Roig Stained Glass Windows

Visitor’s are taken through the house room by room learning about the owners, architecture, restoration process, and viewing of the current art exhibition in the upper rooms.

Casa Roig Museum Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite part of the house.  The butter yellow stain glass above the window, honeycomb tile floor, and white tiled wood burning stove are all original to the house.  Stepping into the kitchen I can almost hear the bustling sounds of preparing meals and the smell of wood burning mixed with the local root vegetables simmering on the stove.

Be sure to watch my video tour until you can visit this treasure for yourself!

Tours can be reserved by calling ahead (787-852-8380), or take a chance and show up Monday through Friday 10 am until 3:30 pm.   There is small parking lot in back of the Museum.  Parking, museum entrance, and private guided tours are FREE!  There is a small donation box for guests that want to contribute to operations and restoration fund.

The house and surrounding property was donated to the University of Puerto Rico in 1977.  Adjacent to the former plantation home, is a new building that functions as administrative and research facilities.  There is a small dedicated research room for preservation of original photos, the history of the Roig family and sugar plantations around Puerto Rico.

Casa Roig Research room

Despite sugar production being a major influence in Puerto Rico, there are not many preserved sites like Casa Roig to learn about the history and see the artifacts of the time.

Casa Roig Museum History Plaque

In my attempt to learn more about sugar production in the area, I went to the ruins of the Hacienda la Lucia sugar mill site in Yabacoa,  15 kilometers south of Casa Roig along the east coast in Puerto Rico.   What remains of a corner wall and a couple large rusted gears are the only items on-site.  Without bolt cutters, I was unable to walk any closer than this sign and the barbed wire fence behind it.

Lucia Sugar Mill Sign as seen behind the fence

I had better results with my drone and was able to get close enough to capture this image of the site.  That is all that remains of this sugar mill that was so critical to the economy.

Drone close up photo of the Lucia Sugar Mill, Yabacoa Puerto Rico

A better preserved site is the Water Pump station located in Humacao Natural Reserve.  The rusted pipes and pump housing is accessible to allow anyone to get up close and walk around the remaining gears and pipes.

Where ever you go in Puerto Rico, keep a look out for evidence of the sugar plantation history, it is lurking all around the island!

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Built in 1920, Casa Roig Museum is located within the Casa Roig building that was once Antonio Roig’s residence. The house was accommodated by him and his family until 1956 when he passed away. His heirs opted to donate the property to the University of Puerto Rico who refurbished the building and converted into a museum, opening its doors to visitors in 1989. Tours on Saturdays can be booked by appointment.

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Built in 1920, Casa Roig Museum is located within the Casa Roig building that was once Antonio Roig’s residence. The house was accommodated by him and his family until 1956 when he passed away. His heirs opted to donate the property to the University of Puerto Rico who refurbished the building and converted into a museum, opening its doors to visitors in 1989. Tours on Saturdays can be booked by appointment.

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Victor Balaguer Museum Library, Vilanova e la Geltrú, Spain HiSoUR – HiSoUR – Hi So You Are

The Victor Balaguer Museum Library, located in the municipality of Vilanova i la Geltrú, was founded in 1884 by Victor Balaguer. Balaguer wanted to create a universal temple of knowledge, open to all, to promote education and culture. It is one of the oldest and most innovative cultural sites in Catalonia as it was the first public building in the country to serve as a library and museum. Since 2000, the museum has been part of the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the library section of the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Its current director is Mireia Rosic. nine0007

Currently, the museum library named after. Victor Balaguer occupies 2 buildings in Vilanova and la Geltru. The original building of the institution (which in turn includes the Casa de Santa Teresa) and the Casa Marqués de Castrofuerte, where the library’s consulting services and the center’s offices are located.

Main building
The main building was built on some land that the railway company credited at a nominal price. The first stone was laid on January 1, 1882 and unveiled on October 26, 1884. The building is the work of the architect Jeroni Granell i Mundet and is located in the center of Vilanova and La Geltrú, surrounded by others for the train station, the Higher Polytechnic School of Engineering of Vilanova and La Geltrú de la UPC and the library of this university. It was conceived specifically to house a library and a museum, something unusual at the time. With Neo-Greek and Neo-Greek decorations typical of the eclectic architecture of the late nineteenth century, shortly before modernism, which is characterized by the fusion of the aesthetics of historicism with modern techniques, that is, decorative elements drawn from the past, but the technology in building systems was the pinnacle. nine0007

Exterior decoration used classical style details (acroteris, fronton, atrium) and Egyptian (stylized leaves in the capitals of columns, papyrus plant schematization), which is quite unusual in «Granell architecture, but this is due to the general interest that existed in ancient Egypt , especially as a result of new archaeological discoveries, the opening of the Suez Canal (1869) or the success of Verdi’s Aida (1871).

The building bears a resemblance to the Barceloní Palau d’Exposicions de Belles Arts. Twin windows separated by small columns, attached pilasters modulate the façades, a symmetrical layout with elongated plants, central access through a portico with a pediment supported by two columns, and the names of classical artists and contemporaries credited on the frieze are some of the compositional features common to both. buildings. nine0007

On the facade of the building there is a sculpture of the archbishop of Tarragona, Francesc Armania, and another work of the poet Manuel de Cabañas, who was an outstanding Vilanova of the 19th century. At the entrance, you can read the motto Surge et ambula (get up and walk, in Latin). The nineteenth century garden also stands out, which surrounds the building. In 2009, the 125-year-old acts were celebrated and the facades of the building were restored. The work included manual remediation of damaged areas, both in artificial stone areas and in restored parish lime stalls. The paintwork was done using velour, applied in various proportions according to the elements of the building: artificial stone, sgraffito or lime plaster. nine0007

Exterior decoration used classical style details (acroteris, fronton, atrium) and Egyptian (stylized leaves in the capitals of columns, papyrus plant schematization), which is rather unusual in Granell architecture, but this is due to the general interest that was in Ancient Egypt, especially as a result of new archaeological discoveries, the opening of the Suez Canal (1869) or the success of Verdi’s Aida (1871).

Porch: entrance porch, with columns and tympanum, following the same pattern as Masonic lodges, surmounted by the inscription Surge et ambula (arise and go), a cry for progress and progress. Balaguer himself chose these words as the motto of the Institution. They symbolize the transition from darkness to light, are understood as knowledge and are associated with the aromatic spirit of self-esteem. nine0007

Evaluation: The grid that surrounds the building has been commissioned to the Earth and the Marine Engineer.

Garden: During the construction of the institution, special attention was paid to the garden of the building, in which, among other things, acacia trees (associated with Masonic symbols), palm trees, eucalyptus and roses were planted. The design is the work of master gardener Joan Pierre.

Sculptures: the main door of the building surrounded by two statues. The sculptural image of the Archbishop of Armania was placed in 1887, the work of Manuel Fuchs. The sculpture of the poet Manuel de Cabaña settled six years later with the work of Josep Campeny. Victor Balaguer arrived in the city at 1900 year. Both were restored on the occasion of the 125th anniversary.

Sgraffiti: The building was conceived as a statement of intent. The 18 graffiti that decorate the façade worked as elements of information and tribute. They were made by Josep Mirabent y Gatell (1831-1899), a painter and prestigious interior decorator who excelled with his work on the hall of the University of Barcelona and the ceiling of the Teatro del Liceu. The graffiti depict symbolic scenes of art and science, and some of them are interpreted in a Masonic way. Victor Balaguer was a stonemason, belonged to one of the two Grand Orients of Spinesite and received the degree of 33 Supreme Grand Inspector General, according to the Scottish Rite and Memphis. They were made from a mixture of lime and marble sand and were set in rectangular spaces bounded by pilasters. The set represented the evolution of the humanistic disciplines, organized into four blocks: art, science, technology, and literature. Subsequent remodeling caused the esgraphiados of the later façade to be lost, referring to the history of art applied in industry or the art of luxury. Only twelve sgraffiti are currently visible. Eight on the main façade, one on each side, and two on the back façade next to the library. The booths have been preserved in the natural size of these graffiti. Over the years, the graffiti has deteriorated noticeably, and thanks to the restoration work, they were able to recover again. nine0007

Main façade (history of great art):
Egyptian art. Three Egyptian characters are depicted on the stage, which symbolize the fine and sculptural arts. Two are sculptors, and the third seems to be painting.
Greek art: Fídies carving the famous Atenea (Minerva from the Romans) in gold and ivory for the Parthenon and a young man carving a fragment of the porch. Fídies (V aC) is considered one of the best sculptors of all time.
Christian art: Fra Angelico de Beola appears painting a virgin, a young man working on the capital and sculpture. The medieval era is the moment of maximum greatness of the unions responsible for the transfer of mastery. nine0159 Renaissance art: Miquel Angel is represented by the contemplation of his statue of Moses and the sculptor while working in the capital. At his feet appear the main tools of the sculptor: a hammer and a chisel. It could be a representation of his workshop.

Main façade (History of Sciences):
Egypt: There are three Egyptian astronomers, one of them has a compass, a measuring instrument for geometric and numerical calculations. The compass is part of the official macho symbolism and is associated with its origins among the builders of the Middle Ages. It is also possible to refer to the construction of the universe, so that there would be a perfect and harmonious work for the Masons. In addition to the compass, astronomers also used the square, also a Masonic symbol. The sun and moon, from the cycles of which the first measures of time were analyzed, also have their own Masonic symbols and lead the lodge, the ceiling of which is decorated with constellations and stars, symbols of perfection, among which is the North Star. The scene can symbolize efforts to overcome knowledge. nine0159 Greece: A Greek speaker appears and gives lessons to the people. The scene highlights the importance of the transfer of knowledge between teacher and student. This connection also exists in masonry, which is structured in a strict hierarchical order.
Modern Era: Engraving in which we find Christopher Columbus arguing with the theologians of Salamanca.
Modern Era: A number of modern inventions are featured, and Gutenberg, the creator of the printing press, is in the preferred location. Mechanics are represented by the steam engine, navigation, railway, etc. Lightning rods, the light bulb and the galvanic set appear as the latest inventions of the time. The composition is a collection of Balaguerian thought, in particular, and liberal thought, in general, always closely connected with the idea of ​​progress and modernity. nine0007

Radio measuring instruments:
North side: time is crowned by clepsydra. Figure flanked by two winged Egyptian characters, one classical character, the other.
South side: time leading to modern daylight hours, which manages to be extended to two other geniuses of Christian and Renaissance nature; palms, palms and crowns to prominent, winners or admirers

Late façade (literature and poetry)
In origin they showed scenes from the history of literature and poetry. Due to successive expansions of the building, only scenes of Dante Alighieri telling Florence his songs to the crowd, and images of Cervantes, Calderon de la Barca and Shakespeare as representatives of modern literature and poetry, are currently preserved. nine0007

Names: In addition to the scenes, the names of writers in the library wing and artists are also inscribed on the facades of the museum. Library sector: Cervantes, Desclos, Garcilaso, Ausias March, Feijo, Ramon Lull, Capmani, Alfonso X and Jaime I. Arnau de Vilanova, Velázquez, Ali Bey, Berruguete, Campeni, Herrera are represented in the museum. Viladomat, Murillo and Fortuna.

Technological progress in the interior, in the structure of the roof made of iron vaults. In the original building, the vaults are lowered, the trusses are supported by a metal curved perimeter. Later, successive expansions used metallic jealousy beams. nine0007

Pinakothek: the main space where large-format paintings and sculptures are exhibited.

Salo Maria: 1892 extension to cover the lower part of the sculpture. This room contained works that the Catalan sculptors of the 19th century donated to the museum, as well as other works that the founder had secured for his institution. Some of them were of large volume, and it took six people to transport them. Keep in mind that at the end of the 19th century, sculpture was an era of splendor. With the restructuring of cities, it has become one of the main elements in the decoration of public places. And at the same time, it served to honor historical figures or ideas. The original content of the room has changed. Over time, the collection of arts and crafts was transferred (Catalan tiles and glass, coins and medals), replacing the sculptures originally, until 2008 became a baroque tanka display with paintings of Spanish and flamenco del Prado. nine0007

Isabelle Room: 1898 expansion, originally welcomed the collection of ceramics, currency, medals and the Egyptian collection, among others. First, a collection of Egyptian art was collected, which Eduard Toda donated to the museum in 1886. It was the first Egyptian collection to be exhibited in Catalonia. Undoubtedly, the subject that drew the most attention to this collection was the mother of a 5-year-old boy known as Nesya’s mother. Today, the Egyptian collection has its own scope, and Isabelle’s room is intended for temporary exhibitions. nine0007

Sala Silvela: 1919 extension by Font i Gumà and JFRàfols. Francesc Garcia Escarré was responsible for the decoration of the ceiling. In the beginning he collected a collection of arts and crafts, later he collected an old collection of paintings and a boardroom chair. Currently, after a 2008 reordering, the room displays a small sample of pharmaceutical tiles, glass, and pots, as well as an ethnological collection of objects from pre-Columbian, Asian, and Philippine Americas. nine0007

Rotunda: At the entrance to the building there is a roundabout that acts as a distributor between the library and the halls of the museum and, in addition to the bust of Victor Balaguer, you can see portraits of several prominent Vilanovins: Manuel de Cabañes, Joan Serafi Vidal, Frances de Sal Vidal, Sebastian Anton Pascual, Francesc Armagna, Josep Ferrer Vidal, Salvador Sama and Magi Pers and Ramona. These portraits were the beginning of the illustrious Wilanowina Gallery, which is on display on the boardroom board. There are four sketches of iconography on the walls: history and poetry on the corner of the library, and painting and architecture for the museum. Spaces like these are organized after providing symbolic protective features typical of Freemasonry. nine0007

Meeting room: the meeting room houses the cadiz with the names of the members of the board of directors, and every anniversary Balaguer adds a portrait of a prominent figure in Vilanova’s social, literary, economic, religious or political sector.

Casa Santa Teresa
This isolated building, located next to the Victor Balaguer Museum Library and surrounded by a large garden, was built in 1890 as the private home of Victor Balaguer. He owes his name to his mother and to Santa Teresa, whose bust is on the facade with one of his poems. I live without living in me. The building has a rectangular layout and consists of a basement, a basement raised from the floor, a floor and a roof where a staircase rises. The composition of the façades is almost symmetrical, with rectangular windows and very severed arcs, bulls and stands. A skirting board along the perimeter decoratively divides the floor of the first floor. The building is topped with a cornice and baluster railing and is a decoration of horizontal stripes imitating bricks. On one of the facades is a bust of Saint Teresa, erected in memory of Victor Balaguer’s mother, Teresa Sirara. It was designed by the municipal architect Bonaventura Polles i Vivo and completed in 1889. year. At the beginning, the building was built next to the Victor Balaguer Library-Museum to accommodate Victor Balaguer at the Your Your in Vilanova hotel. Later, when there was not enough space in the library-museum, it was used as a dependency of this institution. In 1915, the state organized the separation of the library from the museum.

Casa Marquès de Castrofuerte
House of the Marquis of Castrofuerte is a building listed as a protected monument as a cultural site of local interest. It is a large rectangular Cantonese building, consisting of a ground floor, two floors and a flat roof. It has a ground floor side body to the left of the c/Monturiol façade. The main façade is symmetrical. The first floor, currently modified, presents as an original element the entrance door, bounded by branches that imitate columns with capitals. The top two floors have balconies with iron railings and two different rockets that are arranged alternately. The crown of the building is a corbel-supported cornice and an ironing railing with a centered pediment bearing the date 1883. The most remarkable ornamental elements are sgraffiti, in horizontal stripes and medallions, corbel and palm cornices. nine0007

Conceived with the goal of publishing through all objects and documents of all knowledge, its founder has provided books, journals and documents of all kinds. The intention of the founder was that it should be open to any citizen, without exception of economic or social type, thus advancing to the first public libraries in Catalonia. In addition to books, after successive donations and exchanges of publications, the library had manuscripts, photographs, engravings, maps, parchments and other outstanding documents. As with the museum, donations of great importance also come here, such as the Library of Manuel Pers y Fontanals, the Chilean engineer Franz Luch y Rafekas, the menu collection of Dr. Tebus, Edouard Toda, the poet Joseph Massanes, Maria Aguilo… and even the exchange of duplicates has been established with the Sociedad Científica de Aude in Sweden. The relationships that Balaguer maintained with the intellectuals of the time also contributed to the emergence of bibliographic material of various international origins. In 1884, the library already had gas lighting due to the proximity of the Industrial Union factory. nine0007

Joan Oliva and Mila were responsible for developing the library catalogue. This, thanks to the desire of Balaguer and the way of learning, they visited the main libraries of France and England to learn the craft according to European canons. The meticulous and painstaking work done by Oliva in cataloging the collection has made the Library a reference space for consultation and study. Many figures of Catalan culture have moved, such as Antoni Elias de Molins, Felip Pedrell and Francesc Macia. The library, however, was not an exclusive space for intellectuals, but, above all, for workers and people. He tried to open culture and knowledge to everyone. A long marble table filled with contemporary press was one of the best complaints. Under 19For 65 years it was the only public library in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

It currently has about 50,000 books and nearly 2,000 periodicals from the 18th and 20th centuries. In addition, we must take into account the collection of about 50,000 letters and various literary and political manuscripts of Victor Balaguer. All this makes it one of the richest 19th century bibliographic collections in Catalonia.

It also has documents, personal and/or artistic archives of personalities such as Enric Cristofor Ricart, Joan Alemany and Moya and Eduard Toldra, as well as the personal bibliographic collection of Joan Rius i Vila, José Cruset or the gastronomic Joan Enric Roig Santacana. other. In the reading room of the Victor Balaguer Library there are busts of Dante, Calderón de la Barca and Cervantes as significant representatives of the universal letters. nine0007

The Victor Balaguer Museum has a 19th century aesthetic. The exhibits currently on display correspond to what was considered modern painting at that time, that is, what was being done at that time. There was also an old painting section. The chronological fan moved from the Baroque to the early 19th century. Most of them were portraits, landscapes and paintings. Keep in mind that in 1884 there was not a single museum open in Catalonia open to permanent works. Balaguer created a Catalan art gallery with such representative names as Martí Alcina, Joaquim Vaireda, Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol in terms of painting and Damia Campeni or the Valmitiana brothers in terms of sculpture. The first layout of the museum was given by Josep Ferrer and Soler, one of the members of the board. nine0007

Like former collectors of the nineteenth century, the collection is divided into several collections due to Balaguer’s interdisciplinary interest. Although most of the collection was donated by the same Balaguer, over the years the museum has included and enriched its collections through various acquisitions and donations. In 2011, the museum’s art collection consisted of over 7,000 different items. Since the founding of the museum, several works have been transferred to the Prado Museum, which are periodically updated. Often this contribution consists of Castilian, Valencian and Andalusian painting of the 16th-18th centuries, including works by well-known artists such as El Greco, Goya or Ribera, among others. The museum also houses a collection of urban Catalan paintings 19th century, which until 1996 was exhibited at the Castell de la Geltrú.

Baroque painting
In the so-called Sala Prado (formerly Salo Maria) there is an important set of baroque paintings from the storage of the Prado Museum. With works such as The Holy Family of El Greco and paintings by Luca Giordano, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Rubens, Ribera, Goya, etc. The Castilian and Andalusian schools and, to a lesser extent, the Flemish and Italian schools are represented here. The paintings are divided into four main thematic areas: religious painting, portraiture, mythology and nature, which also includes dead nature. nine0007

19th century painting and sculpture
Pinakotheks were large halls of fine art in which they mixed painting and sculpture without chronological or thematic order. It is very different from the disposition that currently presents works in the halls of the Museums. The room is largely maintained, as is also the case in the library, an original aspect of the period. The Sala de la Pinacoteca includes one of the finest collections of 19 Catalan paintingscentury, among which are the works of Santiago Rusiñola, Ramón Casas, Joaquim Vaireda, Marti Alsina, Pau Carbonella and Dions Baiqueras, among which, mainly, the original Founder collection and paintings donated to the museum by the artists themselves are presented. The works are exhibited in chronological order to recall the Roman school of 19th-century Catalan art. The painting «Protection of the Park of Monteleón de Sorolla» stands out, commonly known as El Dos de Mayo, property of the Prado Museum.

Painting and sculpture of the 20th century
Paintings and sculptures by leading artists of the first half of the 20th century are exhibited in the halls of the first half of the 20th century, such as Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Anglada Camarasa, Joaquim Mir, Isidre Nonell, Francesc Domingo or Xavier Noguès, among others. Many of these paintings are small-format works that were brought to the Institution in 1956, the year that gave its name to Legacy 56. Due to local history, there is a room with paintings »Old Café Fomento and a short section with works from the Wilanow School. nine0007

Also on this floor is a collection of contemporary art from the 1950s and 1960s, including paintings by Rafols Casamada, Hernandez Piyuan, Tarrat, Guinovart, Antonio Saura… and sculptures by Ángel Ferrant and Andreu Alfaro, among others. Most of the works in this collection belong to the founding of the first Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, ​​founded in 1960, which was taken over by the Library Museum four years after it closed in 1963. Thus, dispersion of this important set is prevented. It is considered an unofficial art collection of a more complete Catalonia. The museum also has a temporary exhibition hall. nine0007

Egyptian collection
The collection has an Egyptian room, which contains authentic items from ancient Egypt. It stands out for its uniqueness, a small mummy of a five-year-old child named Neci, one of the only five mummies currently kept in Catalan museums. The Museum’s Egyptian collection is the first to be trained in Catalonia and was donated in 1886 by Edouard Toda i Güell, a diplomat and writer and close collaborator of Victor Balaguer in the Renaixença movement. Some of the parts of the set come from the tomb of Sennedjem in Deir el-Medina (Western Tebs), in the opening of which Eduard Toda participated. The library has also received an important donation of books, photographs, postcards from All That Gathered on her travels as a diplomat around the world. nine0007

Pre-Columbian Collection
The Pre-Columbian Collection includes objects from the most significant areas of Mesoamerica, especially from the plateaus of Mexico, Central America and South America. Many of the exhibits in the collection were donated to the museum by diplomats and prominent figures who visited the area and, in some cases, participated in archaeological excavations. One of the people who contributed to this fund was Baroness Wilson Emilia Serrano (1834-1922). The presence in Catalonia of objects of pre-Columbian culture began in 19century, when sailors and merchants, known as Indians, returned home with rarities collected or bought in America.

Philippine Collection
The collection consists of objects of daily use, warfare and objects of religious worship, from international exhibitions such as the Anthropological Science Competition in Paris in 1878 or the General Exhibition of the Philippines in the Crystal Palace of Gardens in retirement of Madrid, 1887 This Victor Balaguer, then the Minister of Foreign Affairs, managed to save some sample objects for his project. nine0007

Oriental Collection
The Oriental Collection consists of three significant donations: Edouard Toda, Francesc Abella and Juan Mencarini. They are all characters who enjoy their relationship with Victor Balaguer. From the set of this unique collection, it is necessary to highlight the numismatic fund provided by Juan Mencarini, an official of the Chinese imperial customs. Created for its direct purchase in China and representing almost all the dynasties of the Chinese imperial past, it was given in 1888. nine0007

Archaeological collection
The archaeological collection consists of two large blocks. Foundation donations from different parts of the country and excavation of tickets to the territory, especially in the counties of Garraf, Alt Penedès and Bax Penedès. The main departments represented are Darró, Solicrup, Masia Nova, Cova Verda and Cova de Can Sadurní. Within the block corresponding to the fundamental donations, two groups are distinguished: donations in the life of Victor Balaguer and donations after Balaguer before 1939 years old In addition, the figure of Edouard Toda and Güell is one of the main patrons of the institution in the collection of Egyptology, he donated a collection of glass and Roman and Punic ceramics.

Decorative Arts
This collection is a collection of other small collections (glass, ceramics and metal) that give a more rounded picture of Victor Balaguer’s passion for collecting.

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