Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey Cardedeu

Doctor Daurella,1 Cardedeu

The MATBC houses the collection of its creator, Tomàs Balvey y Bas (1865-1954), the last pharmacist of an ancient saga documented in Cardedeu from 1664.


  • From Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday closed

The museum preserves the Balvey Pharmacy complex, with original furniture from 1780 and more than 200 ceramic albarelos from 1827. In addition to a garden dedicated to medicinal plants.

The Tomàs Balvey collector exhibition is housed on the top floor of the museum, where there is a sample of each of the collections that Tomàs Balvey built throughout his life.

The Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey de Cardedeu –MATBC- is located in the Casal. Dr. Daurella, former summer home of the Daurella family, located in the center of Cardedeu in an urban area characterized by the presence of summer buildings and towers of various bourgeois families of Barcelona from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The museum bears the name of its founder, Tomàs Balvey, the last representative of a long line of apothecaries documented in Cardedeu since the 17th century.

The MATBC fund is made up of various collections, the most unique element of which is the rural pharmacy of Balvey descent and which, together with the rural pharmacy Esteve de Llívia, are among the oldest in Europe. The set is made up of the original furniture from the year 1780, and has more than two hundred ceramic albarelos in the imperial style, from 1827.

The museum itinerary of the MATBC revolves around collecting, pharmacy and the craft of a bottler. The museum has a garden, dedicated to medicinal plants, which is presented as an open-air exhibition hall, complementing the central theme of the museum: well -being, health and remedies.

The Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey has a long history and a solid track record; It is a museum with strong roots in the territory and that works to preserve, recover and tell history and heritage through exhibitions, activities, workshops and tourist itineraries.

From the museum, guided itineraries are organized through the historic center referring to the art, architecture and history of the municipality, from the Gothic to the modernist summer towers. From the houses and towers surrounded by gardens to the civil and funerary architecture of the architect Manuel Joaquim Raspall (1877-1937).

Walks through the natural surroundings of Cardedeu, guided by specialists, to learn and recognize the geology, medicinal plants, birds or mushrooms of our environment.

educational proposals

From the Cardedeu Museum we offer different cultural activities for schools, which are carried out both in our museum and in the municipality.

Our desire is that the Museum and local heritage be a learning tool and resource at all educational levels. That is why we offer you a series of proposals and school activities: from itineraries to discover the environment and heritage to visits and workshops to the Museum and the exhibitions.

Prior reservation is required for all activities by calling 938 71 30 70 or by email at .


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