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 since 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.
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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 created throughout his life.

The Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey de Cardedeu –MATBC- is located in 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 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is named after its founder, Tomàs Balvey, the last representative of a long line of apothecaries documented in Cardedeu since the 17th century.

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

The MATBC museum tour revolves around collecting, pharmacy and the profession of apothecary. 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 environments of Cardedeu, led 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 for the Museum and local heritage to be a learning tool and resource at all educational levels. That is why we offer you a series of proposals and school activities: from discovery itineraries of the environment and heritage to visits and workshops to the Museum and exhibitions.

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


"Clar de Lluna" in Santa Maria de Palautordera


Read more

Festival of the Turret in La Roca del Vallès

18/07/2024 - 21/07/2024

Read more


Giveaway: win tickets and cool off at Marineland

Read more

Discovering Penedès and Alella at your own pace through the…

Read more

Subscribe to our newsletters!

You will receive our monthly newsletter with new routes, promotions, sweepstakes, etc.. on your email!