Collections

The Collections of the ‘Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey’ are imbued with the characteristic heterogeneity of the nineteenth century museum, halfway between the Romantic cabinet of curiosities and the modern ethnolographic museum. Above all, the museum is a testimony to the interests and personality of its creator, Tomas Balvey i Bas.

The Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey consists of a diverse collection of material relating to the ethnographic and artistic history of Cardedeu. The jewel of the collection is the Balvey pharmacy, dating from 1780, which is composted of the original furniture, pharmacy jars and tools for making and storing medicines.

The documentary section of the archive contains an important collection of vellum documents dated from the 10th to the 14th centuries, while the art-historical section includes remains from the Roman Villa del Pla de les Parets (Cardedeu), as well as architectural elements such as lintels, capitals and windows from local buildings.
The ethnographic part brings together a collection of clothing and personal ornaments (19th-20th centuries), fans, domestic objects, and objects used by various types of traditional artisans, such as boatmen, shoemakers, farmers, espadrille-makers, ironing women and potters. Finally, the museum boasts a large collection of Catalan ceramics dating from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.

The museum’s collection include some pieces of furniture, such as an eighteenth-century bed and a box of sailor, both polychrome, a collection of religious imagery -whose main parts are a Gothic and a Baroque images of the Virgin, from the castle of La Roca and the parish church of Cardedeu, respectively-, and a large collection of firearms.
A selection of this collection, organized in sections with the aim of spreading the founding and creator spirit of the collector Tomàs Balvey, is the basis of the permanent exhibition Balvey Tomàs. The other objects and parts are kept in warehouses and are available to researchers upon request.