In the heart of Vilanova i la Geltrú and founded in 1884 by Víctor Balaguer we find the Víctor Balaguer Museum Library.
The so-called Sala Prado stands out, where twenty paintings of El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Carreño de Miranda, Rubens, or Goya are exhibited in a regular way.
In its beginnings it was built to be a universal temple of knowledge, open to everyone to promote education and culture, and the first public building destined to carry out library and museum functions. Currently, it is one of the oldest and most pioneering cultural facilities in Catalonia.
Since its foundation, although most of the Museum’s objects were donated by Víctor Balaguer, donations and museographic arrangements have been constant, which has led to the successive expansion of the museum’s spaces. In 1890 Víctor Balaguer built a house in the garden of the Museum, which was the residence to Balaguer during his stays in Vilanova and where they covered the new donations of paintings, sculptures, Philippine and Oriental objects, etc.
From 1949 onwards, the 20th century Catalan painting collection was increased. In 1952 he founded the Centre d’Estudis, a cultural motor of the city. The Museum’s artistic collections are made up of more than 5,000 objects, including the 19th-century painting and sculpture collection and 20th-century painting (Legacy 1956, Pinturas del Café, Vilanoví Promotion, Vilanova School and Contemporary Art) . Other collections available are the decorative elements (ceramics and glass), archeology and ethnography (pre-Columbian, Philippine, Eastern and Egyptian) and coins and medals.