The Gaudí Exhibition Center is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the brilliant Catalan architect: it offers a unique collection of objects and documents by Antoni Gaudí, as well as a research center dedicated to works, life and his working method. The center is located inside the Pia Almoina, the ancient rectory of the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic style of the fifteenth century and home to the Diocesan Museum.
The permanent exhibition: Strolling with Gaudí
The Gaudí Exhibition Center hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to Gaudí: starting from the revolutionary ideas of the Catalan architect, the exhibition delves into the explanation of his innovative working methods, which allowed him to become the universal genius known today. The artistic spirit, respect for tradition, craftsmanship and scientific precision are explained step by step, in a path that combines original documents and models with audiovisual installations, holograms and sets.
With a small additional cost of € 2 it is possible to experience a virtuous reality by visiting the crypt of the Colonia Güell. The entire route can be visited with the support of an audio guide in Italian, included in the admission price.
La Pia Almoina
The Pia Almoina houses both the Gaudí Exhibition Center and the Diocesan Museum, and was the ancient seat of the Rectory of the Cathedral, built in place of some pre-existing medieval buildings. It is a building consisting of two sections: one Gothic, with the entrance to the Plaça de la Seu and built around 1435, and the other of the Renaissance period, located next to the first and added around 1546.
The visit to the Gaudí Exhibition Center is a good starting point before visiting the most famous works such as the Sagrada Familia or Casa Milà; if you are in Barcelona for the first time or your visit is mainly dedicated to modernism, it is worth a visit. As a time, calculate about an hour.
How to get to the Gaudí Exhibition Center
The Gaudí Exhibition Center is located in the Barrio Gótico in Plaça de la Seu, 7, exactly to the left of the Cathedral. The closest metro stop is Jaume I, on line 4, just a few minutes away, or Liceu (line 3), reachable in about 15 minutes on foot. With the Bus Turístic you can get off at the Barrio Gótico stop.
The Center opens from March to October, from 10am to 00pm; November to February, from 20am to 00pm. The center is open every day of the week.
Buy tickets from the official website
The cost for the full ticket is 15 €; for students and over 65s it is € 12, reduced to € 7,50 for under 18s. Children up to 8 years old can enter for free. Holders of the Barcelona Card and the Bus Turístic discount booklet can take advantage of a 20% discount on the admission price. Families can take advantage of special discounts: € 35 for two adults and a minor, and € 45 for two adults and up to three minors, in both cases the virtual reality experience is included.