Most architectural fans visiting Barcelona will want to see the relevant Gaudí sites (La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, and Park Güell). However, if you’re limited on time and funds, you may want to consider visiting the Gaudí Exhibition Center. Though not a replacement for these amazing master works, it does provide a good collective sampling of his designs.
The Center’s collection consists of drawings, original documents, and scale models, as well as objects and themes that greatly influenced Gaudí’s work. Some of what you’ll see includes:
models of the Crypt at Còlonia Güell,
a steeple pinnacle from La Sagrada Familia,
and catenary arches;
a rosette window from the Crypt of La Sagrada Familia;
liturgical benches from the Crypt at Colonia Güell;
a giant mosaic dragon (known as El Drac);
and a relief of the Virgin of Montserrat.
Additional items on display include tools of his trade and other objects, such as:
color pencils and drafting tools,
a 35 mm projector,
and an Edison GEM phonograph.