Things to do in Barcelona – Visit the Gaudí House Museum

Barcelona icon rating icon 4

For an intimate look at the life and works of architect and designer Antoni Gaudí, without paying the price of admission and battling the crowds at the more popular Park Güell, consider visiting the Gaudí House Museum. Situated in the free access area of Park Güell (just outside of the Gaudí Monumental Zone), this early 20th century home has been open to the public since 1963 and houses an interesting collection of items designed and/or owned by Gaudí.

The house, designed by architect Francesc Berenguer as a model home for the Park Güell residential estate, served as Gaudí’s residence for nearly 20 years. It was here that he designed some of his most famous works, such as La Padrera (also known as Casa Milà) and, the as yet unfinished, La Sagrada Família.

Exterior Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

The exterior of this striking pink-stuccoed castle-like structure is adorned with flourishing sgraffito reliefs framing elongated windows, and an elegant wrought-iron balcony projecting from a corner tower topped by a trencadís-covered spire.

Entryway with Stairs Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

Interior features include a main staircase with a graceful wooden banister;

Stairway Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

pink and green marble walls in the stairway;

 Ceiling Medallion Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

decorative ceilings with floral medallions;

Ceiling Medallion and Iron Light Fixture Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

ornate iron and colored glass light fixtures;

Displayed throughout the house are furnishings and other items designed by Gaudí, such as:

Curved Chairs Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

curvaceous furniture from Casa Batlló,

Scallop Bench Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

a bench with scallop detail from the Crypt of Colonia Güell,

Fiddle Leaf Chairs Gaudi House Museum Barcelona SpainFiddle Leaf Chairs Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

and fiddle-leaf-backed chairs from Casa Calvet (notice the mirror beneath the settee allowing for a view of the detail on the underside of the seat),

Honeycomb Peep Hole Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

and brass hardware including doorhandles and a honeycomb inspired peephole.

The upper floor is devoted to Gaudí’s personal life.  Some of what you’ll see here includes:

Bedroom Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

Gaudí’s bedroom furnished with a simple bed, wooden chifforobe, and prie-deu (prayer stool).

Bathroom Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

The white-tiled private bathroom features a double vanity and indoor toilet with a unique wooden seat.

 Prayer Room Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

A prayer room furnished with several pieces, some of which are reproductions, taken from the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia, including: a wooden Bishop’s chair (reproduction), a prie-deu covered in red fabric (reproduction), and on the altar, two wrought-iron candlesticks (ca. 1890).

Additional artwork in the museum includes:

Portrait of Eusebi Guell by Jul i Moises Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

Portrait of Eusebi Güell – Jul i Moisès, 1913, and

Bust of Gaudi by Joan Matamala Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

a bust of Antoni Gaudí – Joan Matamala, 1990

Arched Trellis and Pathway Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

The grounds, which offer partial views of Park Güell from the arched-trellis-covered pathway, are dotted with sculptural works (some of which are reproductions).  Among these are:

Gate from Casa Vicens Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain Gate from Casa Mila Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

the iron grilles from Casa Vicens and from Casa Mila (ca. 1910),

Pedestrian Gate Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

pedestrian gate from Casa Mila,

Cross from Miralles Estate Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

the iron cross from the Miralles estate,

Cosmos from Sagrada Familia Gaudi House Museum Barcelona Spain

and a reproduction of Cosmos from La Sagrada Familia.

Getting there:

The Gaudí House Museum is located at Carretera del Carmel, 23A, in the free access area of Park Güell.

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission = 5.50€

Combo ticket (Gaudí House Museum + Sagrada Familia) = 24.00€

Barcelona icon Barcelona icon Other destination icon

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
The Gaudí House Museum
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray

One Trackback

  1. By Things to do in Barcelona - Visit the Gaud&iacu... 27 Feb ’17 at 6:38 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are marked:*

*

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.