TOP 5: Essential museums and galleries in Sitges.

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The cultural tourist is demanding, and looks for treasures beyond comfort or gastronomy in the places he visits. If you are somebody who feed the spirit with beauty and architectural heritage and like to get to know a region through its art, Sitges has a lot to offer.

In Dolce Sitges we recommend you start your cultural route in the beautiful streets of the historic centre. When you walk through them, you’ll find buildings of great beauty that could well provoke Stendhal’s Syndrome, so always have your camera at hand. Did you know that the modernist, neoclassical, ecclectic, art noveau and gothic styles coexist in Sitges?

Once you’ve seen the outside, you’ll be ready to enter the cultural heart of Sitges: its museums. Despite being a relatively small coastal town, Sitges is home to artists, galleries and museums of all sizes. Ready to see the top five?

 

Museum of Maricel
Calle Fonollar s/n, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Museo Maricel

The Maricel Museum is centrally and perfect to visit during a walk through the historic district. It is located right on the sea front, so from its interior you will have spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the most important art museums in Sitges, integrated into the Network of Local Museums of the Barcelona Council.

Maricel’s artistic and architectural ensemble is art noveau, built for Charles Deering between 1910 and 1918. It became a museum in 1970 to host collections of art and antiques, and incorporated new works in the mid-nineties.

Its three floors display works from the 10th to the 19th century: furniture, ceramics, sculptures, landscape paintings from the Luminist school of Sitges or modernist drawings. An entire historical journey through art, of which we must highlight the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition, if that were not enough, in the museum you will see works by the masters Santiago Rusiñol, Ramón Casas, Pablo Gargallo or Josep Llimona – a highly recommended museum!

You’ll be surprised
Its views of the Mediterranean Sea very unusual in a museum.

As a curiosity
On the first floor of this building, in the current exhibition of 17th and 19th century furniture, was the room of Charles Deering.

Virtual tour
You can take a virtual tour through Google Arts & Culture.

 

The Palau Maricel
Calle Fonollar s/n, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Palau Maricel

The Palau Maricel is probably the most iconic building in Sitges, both inside and out. It is an imposing modernist palace, imposing, which can only be described as a work of art. It is part of the Inventory of Architectural Heritage of Catalonia, and you must write it down as a compulsory visit in your diary.
This palace is also part of the artistic and architectural ensemble of Maricel, but it should not be confused with the Maricel Museum, located just in front of it.

The palace was built by engineer and artist Miquel Utrillo between 1913 and 1918, commissioned by Charles Deering. Utrillo hired the best craftsmen in wood, ironwork and stone, most of them from Sitges, to build the details of the palace. As for the interior, the spaces to visit are the halls -the Saló d’Or, the Saló Blau, the Sala Capella and the Sala Vaixells- the cloister and its terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Each room has a handcrafted decoration with character typical of the modernist movement.

As a curiosity, if you have the opportunity to visit its roof you will be aware of why it is called in Catalan “Maricel”, sea and sky in English. Take a look at one of the round windows and you will discover it as you see part of the sea and part of the sky…

The Palau de Maricel is currently the venue for cultural and institutional events or hosts private events for companies and individuals.

You’ll be surprised
Its modernist handcrafted decoration. Spectacular!

As a curiosity
To differentiate them, the Palau de Maricel is known as Maricel de Terra and the Museum of Maricel as Maricel de Mar.

Virtual tour
You can take a virtual tour through Google Arts & Culture.

 

Cau Ferrat Museum
Calle Fonollar 6, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Cau Ferrat

The Cau Ferrat Museum was the house-workshop of the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol, transformed into a museum in 1933. The creative and bohemian spirit of the artist is breathed in each room of a building that in its day  was a true temple of modernism.

Like the Maricel Museum and the Palau Maricel, the Cau Ferrat Museum is located in the old town of Sitges near the famous Sant Sebastià beach. This impressive building has been declared a work of Cultural Heritage of National Interest and integrated into the Network of Local Museums of the Diputació de Barcelona.

Today the museum houses the private collection of Rusiñol collected over the years: painting, sculpture, ceramics, wrought iron, glass and furniture of the time. But that’s not all, the Cau Ferrat Museum also exhibits works by Ramón Casas, Pablo Picasso, Ramón Pichot, Arcadi Mas i Fontdevila, Ignacio Zuloaga, Pablo Gargallo and Rusiñol himself, among many others.

You’ll be surprised
The interior details: windows, tiles, ceiling, wood… Everything is pure modernism.

As a curiosity
Santiago Rusiñol bequeathed in his testament the Cau Ferrat to Sitges for his great affection for the town.

Virtual tour
You can take a virtual tour through Google Arts & Culture.

 

Stämpfli Foundation
Plaza del Ayuntamiento 13, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Stampfli

A few metres from the Town Hall you can visit the old fish market in Sitges, now a centre of contemporary art: the Stämpfli Foundation.

The Peter and Anna Stämpfli couple created the foundation in 2006 to provide Sitges with a contemporary art centre with international artists… And they did it! This is currently one of the most relevant contemporary collections in Catalonia, where works by 60 artists of 22 different nationalities are exhibited. You can’t miss it.

You’ll be surprised
Its temporary exhibitions which you can easily consult on its website.

As a curiosity
All the works that form part of the collection have been gifted by the artists, their descendants or gallery owners.

Virtual tour
You can make a virtual visit through Catalonia Visit Museum.

 

Out of Africa Gallery
Calle Mayor 7 – Esquina Calle Nou, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona

Out of Africa

If, in addition to seeing art, you are thinking of buying, we recommend the Out of Africa contemporary and tribal art gallery. It exhibits collections of painting, photography, sculpture and recycled objects by African artists, both established and emerging, and contemporary creators inspired by Africa.

This space is part of the Gremio de Galerías de Arte Contemporáneo de Cataluña, and its originality and quality impress everybody.

You’ll be surprised
The freedom of expression and the originality of his works.

As a curiosity
The first Out of Africa gallery opened in the Aragonese Pyrenees, in Benasque, but the place became too small and eventually moved to Sitges.

Virtual tour
You can find out about his exhibitions and works through its website.