Barcelona’s cultural leisure does not go on holiday. In August, despite the fact that many of its inhabitants escape to other coastal enclaves or more distant parts of the world, there is still a lot to do, to get to know and to live in Barcelona.
From Casa Museu Amatller we want to remind you what to visit in August in Barcelona. To begin with, the modernist house that the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch built for the industrial chocolate maker Antoni Amatller is still open to everyone.
In this article you will find 31 proposals, most of them related to the love we profess for art and heritage at Casa Museu Amatller. You have a different activity for each day of the month!

  1. The Modernist Nights at Casa Museu Amatller. Every Thursday you can travel to the bourgeois domestic life of 1900. In a great theatrical visit you will discover an authentic modernist house at the hands of its owner, Teresa Amatller.
  2. The Palau Macaya. On Mondays this palace designed by Puig i Cadafalch is visited by the hand of Cases Singulars. Get to know this building built at the same time as the Casa Museu Amatller!
  3. Noches con Ritmo de Casa de les Punxes. Every Friday the terrace of this monumental building in Puig i Cadafalch is filled with music.
  4. The works of Jujol in the Palau Güell. The amazing palace created by Antoni Gaudí in the heart of Raval between 1886 and 1890 is completed with a magnificent exhibition. “Jujol, architecture of colour” presents original objects designed by the architect Josep Maria Jujol, which helps us to understand the quality of the modernist work of this creator.
  5. Magic Nights in Casa Batlló. He climbs the Antoni Gaudí building every night to enjoy a concert of music of various genres after visiting the construction that has reopened its façade after the restoration.
  6. Palau de la Música Catalana. The only modernist concert hall in the world, designed by Domènech i Montaner, continues with its schedule of visits and its programme of events.
  7. Picasso Museum. If the museum’s collection is unbelievable, the two temporary exhibitions somehow connect with Casa Amatller: one is dedicated to photography, one of Antoni Amatller’s hobbies; the other to the family, an essential root for building the legacy of the Amatller family.
  8. Chocolate in Casa Museu Amatller. No one is bitter about a sweet, even when the temperature is high. Each visit to the modernism of our house ends with a cup of chocolate.
  9. Maritime Museum. Culture is also close to the sea, with the history of the great ships, perfectly replicated within the old shipyards, and maritime trade around the world.
  10. Museu Del Disseny. This spectacular building houses a collection of design from various periods. Did you know that you can find objects from the modernist period or dresses that could have been by Teresa Amatller?
  11. CCCB with “Feminismes! In the Casa Amatller there was an independent woman like Teresa Amatller, who was in charge of the family business and the patrimony of her house for 50 years. At the CCCB the works in the exhibition Feminismes! vindicate the role of the artists of the 1970s and today.
  12. Tàpies Foundation. Another modernist building near Casa Museu Amatller. In this case, Lluís Domènech i Montaner built an industrial building for the Montaner publishing house between 1880 and 1882, which today houses the Tàpies Foundation.
  13. Espai Bombers: Do you know how fires were extinguished in Barcelona at the time when Casa Amatller was built? In the Espai Bombers you will find Barcelona’s first fire engines.
  14. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. On Montjuïc there is a wonderful collection of modernist art, with authentic pieces from Casa Amatller designed by Puig i Cadafalch and executed by leading artists and craftsmen.
  15. Museu Marés. Here is another artistic collection put together by a man, in this case the sculptor Frederic Marés. There are also spaces in which objects from life around 1900 are displayed, such as historical toys.
  16. Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Would you like to see in a wonderful exhibition what the streets on which Via Laietana was projected were like? Puig i Cadafalch worked in the conservation of the heritage of this avenue that opened the Ciutat Vella.
  17. MHUBA. The Museu de Historia de Barcelona has different venues where you can learn about the history of Barcelona, from its origins to the present day.
  18. Cosmocaixa. It is an old asylum for the blind, a modernist work by the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà. Here there are exhibitions that explain the fundamentals of science and there is even the recreation of a tropical forest.
  19. Caixaforum. In the old Casaramona factory, designed by Puig i Cadafalch in modernist language, you can attend some of the best exhibitions in Barcelona. Many pieces come from such emblematic institutions as the British Museum.
  20. Liceu. Classical music doesn’t stop in the summer. And what better way than to listen to it in the lyrical centre preferred by the bourgeoisie that represented Antoni Amatller?
  21. Mapfre Foundation. Casa Garriga Nogués is another of Barcelona’s modernist jewels with details as impressive as its monumental staircase or its spectacular stained glass window. In August he continues with his photography exhibition dedicated to Richard Learoyd.
  22. Egyptian Museum. Antoni Amatller and his daughter Teresa got to know Egyptian civilisation on an extraordinary journey to the land of the Pharaohs. If you want to know the secrets of this ancient town, there is an Egyptian Museum in Barcelona.
  23. Park Güell. This well-known space was conceived as an urbanization surrounded by green areas. However, only two houses were built. The imaginative complex designed by Antoni Gaudí represents a perfect union between architecture and nature.
  24. Sant Pau Hospital. In the modernist era, even the hospitals of Barcelona were dressed in this style! The Hospital de Sant Pau is the largest modernist complex in the world and was designed by Domènech i Montaner.
  25. Casa Vicens. Gaudí’s first work is situated in the heart of Gracia. If you go to the popular fiestas of the neighbourhood, remember to visit this impressive house full of colour!
  26. Modernist flavours. La Fonda España is one of Barcelona’s historic hoteliers. There are still some rooms designed by Domènech i Montaner, with the painting of Ramón Casas. They also have a modernist menu that recreates the flavours of this period, designed by Martín Berasategui.
  27. The art galleries. If you want to start a collection like Antoni Amatller’s, or just want to admire the art exhibited in Barcelona’s galleries, in August many of these venues are still open.
  28. MAC, Archaeological Museum of Barcelona. One of the temporary exhibitions in this museum deals with the protection of Catalonia’s heritage during the Civil War (1936-39). The founder of the Institut Amatller d’Art Hispànic, Josep Gudiol, was involved in this task of defending Catalan art and architecture during the conflict.
  29. Museu Autómatas of Tibidabo. The fun of Tibidabo Park is complemented by a unique museum. The Museu de los Autómatas houses many of these objects that served to entertain the people of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  30. Museum of Modernism. Modernism has its own museum in Barcelona. Here you will discover a large selection of works by the best artists of Catalan modernism, both in painting and sculpture as well as in decorative objects.
  31. Museu de la Xocolata. You will know that Casa Museu Amatller is linked to the Chocolates company Amatller. And that each visit to the monument ends with a delicious cup of chocolate. To complete the history of cocoa and cocoa products, there is the Museu de la Xocolata (Xocolata Museum) in Barcelona.

What will be your plan in Barcelona during the month of August?