Museums for a Rainy Weekend

Well, we were going to suggest an outdoor adventure destination for this weekend, but given the rainy forecast we thought it better to recommend some indoor entertainment.

In Vilanova i la Geltru, a ten-minute drive from Sitges or a 5-minute train ride, there are two museums that are great rainy day options for kids.

museu-del-ferrocarrilThe Catalonia Railway Museum, located just in front of the train station, is a fantastic place to explore the world of trains. Historic engines and carriages from Spain and elsewhere can be found there, as well as “activities for families, audiovisuals, exhibitions, fun areas for kids, a shop, a library… As well as offering the chance to explore the more than fifty-two vehicles on display, including a collection of some twenty-eight steam locomotives, the biggest in Europe, and to discover what travelling was like from the second half of the 19th through to the 20th century.”Catalonia-Railway-Museum

Vilanova

Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer de Vilanova i la Geltrú

Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer de Vilanova i la Geltrú

Nearby, also in front of the Vilanova train station, is the Biblioteca Museu Victor Balaguer. Victor Balaguer was one of the most important Catalan politicians, writers, and thinkers of the 19th Century, and the biblioteca was designed and built specifically to be a museum. It houses a fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture, and archaeological and ethnographic exhibitions from such far-flung places as Japan and Egypt. The kids will love the mummies and the armor. Biblioteca_Museu_Víctor_Balaguer_(pinacoteca)

Entry to both museums is very affordable, and their location more or less next to each other and right at the Vilanova train station make them extremely accessible. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours in the Railway Museum, and perhaps an hour or so at the Museu Balaguer. Follow up a visit to the museums with lunch or dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants in Vilanova, and you’ve got a great day out!

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