The Terrassa Museum explains the evolution of the territory and the human occupation of Terrassa
and its region, from its origins to modern times, using a collection of more than 26,000 objects.
One of their peculiarities is that not everything is concentrated in a single building. To see the art, archaeological collections and decorative art, you need to visit six historic places in the city.
First stop: the medieval castle of Castell Cartoixa de Vallparadís, turned into a museum in 1959, which hosts the permanent exhibit of the Terrassa Museum. This starts by explaining the natural environment, prehistoric times and the ancient world.
You can see a shell bracelet from the late Neolithic era (Cova del Frare), a Roman signaculum
(Can Colomer) or a reconstruction of a burial on tegulae
. This is precisely how the lead sarcophagus from between the 2nd and 4th centuries was found in Ca n’Anglada, which is also part of the exhibit.
Then you can discover Medieval Terrassa
with some original objects such as the Romanesque carving of the Virgin Mary from Sant Cugat. The last room explains everything about rural life and the Industrial Revolution
in the contemporary city. You can even go into a post-civil war home!
The extensions of the Terrassa Museum bring visitors to the Palace Tower and Cultural Centre of the Medieval Village of Terrassa
(12th century), the Cloister of the Convent of Saint Francis
(17th century), the Casa Alegre de Sagrera
(19th century, but reconverted into a bourgeoisie home during the modernist period) and also the Seu d’Ègara
, the most exceptional heritage element of Terrassa.