The Can Papiol Romantic Museum

BAIXA

Location

Carrer Major, 32 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú
98 893 03 82
museupapiol@vilanova.cat
www.museucanpapiol.cat
The Can Papiol Romantic Museum, situated in the historic centre of Vilanova I la Geltrú, is a house and museum that evokes the daily life of a wealthy 19th century family through the atmosphere of the rooms which are decorated with furniture and ornaments all dating from this era.

The house was the ancestral home of one of the most influential families in Vilanova at this time. Lawyer and landowner Francesc de Papiol i Padró was the architect of the building and, after dying without an heir, the house became the property of the Torrent family.

The rooms of the house are conserved in their original condition, including the furniture and decoration typical of this era. The exterior part of the house is in keeping with the simplistic style of this period of austerity, with a neoclassical style facade and painted architectural elements. The interior, by contrast, stands out due to its lavishness.

The tour takes the visitor round the grandest rooms of the house, including the dance hall, the Master bedrooms, the music room and the dining room. They are also guided through the servant's quarters - which consist of the kitchen, the servant´s bedrooms, the barn and the cellar.

Barcelona City Council acquired the property in 1959 and it was inaugurated as a museum in 1961. Since 2002, the property has been managed by Vilanova council.

Visit

 The Can Papiol Museum is open to visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. The opening hours vary depending on the season.

In the summer (May to October), the opening hours are from Friday to Sunday, in the morning from 11am to 2pm, and then in the evening from 5pm to 7pm. In winter (November to April), the opening hours are from Friday to Saturday from 11am to 2pm in the morning, and then in the evening from 5pm to 7pm. On Sundays, the museum is only open in the morning, from 11am to 2pm. Visitors are always accompanied by a museum guide. Guided tours begin on the hour, every hour, with the last visit starting one hour before the museum closing time.

There is also the option throughout the year of reserving private guided visits for larger groups or schools outside of the usual opening hours.

VISITS AND RESERVATIONS

museupapiol@vilanova.cat/ Tel. (+34) 93 893 03 82

 

 

Francesc de Papiol i de Padró

Francesc de Papiol I de Padró was born in Vilanova i la Geltru on the 10th of May 1750, into one of the most influential and wealthy families in the town at this time.

The schooling of Francesc de Papiol took place at the Pies School of Igualada under the care of his maternal family. Later, when he turned 19, he attended the University of Cervera to study Law and, two years later, went on to attend The University of Huesca where in 1772 he obtained his doctorate in Civil Law. He continued his studies here for a further five years until he obtained his title of Doctor in 1777.

Due to the premature death of his brother Juan, Francesc de Papiol became the heir to his family's fortune. Despite his strong religious beliefs, he accepted taking on responsibility for the family business and its revenues upon the death of his father in 1791.

Once the designated heir of the family, Francesc de Papiol devoted himself to his vocation in Law, to reading and travelling. During this time he also gradually became more interested and involved in the family business and acquired various political responsibilities as a result. Of particular note is his involvement with the Court of Cádiz, who went on to draft the Constitution of 1812.

In September 1813, during the period in which he held the position of Deputy of the Court of Cádiz, Francesc de Papiol moved to Palma de Mallorca, where he continued to reside until the return of King Fernando VII a few short months after. Subsequently, and with increasingly poor health, he moved back to his house on Main Street in Vilanova. Having never got married, he had no children. He continued to live in his house in Vilanova until his death on the 2nd of August 1817.