This majestic mansion, declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest in 1976, has a long history. In 1898, at the height of Catalan Art Nouveau, or Modernism, the industrialist Román Macaya commissioned Josep Puig i Cadafalch to build a stately home for his family residence.
Three years later, the Casa-Palau Macaya became a reality on Passeig de Sant Joan, during a period when the architect was also building the Casa Amatller, and he used to ride from one site to the other on his bike.
In 1914 Casa Macaya changed hands and became the property of another industrialist, Juan Vilella, who, following the Civil War, sold it to Caixa de Pensions, who refurbished it for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Educational Institute run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
Later, in the 1980s, it became the headquarters of the La Caixa Foundation Cultural Centre and the venue for numerous exhibitions until, with the 21st century under way, it housed the Science Museum, when the latter’s building was closed for refurbishment work that saw it turned into today’s CosmoCaixa.
Address: Passeig Sant Joan, 108
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday: 11:00 to 20:00hs; Sunday & holidays: 11:00 to 15:00hs
Metro/Bus: Metro: L4 Verdaguer / Bus: 6, 15, 33, 34, 55
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