A journey through the world of trains from its origins to the present day. The museum, located in the original railway depot in Vilanova, offers the largest collection of steam trains in Europe as well as a wide range of activities for everyone.
The Catalonia Railway Museum proposes a historical visit to the universe of trains: a world of technology and precision, but also of experiences and emotions. The fact is that since their invention trains have inspired the admiration and passion of grown-ups and children alike.
The former railway depot in Vilanova i la Geltrú hosts the best collection of steam trains in Europe, many electric and diesel passenger trains, including the whole Centenary Train – a replica of the first train which travelled around the Iberian Peninsula in 1848- or the first Talgo.
What was once an important depot for steam engines in Catalonia first became an exhibition space in 1972, when members of the Barcelona Friends of the Railways Association brought steam trains from all over the peninsula to railway facilities that had been out of use since 1967. Nine years later, the Generalitat de Catalunya, Renfe and the Town Council of Vilanova i la Geltrú collaborated to ensure that the over 13,000 m2 of railway facilities and historic vehicles would become a cultural asset.
The space opened its doors in 1990 with a plenty of good intentions but no global intervention plan, structure or funds. In 1993, Renfe put its cultural foundation in charge of its operation, assessed by the MNACTEC in matters relating to museums and to the integration in the MNACTEC Territorial System.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm
Saturdays from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm (until 6.30 pm in winter)
Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.
Summer opening hours (18 July to 31 August)
Open every day from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm
Also open Mondays and public holidays.
Plaça Eduard Maristany, s/n 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú