Museum of the Sedó Colony in Esparreguera

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The Sedó Colony stands out from other cotton industry colonies for its size and use of a hydraulic system which made the best possible use of hydraulic power. The visit includes an audiovisual display of the model of the colony as well as a chance to go inside the waterpipe of the turbine.

The visit

Today in the turbine hall you can see the model of the colony, explaining its history through a light and sound montage, as well as the turbine where 3D audiovisuals are projected in the waterpipe.

The visit finishes off with an explanation of the energy system which includes the space below the first turbine. On a walk around the colony you can also visit el waterfall at Broquetes, the aqueduct, the home of the Sedó family, the church, the workers’ houses, the theatre, the school and the smokestacks. All these features give a clear picture of social life and production in an industrial colony.


The Sedó Colony was founded in 1846 by Miquel Puig i Catasús. In the second half of the nineteenth century, construction began on workers’ housing and on the expansion of the factory. Under Antoni Sedó i Pàmies, who took over from the son of Miquel Puig i Catasús, this industrial colony completed its expansion and educational process, taking on his name.

After the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) the workers’ colony reached its greatest growth to become one of the largest and most important companies in Catalan economic history. However, this coincided with the first signs of the economic crisis which increased from the early 1970s leading to the closure of the factory in 1980.

The nucleus of the Museum is now found in one of the former industrial spaces of the factory.


By appointment, Monday to Friday, on telephone no. 93 789 22 44.


Carrer Contínues, s/n, 08292 Esparreguera, Barcelona


937 89 22 44