The Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer was founded in 1884 by Víctor Balaguer so as to thank the city for its support during his politician career. Since 2000 the museum is part of the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the library is part of the National Library of Catalonia.
The collection is divided into several subcollections because of Balaguer’s multidisciplinary interest. Although the collection’s thickness was given by Balaguer, the museum has incorporated and enriched his collections through the years with several donations and acquisitions. Nowadays the museum’s artistic found consists of 7.000 different objects where it clearly stresses the painting and sculpture collection of the 19th century.