In 2008, the Museu Tèxtil, previously located in the Born, joined the ceramic and decorative arts museums in the Palau Reial de Pedralbes, built in the 1920s and briefly used as a royal palace. The museums are now collectively known as the Disseny Hub Barcelona. The Textile Museum provides a chronological tour of clothing, from its oldest piece, a man's Coptic tunic from a seventh-century tomb, through to Karl Lagerfeld's creations. There are many curiosities – such as an 18th-century bridal gown in black figured silk and the world's largest collection of kidskin gloves, but the real highlight is the fashion collection, from Baroque to 20th-century, one of the finest of its type anywhere.
The Museum of Decorative Arts is informative and fun, and looks at the different styles informing the design of artefacts in Europe since the Middle Ages. A second section is devoted to post-war Catalan design of objects as diverse as urinals and man-sized inflatable pens.
The Ceramics Museum is equally fascinating, showing how 13th-century Moorish ceramic techniques were developed after the Reconquista with the addition of colours (especially blue and yellow) in centres such as Manises, in Valencia, and Barcelona. Upstairs is a section on 20th-century ceramics, with a room devoted to Miró and Picasso.
|Venue name:||Disseny Hub Barcelona-Pedralbes|
Palau Reial de Pedralbes. Av. Diagonal, 686
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.|
|Transport:||Palau Reial (lines: L3)|
|Price:||€5; €3 reductions; free under-16s, first Sun every month; every Sun 3pm-8pm.|