What is Casa Battló?Casa Batlló was built in 1877 as a very normal classical building, similar to others you’ll see on the Passeig de Gràcia. Things got interesting in 1904 when the owners of the house, Josep and Amalia Batlló, decided that they wanted their home to be uniquely creative and shocking and to stand out from the other houses on the street. They hired Antoni Gaudí, one of Barcelona’s most famous and risk-taking architects, and he redesigned their home entirely in his unique artistic style, making use of mosaics, unusual curved lines, and symbolism from religion and nature. The Batlló family lived in the house until 1954, when it briefly became offices before being purchased by the Bernat family in the 1990s, who proceeded to restore it to its former glory.
Who is Antoni Gaudí?Antoni Gaudí was the best-known architect from the school of Catalan Modernism. His structures are unique and colorful, inspired by nature and religion, and play with new materials and building techniques. He died in 1926 after being hit by a tram and before finishing work on Sagrada Família, his most famous building. Casa Batlló is one of seven of his projects in Barcelona which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other key sites to visit if you’re interested in Gaudí include Sagrada Família, Park Güell (including the Gaudí house museum), and Colonia Güell.
What’s a SmartGuide?The SmartGuides are the museum’s innovative way to explore Casa Batlló! They combine an audio guide with augmented reality technology so you can watch the house come to life around you as you explore. A guide is included with every entry ticket.
How long should I plan for my visit?The SmartGuide tour runs for about 45 minutes, so it’s recommended that you plan at least an hour for your visit, though there’s no official time limit and you can go as slowly as you need to in order to enjoy your visit.
Can I take photographs?You can take photographs for private use throughout the building, but visitors are not allowed to use tripods except with special permission from the site. If you book the Gold entry ticket you’ll also get a vintage photo of your group dressed in period clothing.