La Casa dels Entremesos – The Giants Museum

No Catalan festival would be complete without a procession of dancing giants. The papier mâché giants date back to the 14th century when they first appeared in Corpus Christi celebrations. Over the years they have been joined by “Capgrossos” (big heads), dragons and other animals. All of which can be seen dancing and whirling their way along the streets of Barcelona during the city’s local festivals.

Giants in the Casa dels Entremesos

Giants in the Casa dels Entremesos

When they aren’t taking part in processions, about 50 of the giants are exhibited in the “Casa dels Entremesos”. The building is the headquarters of the “Coordinador de Geganters de Barcelona” (Barcelona’s “gianters” co-ordinator) which promotes Catalan traditions. As well as giants there is also a collection of puppets which are used in puppet shows that take place at midday on the second Saturday of each month.

Some traditional paper mâché nimals on display

Dragons, bulls, donkeys, eagles and a kind of crazy chicken are among the animals.

A line of giants on display

There are normally around 50 giants on display

One of the "Big Heads" at the Casa dels Entremesos, Barcelona

One of the “Big Heads” at the Casa dels Entremesos

The giants can also be seen taking part in festivals including: Corpus Christi, La Merce, Santa Eulalia and many other smaller festivals. You can pick up a calendar of events when you visit the “Casa dels Entremesos” or check their website.

A Giant Fisherman at the Casa del Entremesos, Barcelona

A Giant Fisherman at the Casa del Entremesos, Barcelona

A puppet playing an acordian

One of the puppets

Location:

Pl. de les Beates 2, Barcelona

How to get there:

The nearest metro station is Urquinaona on the Red (L1) and Yellow lines (L4). The Casa dels Entremesos is approximately half way between the Cathedral and Santa Caterina market.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:00
Sunday 11:00 – 14:00

Entrance fee:

FREE (or give a donation)
Puppet Show €3

Information in English?

Yes – labels and information boards in English

Other attractions nearby:

Barcelona Cathedral
The Palau de La Musica
Barcelona Motorbike Museum
Santa Caterina Market
MUHBA Plaça del Rei

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