Cultural institutions in Spain

These are public centres which offer a variety of different resources, materials, services for the study of Spanish literatures and cultures. What we include here, is, of course, not an exhaustive summary but a list of relevant examples.

Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España
The centre is dedicated to the promotion and development of the arts and sciences relating to Spanish cinema. It supports research and publishes four different journals and magazines.

Casa de Velázquez
This centre is a French school in Madrid dependent on the French Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Research. It promotes and organizes creative and research activities related to art, languages, literature and Spanish and Iberian civilization. It also brings together artists and researchers interested in the development of artistic and scientific exchanges between France and the Iberian countries. It has a library holding 80,000 texts.

Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya
Located in Barcelona, this centre is dedicated to the research, production and promotion of new directors, script-writers, actors and technicians of cinema. It holds a video library and texts related to the study of cinematography.

Centro Andaluz de Flamenco
The centre, located in Jérez, Cádiz, is dedicated to the study and promotion of the art of Flamenco. It holds a library with documents, journals, books, magazines and prints dedicated to Flamenco. It also holds a video and audio library. 

Centro de Documentación Musical de Andalucía
The centre is dedicated to research on the music of Andalusia, its historical heritage, links and influences with and from other world music.

Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
The centre, located in Santiago de Compostela, exhibits and promotes Galician Contemporary Art. It has its own collections and organizes courses and conferences at various levels.

Centro Galego Artes da Imaxe
The centre is specifically dedicated to Galician visual culture. It collects and promotes research in all areas related to images, such as audiovisual and photographic material of Galician art.

Centro Multimedia de Galicia
The centre is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of multimedia services in the area of telecommunications in Galicia. It has a particularly useful network of Public libraries in Galicia. It features different catalogues, including bibliographic material, cartography, books in Galician and a digital catalogue of the Antigua Galician press. It also holds documents and collections of digital images.

Círculo de Bellas Artes
This private, charitable art institution is one of the most important of its kind in Europe. Its iconic art-deco building in central Madrid houses exhibitions, film cycles and other cultural events. 

CSIC: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas 
This is an autonomus multisectorial, multi-disciplinary public research body affiliated to the Ministry of Science and Technology. The CSIC has three features: it is multi-disciplinary, undertaking work in all branches of knowledge, its activities are very wide-ranging and encompass from basic research to technological development. It has a nation-wide presence, with centres or units in practically every Autonomous Region.

  • Instituto de Filosofía - CSIC
    This is dedicated to the promotion, study and research in various areas of philosophy such as theories of rationality, the historical project of modernity, language and diversity. It offers a library with specialized texts in these areas and links to its parent organization, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

Emakunde - Instituto Vasco de la Mujer
The Basque Women's Institute is located in Vitoria and dedicated to working for the equality of women in all areas of political, economic, cultural and social life in the Basque Country. It organizes conferences, seminars and training courses for women in areas such as health, employment and legal issues. Its library is dedicated to specialized documents and audiovisual material related to gender studies.

Fundació Gala-Savador Dalí
The foundation was established by Salvador Dalí himself to preserve and promote artistic, cultural, personal material and paraphernalia and the intellectual work of the artist. It also promotes research on the artist and provides bibliographical materials, as well as manuscripts, letters, photographs and films about Dalí's contribution to the Fine Arts, culture and contemporary thought.

Fundació Joan Miró
This foundation is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Joan Miró's artistic work. It has a collection of his work and that of other contemporary artists. It has a library specializing in the study of contemporary art.

Fundación Ortega y Gasset
This is dedicated to the promotion of debates and research in the areas of the social sciences and humanities. Its library holds José Ortega y Gasset's personal library. It also specializes in journals and audio materials and holds books in areas such as linguistics, contemporary history, Latin America, industrial relations.

Institut Català de les Dones
Its library is dedicated to specialized documents and audiovisual material related to the equality of women in Catalonia.

Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico
The institute is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Andalusian historical heritage through scientific studies, documents and research and the development of applied sciences and techniques. It has a centre of documentation and library, database and CD-ROMs.

Instituto Cervantes - Madrid
This is a cultural centre promoting Spanish culture and language. It offers courses in Spanish, teacher training and a library with texts in Catalan, Galician and Basque.

Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales
This is dedicated to financially supporting production and distribution within the cinema industry in Spain. It helps with the recuperation and restoration of film material through the Filmoteca Española, which holds audiovisual material and contains a graphic art archive and a specialized library.

Instituto de España
Its objective is to support the eight Spanish Royal academies dedicated to history, the arts, natural, exact and political sciences, the law and medicine.  It has a library with 5,000 texts and holds all journals published by the eight institutions.

Instituto de la Mujer - Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales
This institute is dedicated to promoting the social equality of women and the participation of women in culture, politics, economy and social life. It holds documents, videos and manuals about women's emancipation in Spain.

Instituto Navarro de la Mujer
The institute, located in Pamplona, offers legal, social and employment advice to women. It also has a centre for documentation related to women.

Museo de América
The Museo de América houses specimens from American prehistory to recent days, especially on pre-Colombian archaeology, ethnography and colonial art. It has special collections of American archaeology and ethnography and a library specializing in these subjects.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional
This is the most important museum of Spanish archaeology. The specimen collection dates from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Special collections from Egypt and Greece are also held here. It has a library with holdings specializing in scientific publications on art, history, archaeology and museology and regularly holds temporary exhibitions.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León - MUSAC
This museum's collection features works from 1989 up to the present day. Its collection comprises 1,500 pieces by nearly 400 artists.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
The permanent collection has seventy seven pictures and seven sculptures from different schools from the 14th to the 20th century. It has recently acquired the triptych Las tres Gracias (1959) by Antonio Saura.

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo - Badajoz
This museum has a permanent collection of the arts from Extremadura and the graphic art-work of Picasso. There is also a library with monographs, journals and publications specializing in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American contemporary art.

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
This museum has a library specializing in art of the 20th century.

Museo Nacional de Antropología
This is the most important museum of anthropology in Spain. It has a specialized library.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
This houses a permanent collection of Spanish artists of the 20th century. Other international artists are also featured, particularly those whose art is related to Spain. It has a library and a centre of documentation.

Museo Nacional de Escultura
The works preserved in the Museum date from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, revealing, through their chronological sequence, what each period represented in the evolution of the artistic genres as a reflection of the society in which they were created. The original core of the collections stems from the convents in Valladolid and its surrounding area.

Museo do Pobo Galego
Founded in 1976, it preserves and investigates the material and spiritual culture of the Galicia region.

Museo Nacional del Prado
Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also has important collections of drawings (more than 5,000), prints (2,000), coins and medals (around 1,000). Sculpture is represented by more than 700 works, but the picture collection, so rich both in terms of size (8,600 paintings) and quality, has eclipsed the other areas.

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
This is one of the most important formerly private collections of painting in the country.

Museo d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
This museum houses a comprehensive collection of Spanish, Catalonian and European modern and contemporary art.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
This museum maintains a permanent collection of Romanesque art, Catalunyan Gothic art, European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Modernisme, Noucentisme and Avant-Garde. It also houses temporary exhibitions of paintings, coins, sculpture and photography.

Museu Picasso, Barcelona
The museum has the most important and exhaustive collection of the works of Pablo Picasso's youth, in particular those he produced between 1895 and 1904, the years in which the young artist lived in Barcelona. Also noteworthy is the very important collection of work done in 1917 and the magnificent paintings of 1957. Finally, the museum possesses a very wide representation of engravings and lithographs along with a set of forty-two pieces of ceramics.

Real Academia de Bellas Artes San Carlos - Valencia
This owns an extremely important collection of paintings, sculptures and archeological pieces, including works by Velázquez, Ribalta, El Greco, Tuset, de la Huerta and Lozano. It also preserves the most important non-Italian collection of Piranesi's engravings.

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando - Madrid
This academy, originally established by royal decree in 1744, currently operates as an educational establishment, a museum and gallery and an archive. 

 Real Academia Española
This academy was founded in 1713 in order to normalize the Castilian language. Nowadays its role is to maintain standards of the Castilian language.

Real Academia de la Historia
Founded in 1738, this institution owns an important collection of manuscripts and codices.