ROIG TOQUÉS MUSEUM OF SEAFARING CURIOSITIES

This museum reproduces the old Museu de Curiositats Marineres Roig Toqués (Roig Toqués Seafaring Curiosities Museum), which was created by Francesc Roig Toqués (1921-2008) in his family home, Mas Carolina, thanks to his passion for the sea.

The museum was open to the public for more than sixty years, and it was always Roig Toqués himself who explained the history of each curious object in his collection to the museum visitors.

It was also Roig Toqués who trained the Carpa Juanita. A small carp fish that he taught to drink from a porró (a drinking vessel with a long spout, very popular in Catalan culture) and to eat from a spoon. It soon became internationally famous for its skills. The television and press from various countries covered this phenomenon and all the visitors sent the fish postcards.

Today’s museum pays tribute to Carpa Juanita with an audio-visual display based on original films where Roig Toqués himself explains the story. It also includes an exhibition of documents from that time.

The curiosities collection on display maintains the style of the original museum, with showcases full of objects, such as desiccated fish, fossils, molluscs, the tools of the ship’s carpenter, ship figureheads, maritime navigation instruments, naval models, a collection of jars of sand from all over the world, etc

Museu de les curiositats marines Vilanova i la GeltrúMuseu de les curiositats marines Vilanova i la Geltrú
Museu de les curiositats marines Vilanova i la Geltrú
Museu de les curiositats marines Vilanova i la Geltrú