Centre de Documentació i Museu de les Arts Escèniques (MAE) is an information and documentation specialized in theater, dance, opera, operetta, variety, magic, circus and para-theatrical events.Includes bibliographical and document the most important in Europe, particularly with regard to the Catalan and Spanish Golden Age, and Museum with notable collections (posters and playbills, photographs, puppet theaters, sketches scenic and costume) currently broadcast through temporary exhibitions.

MAE contains the most important collection in Spain concerning the performing arts. We have 70.000 historical books (including 4.000 manuscripts) and 30.000 others books. More than 16.000 sketches and costume designs, and 600 scale models. We also have an interesting Catalan puppet collection consisting of 437 puppets, 1.000 costumes; 5.000 posters; 200.000 photographies with actors, dancers and performances and 100.000 theatre programs.

MAE aims to support teaching and research to students and teachers of the Theater Institute, as well as all researchers and professionals in the performing arts. Our basic activities are: exhibitions, databases, and library services.

Centre de Documentació i Museu de les Arts Escèniques (MAE)

Pl. Margarida Xirgu s/n, 08004 (Barcelona). Planta tercera.
Tel. 93 227 39 00, Ext. 243
Email: mae@institutdelteatre.cat



Contact person

Anna Valls vallspa@institutdelteatre.cat.
Tel: +34 932 273 910


  • Digitalization
  • New trends in  museology
  • Virtual museums
  • Preservation of manuscripts, costumes, theatrical sketches
  • Digital preservation
  • Metadata models