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Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences - Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales: 40.421893, -3.701706
The Royal Spanish Academy of Moral and Political Sciences - Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas: 40.415145, -3.710217
The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona - Reial Academia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona: 41.384121, 2.170712
Institute for Catalan Studies - Institut d\' Estudis Catalans: 41.381490, 2.168931


In 1764 (250 years ago), a group of educated citizens of Barcelona decided to organize a “Physico-Mathematical Conference” to follow the progress of science and technology. A few Spain_REIAL ACADEMIA de Ciències de Barcelonayears later, the “Conference” was recognized as an Academy by King Charles III. The present site of the Academy of the Sciences and Arts is on Barcelona’s popular central avenue, the Rambles, and was built between 1883 and 1894.

Throughout its life, the Academy has gathered an exceptional selection of ancient instruments and clocks. The Archive and the Library of the Academy have a documentary collection spanning nearly three centuries which is of great historical value.

At present the Academy has a maximum of 75 co-opted members distributed in seven sections. In addition it has some 30 Spanish and 30 foreigner corresponding members.

From its early years, the Academy has been especially active in Astronomy. In 1902 the Academy decided to construct the Fabra Observatory which has run without interruption since its inauguration in 1904. Its three sections, Astronomy, Meteorology and Seismology, have been active without interruption. Recently, in order to avoid the luminosity of the city of Barcelona the Academy has installed a new robotic telescope in the Pre-Pyrenees. The Academy divulges Science, mainly Astronomy, through different activities in the Fabra Observatory.

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La Rambla, 115
08002 Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 317 05 36
Fax: +34 93 301 16 56


Institut d’Estudis Catalans
Carrer del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Phone: +34 932 701 620
Fax: +34 932 701 180


Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Politicas
Plaza de la Villa 2-3
28005 Madrid

Phone: +34 91 5481330
Fax: +34 91 5481975


Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales
Calle Valverde 22
28004 Madrid

Phone: +34  917 014 230 / 231
Fax: +34 917 014 232 / 233