La Rioja is a region with a large cultural heritage. Much of it revolves around the world of wine, which is why we are a world-renowned region, but La Rioja is also a region with amazing treasures you can discover them through their museums.
1. The Museum of La Rioja in Logroño
The Museum of La Rioja is one of the main museums in the city of Logroño. It is located in the former Espartero PalaceThe building dates back to the 18th century and was the residence of General Espartero, a key politician and military man of the 19th century.
The museum has an extensive collection of art and archaeology which spans from prehistoric to modern times, and is divided into several thematic sections. In the archaeology section, you can find remains from the Roman and medieval timesand objects and tools used by the ancient inhabitants of the region. The fine arts section often hosts travelling exhibitions.
In addition, the museum houses a collection of sacred artwith works by artists from the region and from other parts of Spain. There is also a section dedicated to the ethnography and folk customs of La Rioja, which includes objects related to viticulture, gastronomy and local craftsmanship.
In short, the Museum of La Rioja is an essential place to discover the history, art and culture of La Rioja.It is a must for all those who travel to Logroño.
Admission is free.
2. El Torreón Museum in Haro
The Torreón Museum is located in the city of Haro, and is housed in a building which is a ancient medieval tower from the 13th century duly restored and adapted for use as a museum.
This museum is dedicated to the contemporary art and brings together travelling collections by artists from both La Rioja and outside the region.
This museum houses a treasure at its highest point. A viewpoint with magnificent views The Plaza de la Paz, the Town Hall and the surrounding buildings.
Admission is free.
3. The Enchanted House in Briones
La Casa Encantada de Briones is a stately home located in the village of Briones, one of the most beautiful in Spain. It is an old 17th century manor housewhich has been restored and converted into an ethnographic museum.
Nowadays, the Briones Haunted House displays what life was like in a stately home in La Rioja up to the 20th century. In the museum you can see antique furniture, kitchen utensils, agricultural tools and everyday objects used at the time.
The building also houses the offices of the City Council.
Admission is free.
4. Vivanco Museum in Briones
The Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine is a museum dedicated to the world of wine located in the town of Briones. It is one of the most important museums of its kind in the world, and its objective is to to show the culture and history of wine from a global perspective.
The museum has a extensive collection of art, archaeology, anthropology and science related to the world of wine. The permanent collection is divided into various thematic sections, such as the history of wine, viticulture and oenology, wine culture and religion, and wine-related gastronomy and art.
In addition to the permanent collection, the Vivanco Museum also offers temporary exhibitions, wine tastings and cultural events related to the world of wine.
The Vivanco Museum is a must for those interested in wine culture and oenology.
The museum has received numerous awards and prizes for its contribution to the culture and promotion of wine at international level.
5. Würth Museum in Agoncillo
The Würth Museum in Agoncillo is a museum of contemporary art located in the town of Agoncillo, a few kilometres from Logroño.
The museum has a extensive collection of contemporary artwith works by Spanish and international artists, as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum's permanent collection consists of more than 400 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints. The works range from the 1960s to the present day and are organised in different thematic rooms.
In addition to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, the Würth Museum also has a programme of cultural activitiesIt also offers concerts, lectures and workshops for children and adults. It has a library specialising in contemporary art.
The Würth Museum is an interesting place and recommended to visit for those interested in contemporary art and culture in general.
Admission is free.
6. Paleontological Centres of Enciso and Igea
In La Rioja there are two Palaeontological Centres in the villages of Igea and Enciso. Museums and palaeontological research centres who spread and study about dinosaurs.
These centres are dedicated to study and dissemination of the fossil remains found in the region, dating from the Cretaceous period, approximately 100 million years ago.
They have a important collection of dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric animalsThe museum also has interactive exhibits that allow visitors to learn more about the history of life on Earth and the process of excavating and studying fossils.
These palaeontological centres also carry out research in collaboration with other scientific institutions, which allows them to advancing knowledge of the evolution of living things and geological history in the region and the world.
7. The Cave of the Hundred Pillars Arnedo
The Cave of the Hundred Pillars in Arnedo is currently the town's main tourist attraction as it is of great value. as a Rock Heritage Site.
It is located in the Cerro San Miguel and is believed to have been the location of the old monastery de San Miguel referred to in the will of Sancho Fortún, Lord of Arnedo, in the year 1063.
The guided tour departs from the tourist office of Arnedo and is priced at €7, so it is advisable to book early.
The first cave to visit is the Ethnographic Interpretation Centre of the Life in the Caves where you can discover the history of these curious constructions used as dwellings and for economic purposes where more than 200 families lived until the middle of the 20th century.
You can then access via a spiral staircase to what would have been the old monastery of San Miguel.
Visit 100% recommended. Not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
8. Contrebia Leucada a Celtiberian city in the region of Cercera
Contrebia Leucade is a Celtiberian city from the 3rd century BC, which has survived to the present day in an exceptional state of preservation, being one of the most important sites on the Peninsula.
It is a Celtiberian site of great historical value as, due to its strategic geographic location, it has been used for two thousand years by different cultures.
In Aguilar de Río Alhama is located the Contrebia Leucade Interpretation Centre where the visit begins, taking you into the way of life of its people more than 2,000 years ago in an original, fun and different way.
A 2.5 km from the village of Aguilar is the site where you must travel in your own vehicle to continue the visit in situ.
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