Gijón boasts the largest network of municipal museums in the region, with a wide ranging cultural offer for all types of public, in addition to other museums and galleries owned by the regional government or private organizations. An offer that will delight culture lovers in search of new ‘finds’, just as it will pleasantly surprise those simply stepping in by chance to get out the rain (which, by the way, in Spain does not fall ‘mainly on the plain’).
Fine art enthusiasts must not miss out on a visit to the Nicanor Piñole Museum or the Jovellanos Birthplace Museum, while lovers of contemporary and avant-garde art should check out the Revillagigedo Palace Cultural Centre and the LABoral Art and Industrial Design Centre. Another two monographic museums worth a visit are the Barjola Museum, which always has interesting temporary exhibitions by up-and-coming artist, often in the form of installations, and the Evaristo Valle Foundation Museum, set in its own estate in Somió.
The offer for those with an interest in the distant past includes the Campa Torres Archaeological and Nature Park, where the Pre-Roman origins of the city have been unearthed, the Campo Valdés Roman Baths, right on the seafront opposite the town hall, and the Roman Villa of Veranes, a 4th-century AD pars urbana set on a hillside just outside the city.
Two other museums which are a must visit for lovers of the not-so-distant past are the Pueblu d’Asturias Folk Museum, with its recreations of life in Asturias bygone days and a fantastic collection of bagpipes which boasts its own museum within the grounds, and the Railway Museum of Asturias, conserving and displaying the railway heritage of the region in all its different aspects, including a fine collection of steam locomotives, many of which were used in the coal and iron mines in Asturias.
So, as you can see, come rain or shine, culture lovers will always have something new to unearth or discover to their delight in Gijón.
Come discover for yourself Gijón’s Museums Galore!