Ethnological Museum of Montseny | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
Ethnological Museum of Montseny The evolution of a region
The gabella was an old tax levied was on certain essential goods and, by extension, was also used to designate the warehouses where these products were kept. The Gabella is exactly what the 18th-century farmhouse, in the centre of Arbúcies, was called and where you will find the Museu Etnològic del Montseny (Ethnological Museum of Montseny, MEMGA) in the Gabella, a name that already marks an historical past linked to the people and the region. And thus MEMGA, opened in 1985, is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, research and presentation of the cultural heritage of the Montseny massif.

The visit to the museum encompasses three separate areas. The ground floor is devoted to the first settlers and shows the evolution of the way of life in Montseny: the prehistorical, the world of the Iberians, Romanisation and the Middle Ages. The visitor takes a journey through history where representative objects (some original, some reproductions) are found. A room is dedicated to the Castle of Montsoriu (14th century) with a selection of materials recovered during the archaeological excavations. A large model of the fortress dominates the space.

The first floor focuses on the traditional self-sufficient society, which was based on the agriculture, livestock farming and forestry. It was structured around farms, which were the economic pillar of the 19th century Montseny up until the industrial revolution. Indeed, the top floor of the Museum is dedicated to the changes that the arrival of industry brought to the region. Notable among the collections of the Museum are the displays of artisanal crafts and the beginnings of industrialisation.

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What can I do?
The Ethnological Museum of Montseny has a series of itineraries, workshops, visits and educational activities in order to make the cultural aspects of the Montseny massif better known, giving an overview of the different uses of the mountain, from an historical, traditional and contemporary perspective.
Open all year: from Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4.30 pm to 7 pm; Bank Holidays from 11 am to 2 pm
Closed: Mondays; 25 December; 1 January; the Wednesday of the local town festival
General admission: €2.00
Concessions: €1.00
Group rates: €25.00
Carrer Major, 6
17401 Arbúcies  (La Selva)
Tel. +34 972 860 908
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