La Encartada Beret-Museum
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The factory shut down in 1992 and was later turned into Balmaseda’s boldest museum.
The complex – erected in the 19th century – comprises a stunning building and the adjoining workers’ apartments, together with a small chapel and an elementary school. And so, as was the norm at the time, a whole district emerged around the factory – including the manager’s house, who lived next to the employees.
The museum has preserved and now exhibits the machinery used to manufacture the berets. A water turbine controlled the mechanism, powering the pulleys and straps – which, besides keeping the machinery running, helped the factory generate its own electricity.
La Encartada Beret Foundation came into being in 2006 from an effort to preserve, manage and spread the history of the former factory, located in the outskirts of town. The museum opened a year later after a thorough restoration, along with a café and a contiguous recreation area that make up a pleasant scene.
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Bº El Peñueco, 11
48800 BALMASEDA (Bizkaia)
Phone: (+34) 946 800 778
Schedule / Notes
❱ Winter (November 1st to April 30th):
- Tuesday to sundays: 10:00 to 14:00.
- Mondays: Close.
❱ Summer (May 1st to October 31st and friday and saturday of the Holy Week):
- Tuesday to saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.
- Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 to 14:00.
- Mondays: Close.
❱ Closed: on January 1st, January 6th and Decembre 25th.
Services / Extra information
❱ Guided tours upon reserve.
❱ The last guided tour starts 1 hour before the museum closes.
❱ General rate: €5,50.
❱ Reduced rate: €3,50 (under 26 years, over 60 years, unemployed, retired, groups over 10 people).
❱ Free: under 12 years, and fridays.