El Pobal ironworks

Ironworks demonstration


El Pobal, now a museum, is home to a vivid exhibition bursting with artefacts from the ironworks

Presided over by a Romanesque bridge and two bakeries, the complex is divided into three distinct, although closely intertwined, departments:

  • The main building, where the foundry was set
  • The flour mill cabin, fully equipped and still working today
  • The Gothic-style Salazar Palace, built in the early 16th century to house the owners

El Pobal is more than a former ironworks turned into a museum – it transcends the foundry building and stretches over the surrounding fields, known by the locals as “sorginleku” or “home to the witches.” Water trickles down a 300-metre canal (almost 1,000 feet) from a small dam built on Barbadún creek, amid lush gardens filled with centennial trees.

El Pobal opened as a museum in 2004, after a thorough restoration sponsored by local and regional authorities. Two years later it was recognised with the third prize at the LivCon Awards, held in China, for its sustainable management of the local environment.

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Pobal Auzoa
Ctra. Muskiz - Sopuerta
48550 MUSKIZ (Bizkaia)


Mobile: (+34) 629 271 516



Schedule / Notes

Winter opening times

Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm

Mondays: closed.

Summer opening times (from April 15 to October 15)

Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm; and from 4 pm to 7 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Modays: closed.

The museum is closed on January 1, January 6 and December 25.

Services / Extra information

Guided tours:
11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.