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LA ENCARTADA FABRIKA - MUSEOA (Balmaseda)

OPEN FROM JUNE 9

The following measures have been taken to ensure the safety of museum visitors and staff:

  • Capacity will be limited.
  • It will be necessary to register in advance: Tl 946 800 778 or laencartada@bizkaia.eus
  • Openning hours: The usual (see below)

SPECIAL DECEMBER OPENINGS:

  • December 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2021: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • December 25, 2021 and January 1 and 6, 2022: Closed

La Encartada S.A. was incorporated in 1892 and remained in business for exactly 100 years. Its stock capital was provided by five emigrants who returned to Bizkaia after making their fortunes in Mexico, three of whom came originally from Balmaseda. The company worked with wall and produced articles ranging from berets (its main product) to blankets, cloth, gloves, scarves, caps, balaclavas and wool in balls and skeins. A small residential district occupied by workers grew up around the factory, with a chapel, a school, a house for the headmaster (which no longer survives), etc.

In 2007 the factory became an industrial museum under the name La Encartada Fabrika-Museoa. The buildings, the machinery and the workers houses make up an evocative site that takes visitors back to the early years of the industrial revolution in Spain.

One of the biggest attractions of La Encartada is its exceptional collection of machinery dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mostly manufactured in Britain. Its manufacturing technology and appearance have survived practically intact, with all parts of the production process still in place, from the section for taking in raw materials to final packaging and shipping. Its completeness and excellent condition make La Encartada a unique visitor attraction.

 

Opening hours

From the 1st of november to the 30th of april:

  • Tuesday to sunday: 10:00-14:00

From the 1st of may to the 31st of october Thursday, friday saturday in Easter Week:

  • Tuesday to sartudays: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-19:00
  • Sundays bank holidays: 10:00-14:00

Closed: Mondays, Jan. 1st 6th, Dec. 25th

Services

GUIDED TOURS ONLY (the last tour one hour before closing)

+ Shop: The museum also has - a shop > in addition to books merchandise, there is a wide range of wool items on sale (berets in various sizes styles, blankets, socks...)

+ Rental spaces: rooms to rent – within the premises there are rooms spaces of different sizes for the holding of meetings, events, seminars, etc., with all the technical media equipment, including a catering service.

+ Parking: private parking next to the premises

+ Playground for children: children s play area

+ Natural park: open access natural park with benches, litter bins, trees, etc.

Prices

General: 5,50 €

Reduced: 3,50 € (retired card, students, unemployed, groups of more than 10 people)

Free entry: under 12, school group chaperone, ICOM card, teacher card, Nagusi Txartela, every Friday (Museum Day). press, local party (Oct. 23rd)

Schoolchildren/colony holidays: 1 €

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