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La Encartada Berets Museum

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La Encartada Berets Museum

Boinas La Encartada Museum is located on the outskirts of Balmaseda, on the shore of Cadagua river. The site intends to spread the valuable industrial legacy of the textile factory. A plant involved in the production of woollen knitwear ¿berets mainly- since its foundation back in 1892 to its closure in 1992. With the double aim of preserving the historic textile heritage and create a leisure and tourism centre the regional council of Bizkaia and Balmaseda Town Council took on the responsibility for recovering the factory for museum ends.

The site consists of several buildings: the factory-museum, the houses to accommodate workers, a chapel that served as a school, and so on. With the opening of the first two floors of the restored factory-museum the project's main stage will be concluded: the coffee bar and the leisure area. In a second stage the museum will focus on implementing improvement works on old houses as well as the chapel.

The architectural richness adds to a machinery complex of great value: a water turbine from the beginning of the 20th century, a complex mechanism of belts and pulleys that activates the production mechanisms. Guided tours show other areas such as the former wool drying shed, spinning section, areas for beret production and section of cloths.

Tickets: Adults: 5 Euro. Students, pensioners and children over 6: 3 Euro. School groups: 2 Euro. Promotional vouchers: Special rates for school groups. Transport + ticket = 6 Euro. The rate includes train (FEVE) transport from the origin station to Balmaseda, bus transfer to the Museum and return. Minimum 20 people.

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Address: Barrio El Peñueco, 11  - 48800  Balmaseda
Phone: +34 946 800 778Phone: +34 946 800 778
Opening hours:

Easter Week and from 15 April to 15 October

Tuesdays to Fridays: 10.00-14.00 and 16.00-19.00 

Saturdays: 10.30-19.00 Sundays: 11.00-15.00

Closed Mondays

From 16 October to 14 April, closed in the afternoons.

The last guided tour starts one hour before closing the museum. It is recommended that groups of 20-25 call for previous appointment.

No. of rooms: 0
Capacity: 20