La Felguera - Visiting the steel and workers' houses as a museum

Old cooling tower, current headquarters of Musi Museum of the Ironworks of La Felguera

One of the attractions of traveling through northern European countries is the possibility of visiting living museums, where it shows how people lived in previous centuries.

That is the case, for example of Sweden, or even of Germany, where you can see museums with country houses fully recovered and decorated with furniture of the time, and even with actors who personify the supposed residents in them.

These museums represent a recovery of cultural heritage, and are very attractive to be visited.

In this regard, do you think that a steel factory And the homes where the workers who worked in them resided can be converted into a museum?

Musi, Steelworks Museum in La Felguera in Asturias

That is the case of the historical steel factory that in 1857 It was built in La Felguera, and that for more than a century led to the great industrial development of the Langreo area, in Asturias.

At present, after the industrial reconversion of the 80s, the cooling tower of the old factory, now disappeared, has become a museum, the Musi, whose objective of the recovery of industrial and cultural heritage.

Located next to the coal road and the Langreo Railroad that linked the nearby coal mines and the port of Gijón, the steel mill built by the Rioja Hard Pedro He dedicated himself to producing iron and, subsequently, steel, taking advantage of the nearby natural resources of coal from the mining basin and the water of the Nalón River.

Model of the steel factory in the Musi de La Felguera

With the beginning of the 20th century, and after the constitution of the company Hard Metalworking Society Felguera, became the largest steelmaker in Spain, until that preeminence was replaced in the 40s by Vizcaya High Ovens.

Finally, in 1984 the old factory was demolished and its steel production moved to the coast, to the factories of Ensidesa.

It is now possible to recall the history of what it has meant for this area of ​​Asturias thesteelmaker from Pedro Duro. Input, La Felguera and the council of Langreo they are the urban development resulting from the installation and industrial boom of the factory.

Musi, Steelworks Museum in La Felguera in Asturias

When you go to visit the Musi, Asturias Steel Museum, you will verify that it is located in a huge cooling tower that was part of the industrial facilities.

During your visit you will be able to see machinery, industrial elements and the daily life of the factory workers, in addition to showing extensive didactic information about what the steel company of La Felguera meant for Asturias.

But, from my point of view, what will most likely catch your attention is power visit an old working house in the Urquijo neighborhood, located next to the site of the old factory.

Musi, Museum of the Steel Industry from the working class neighborhood of Urquijo in La Felguera

Effectively for visit the Musi, it is advisable to match the start times of the Guided visits which are carried out, not only inside the museum, but also by the adjoining facilities.

Specifically, for the Urquijo neighborhood, eight housing blocks that were promotedin 1916 by the steel company of La Felguera itself with the purpose of being a residence for skilled workers.

Now, during the guided tour of the Asturias Steel Museum, you can see one of the houses with the furniture and domestic accessories of these houses of the 20s.

You can feel the atmosphere and, in a way, imagine the way of life of the steel workers. With the logical differences, a note similar to what you feel when you visit a living museum in the countries of northern Europe.

A pity that it is such a small stay and the concept cannot be further developed by taking advantage of the facilities that still remain of the old steelmaker.

Worker housing in the Urquijo neighborhood next to the old steel factory of La Felguera

The visiting hours of the Asturias Steel Museum they are, during the summer (July to September), from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. On Sundays, only in the morning, and on Mondays, it is closed.

The rest of the year the hours are from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

The ticket prices They are 3 euros for the visit on your own from the museum, and the price already includes the guided tour, if you go at the time of the beginning of the same, which lasts 45 minutes.

If you participate in the guided visit In addition to touring the museum takes you to the housing of the Urquijo neighborhood, the price is 5 euros, and lasts 90 minutes.

Here you have the Guided tours of the Musi.

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