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City Museum

The City Museum was open 17 May 1994, being located in "La Casa de Polo de Bernabe" -Polo de Bernabe House-, country farm built by that family in the 19th century, that has been repared and bought by Vila-real's City Council.

This Museum has four permanent sections dedicated to local artists: the virtuoso guitar composer and player Francisco Tarrega, (1852-1909), sculptor Jose Ortells (1887-1961), and painters Gimeno Baron (1912-1978) and Jose Gumbau (1907-1989).

Francisco Tarrega's lounge

Additionally, the Museum arranges temporary exhibitions in the ground floor lounges, the most interesting ones during May and September City festivals.

Etnologic Museum

This Museum is located in " la Ermita de la Mare de Deu de Gracia " -Virgin Mary of Grace Hermitage-, some two kilometres out of the city, besides the river Mijares, in a beautiful area known as "el Termet" -the small countryside-.

The stairs that allow the entrance to the Museum starts in a vaulty room which maybe was the original Hermitage building. Several religious objects and ornaments are shown in this area. The building is decorated with renacentist and baroque ceramic tiles, moved from an old palace -now dissapeared-..

The Museum itself was installed in the Hermitage after the building restoring in 1986. It has two etnologic rooms, in which a wide range of tools and hardware from several ages are shown. Two smaller rooms reproduce traditional homelife decorations and the evolution of our typical dressings.

Another room shows the economics development of the region throughout the ceramics industry. There is a very interesting collection of tiles and ceramics, ranging from the Neolitic to the 19th Century.

This Museum has also a room, in the old chorusplace, dedicated to the popular religious etnology.

Saint Pascual Baylon Museum

Located in the Saint Pascual Baylon's Church, there is an interesting sample of religious handycraft, dressing and ornamentation, ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The new Royal Chapel, with a lying image of Saint Pascual made of silver, with a 14 meters high altarpiece in the background, keeps the old cell of the Monastery where the Saint died. Also visitable is the refrectory with the seat where frier Pascual used to sit and a well dated 1589 which waters are very appreciated by the Saint's devots.

For the moment, until you have a chance to come here, you can pay a visit to our Saint Pascual Virtual Museum.

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