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Hall of inventions of the XIX and XX

The Rubí Vallhonrat Ethnographic Museum has six rooms where a wide range of items coming from different places are classified into areas depending on its subject matter. In the first room we can find the evidences of the history of the objects which describe the folk’s customs and traditions. Items come from different places although nearly all of them have been used in Catalan homes. It holds a big quantity of familiar pieces that have become a cultural reference after some time. Objects talk by themselves, no need of an explanatory text. They are the history themselves.

The room shows in an educational way the evolution of electric devices: the radio, the telephone, the first camera, flashlights, etc. There are also some materials manufactured in Rubí like the BJC switches, the old TIMESA doorbells, the first AEG meters and so on. There are other value objects like the different soda water and wine bottles shapes. Not only domestic use devices show us living habits. Also the fauna inhabiting the woods determinates a way of living. Here we find a collection of animals from the Rubí forests, although some of them have unfortunately disappeared already. If we go to the chest of drawers we can find a wide, superb collection of the most distinguished comic book artists. All copies are original. We find from the TBO inventions to Opisso, to the first edition of Tintin in Catalan language. The drawers also have complete collections of chocolate bar picture cards, postcards from Rubí, buttons, tales, weekly magazines or comics from the year 1888, coins and Rubí schedules. All of them will be quickly recognized by the elderly and will take us to the past years when those pastimes were awaited with great thrill and were collected and kept for years. It will be a discovery for the young ones, a way to see how things were before and its evolution in time.

History of the Museum

The origins of the Ethnographic Museum Vallhonrat of Rubí back to the middle of the last century when Miquel Vallhonrat Brau started in the world of collecting, initially with family pieces from the early eighteenth century. He subsequently received input from customers and rubinenses.

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