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Wine Hall

You only need to open the door of the wine cellar to be astonished by the smell coming from the twenty chestnut tree and oak tree wood wineskins, and which were part of the Vallhonrat Masia wine cellar. Through them we can observe the process of making grapes into wine, from the mobile storage containers to the grape crusher, from the buckets to the wineskins; this sample finishes with a wide range of wineskin tops and faucets, the oldest one of which belongs to the Gothic period and dates from the 12th and the 14th century. The wineskin maker job is the best represented and it remembers us the long vine-growing tradition that predominated in the town until the mid 20th century.

In the room there is a wide collection of the trades world. Sixteen jobs are represented by their original tools. We find for example the butchers, peasants, carpenters trade, etc. These tools have been used by the town’s craftsmen hands for many years in jobs which today have disappeared or have evolved with the use of new technologies. Tools like the carpenter Anton Vallhonrat toolbox which dates from the 1880 were the craftsman’s bread and are exhibited in the museum.

Through this subject matter and with the help of workshops and guided visits Rubí boys and girls will be able to discover the way technology has evolved regarding utensils and tools used as well nowadays as in their grandfather’s time. Thus they can be aware of the current life comforts and, at the same time by means of the workshops, they can know how a handicraft is done.

The rooms culminates in an excellent collection of door locks from Rubí, Castellbisbal and Sant Cugat masias (Catalan peasant house made of stones) which date from the 13th and 19th centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century there were still many peasant masias in the district but when industrialization came steam machines arrived and many of them disappeared. In the showcases we find a set of decorated clasps and lock entrances which embellished the masias doors. There is also a set of chains and keys.

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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