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Archaeological Room

When one visits this room one realizes this is the one containing most part of the museum’s pieces. There are about 1.000 pieces and they all come from different places and periods of time. Each showcase has a different subject matter. There we realize that this museum is a collection of many collections. Although some collections have more pieces than others, all of them are varied regarding subject matters and styles.

At the entrance there is a domestic utensils section, where we find coffee mills, irons, oil lamps and little bronze sculptures which decorated the house’s corners. All of them make us bring back the memories of our parents’ or elderly relatives houses, where we have seen these objects being used. Forward we find the geology and palaeontology section containing fossils dated more than 540 million years old. Many of them were found in Rubí and many others come from different places in Catalonia. Some good examples are the Carthaginian amphoras used by fishermen in Ibiza or an Ibero-Roman amphora found at the Rubí hamlet of Can Fatjó during the 60s.

It is worth highlighting the modernist feminine sculptures heads that crowned the Rubí Old Spanish Casino building for years. Foreign cultures are also represented in the room; one of the most spectacular is a superb collection of African sculptures. There are ebony engravings, religious rites objects, figures representing the family unit, warriors sculptures and a Gabon (Guinea) Fang culture mask brought by the White Missionary Fathers. . The Japanese culture is also represented and we enjoy looking at the perfectly worked ivory figurines. Finally some magnificent sculptures and pieces take us to the pre-Columbine cultures of Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica, which are more than 600 years old. The room finishes with a collection of religious imagery and icons which remembers the Christian faith that was present at our grandparents’ house.

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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