Quiroga Ethnographic Museum
The Quiroga Municipal Ethnographic Museum is on the ground floor of the Quiroga Municipal Auditorium, on Calle Real in Quiroga. It opened on 24 March 2007 to investigate, recover, bring together, display and therefore protect all aspects of local cultural heritage.
Currently, the museum’s ethnographic collection contains over 1000 items collected in the Courel Mountains UNESCO Global Geopark, which includes the municipalities of Folgoso do Courel, Ribas de Sil and Quiroga. It is one of the most complete and interesting ethnographic collections in Galicia.
The contents of the Quiroga Ethnographic Museum are related, on the one hand, to the four typical products of the Courel Mountains Geopark: wine, chestnuts, olive oil and honey; on the other hand, to the four materials that are essential for living here: stone, iron, wood and textiles. There is also space, of course, for the field and the livestock, the main room of the house: the low kitchen and the charming unitary school of our villages.
For some time now, one of Salvador Ontiveros Álvarez’s famous cars has been on display, and the magnificent press from the legendary shop El Derroche.
Everything in this collection that is needed to recreate a traditional local mountain village is encapsulated in the scale models created for the Galician animated film “The Apostle” made by “Artefacto Producciones”, in which stone, wood, iron and so on all play a part in making the lives of the people inhabiting this harsh but gratifying area a little easier.