The collection begins in the closed courtyard with machines and utensils belonging to the canning factory (boiler, pails, canning presses, etc.), tiles from the local industry and a wooden boat, along with a detailed history of the life of these industries now gone. From here we went to the interior of the museum that is composed of two floors. On the lower floor we can find a multitude of rural implements and fishing activity of the nineteenth century (including fishing techniques, cabotage trade, whaling), in addition to a traditional peasant-sailor house and the recreation of eight traditional trades: filandeira, redeira, ferreiro, madreñeiro, cesteiro, zapateiro, canteiro and cabinetmaker. It also highlights the recovery of a centuries-old forge and two spectacular armorers shields of a local noble family, the Lanza Trelles.
The upper floor is dedicated to Asturian emigration, several and surprising naval models, useful of the merchant marine, as well as a zoological collection of the Cantabrian coast with an excellent sample of marine shells and fossils.
Say that Juan Gregorio Felipe Ramón Pérez de Villamil y Paredes (Puerto de Vega, Asturias, May 1, 1754 - Madrid, February 20, 1824), absolutist politician from the reign of Carlos IV and Fernando VII who gives the museum its name, highlights for having been the instigator and intellectual author of the famous Bando de Independencia or Bando de los alcaldes de Móstoles, which has historically transcended as the document that started the War of Independence.
Juan Pérez Villamil Avenue, 2
33790 Puerto de Vega (Navia)
Tel: 659 01 02 03
From Tuesday to Friday
12: 00 - 14: 00 and 17: 30 - 19: 30
Saturday and Sunday
11: 30 - 14: 30 and 16: 30 - 19: 30
Guided visits by appointment.
Source: Pérez Villamil Ethnographic Museum.
Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com