Apart from the numerous monuments that can be found in La Rioja Province, pilgrims who are fond of Art can admire the precious gems showed in La Rioja Museum, located in Logroño. The gallery is housed in a Baroque Palace from the 18th century, representative of Logroño´s civil architecture. The building was the retreat of General Espartero in the 19th century.
In 1884 it was acquired by the Government to make it the Episcopal Palace, but was never used for that purpose. Later on, the structure was given different uses, until it became a museum in 1971. The gallery features a selection of archaelogical pieces and religious works from deserted La Rioja areas along with 19th century paintings and contemporary works that have been selected from temporary exhibitions of the museum.
It also includes a room devoted to ethnography that shows a variety of everyday life objects , meant to preserve the Cultural Heritage of La Rioja.
The Museum, located at 23 Plaza San Agustín, is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 21:00; on Sundays and Festivities from 11:30 to 14:00.
Housed in Espartero Palace, the museum is made up of three sections: Archaelogy, Art and Ethnography. The section devoted to Archaelogy shows accidental discoveries from the 19th century and discoveries from scientific excavations that begun in 1942.
The Art Section presents religious works collected by the Comisión Provincial de Monumentos (Province Commission for Monuments) in the 19th century ; works from sorrounding mountains; and 19th -century paintings from the Prado Museum collection deposited in the Museum around 1903. The gallery also contains Contemporary works of art that have been selected from temporary exhibitions of the museum.
The Ethnography Section consists of everyday life objects that have been collected since the 70´s and is meant to preserve the delicate Cultural Heritage, which is essential to know our immediate past.
For lack of space, the permanent collection only includes the Bellas Artes collection.