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On any holiday or quick getaway to La Rioja, it’s easy to get lost amid the magical villages and medieval streets, among its sweeping roadways and the horizon…

La Rioja y su horizonte

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La Rioja’s landscapes, its vineyards and wine cellars, its cuisine and wine tourism…These are what dominate people’s recommendations for this land rich in history. But the region of La Rioja is rich in all senses, including culturally; its museums are key points of interest for an in-depth understanding of what makes this place and its inhabitants who they are. Museums are places you can go to forget about the passage of time and pause to take in every detail. They tell stories, act as a means of expression, illustrate interesting eras and facts that we wouldn’t have the pleasure of learning about otherwise.

Museo de La Rioja

Located in an 18th-century baroque palace in Logroño. Many years ago, this was the home of “La Duquesa de la Victoria” or “the Duchess of Victory” (the wife of general Baldomero Espartero). This museum houses incredible treasures through which we can better understand all that La Rioja’s past has to tell us: artifacts from prehistory and other eras, paintings, sculptures…

The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. Sundays and holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture

One of the most emblematic, best-known museums in La Rioja. And it’s just a 15-minute walk from the Santa María Briones hotel. 

In addition to its wine cellar, Vivanco is home to a fascinating museum dedicated to research on and education about the world of wine. You can enjoy a permanent exhibit featuring works from artists like Picasso and Sorolla followed by a stroll through the Jardín del Baco.

A must-see spot for wine lovers or anyone else who wants to dig deeper or learn a bit more about wine tourism in La Rioja. We can arrange your visit to the museum here at Santa María Briones.

The hotel also offers an experience package that includes a visit to this museum: the Vivanco Wine Culture Package. If you’d like more information about this experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 

For museum hours, we recommend checking the following link. 

Museo Vivanco Cultura del Vino
Museo Würth La Rioja

Take a trip to Agoncillo, where the Museo Würth will open its doors to you, revealing a captivating universe of contemporary art.

Its permanent collection includes works by artists like Picasso, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, and Eduardo Chillida. It also hosts engaging temporary exhibits and events. 

You can check its hours by following this link (page in Spanish). 

Museo Würth La Rioja
La Casa Encantada (The Enchanted House)

Without even having to leave Briones, and just a two-minute walk from our boutique hotel, you’ll find an 18th-century edifice, the Palace of the Marquis de San Nicolás. It houses La Rioja’s ethnographic museum, where you can peruse a collection of objects and artifacts to help you learn a bit more about how people lived in the past and the tasks they carried out. 

You’ll find their winter and summer hours on their website (page in Spanish).

La Casa Encantada
The La Rioja Paleontological Center

A place where you can travel even further into the past… Much further. This time, we’ll be visiting the town of Igea.

This museum’s fossil collection will impress any and all visitors: skeletons and dinosaur remains, the footprints these creatures left behind, other extinct animal species… In short, a priceless collection that’s sure to pique your interest. 

Their hours can be found on the Contact page of their website (page in Spanish).


For more information and reservations:
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