Igualada Leather Museum / Museu de la Pell d'Igualada, Igualada

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The Igualada Leather Museum, located in Igualada, Catalonia, was created in 1954 and was the first leather museum in Spain, and the third one in Europe. The collections are displayed in two nearby buildings in Igualada: the "Cal Boyer" building, a former cotton textile factory from the late 19th century, and the "Cal Granotes" building, an 18th-century tannery.Leather Museum, at "Cal Boyer"The Leather Museum, at the "Cal Boyer" building, headquarter of the museum, constitutes the cornerstone of the museum approach. Due to its characteristics and structure it is a unique and pioneering museum, one of the top three in Europe of its kind.There are three exhibition areas: "leather in history", a "world of leather", and "industrialization". The first one, "leather in history", presents aspects of the production, use and cultural significance of leather in the Mediterranean civilization, from the distant past to recent times, including prehistory, the tanning of hides, leather in ancient Greece and ancient Rome worlds, parchments, bookbinding, shell cordovan use, guadamecil painted or gilded embossed leather (an ancient leather crafting technique), and two traditional professions such as shoemakers and horse tack makers.
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  • Museum of reference in the world of skin. Igualada, as pioneer in this city, has with factories of skin treatment (adoberies) in the area of the "Rec D'igualada". Visit to the Museum, the Rec area and the "Museu de Traginer" are a good way to spend a very enjoyable and educational day.
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  • Museum located in a capital of the region whose economy in recent times has been the preparation of skin for use in the market, immerses us in this little known world. Since the skin becomes as it has been extracted from the animal until its cut, embossing, sewing and others. Current and old machines do not give a thorough knowledge of this activity economic that it has been and continues to be the engine of the region of l'Anoia. Every first Sunday of the month is scheduled a guided tour free of charge. It's worth the time.
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  • Visit to learn about the process following the skin of animals, usually cows, its soaking, washing, brushing, etc., up to becoming in soles of shoes, harnesses for animals, saddles, etc. In the Museum there are information panels with good descriptions, life-size figures that recreate the different works, and some samples of finished parts. The Museum of located in two buildings, coming from the other. The staff is very nice, they even told us some aspects of the process, but we we miss a guided tour.
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  • One of the few available hang around places in Igualada
  • A little gem. Learnt an awful it and staff could not be more helpful
  • Not bad. It is nice. Sometimes they do interesting activities
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  • Very interesting, you can see the packaging machinery such as lathes and more tools that used several years ago to try and make skin.
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  • The menja is bo.
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