Plaza Jovellanos s/n

Phone: 0034 985 185 152

Museo Casa Natal De Jovellanos

The Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos is situated in the house where the celebrated Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (Gijón, 1744-Puerto de Vega, Navia, 1811) was born. It is one of the most important buildings in the city.

The Museum opened its doors to the public, after a series of refurbishments, on 6th August 1971 with the municipal art collection which until then had been housed on the lower floor of the old Instituto Jovellanos. Since that date its programme has focused on the study and promotion of its namesake as well as the conservation, documentation, research and promotion of the municipal art collection.

On the main floor, in the area that Jovellanos occupied as inheritor of the estate, pieces related to his life are exhibited such as part of the original furniture of the house, works from his collection, a selection of paintings from the Lledó Suárez legacy, where the styles, schools and genres are linked to some of the works that form part of the Jovellanos collection.

In the remaining rooms there is a selection of the rich artistic collection held in the museum made up of more than 3,000 pieces. A highlight of this collection is the Asturian art from the end of the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is organised chronologically along with a discourse that explains its trajectory from costumbrist naturalism to the vanguard.

The Museum’s collection has seen many additions since its beginnings, thanks to a programme of continuous acquisition and donations from local collectors and artists, among them Alberto Paquet, the Lledó-Suárezes, Julia Alcayde and Nicanor Piñole. At present the collection ... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (7)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum’s permanent collection reflects the most important artistic tendencies developed in Asturias since the second half of the 19th century. Costumbrist realism, of a marked regionalist character, is present in Pescadoras de marisco (1912) and Descanso en la faena (1904) by Ventura Alvarez Sala (1869-1919). Together with portraits by Dionisio Fierros (1827-1894), the still lifes of Julia Alcayde (1855-1939) and the landscapes of Nemesio Lavilla ((1860-1946) and Juan Martínez Abades (1862-1920) these show the main themes taken on by the most significant figures within Asturian painting at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

The first generation of 20th century Asturian painters is represented by Evaristo Valle (1873-1951) and Nicanor Piñole (1878-1978), both responsible for the artistic renovation that was unleashed in the region at the beginning of the century. Their paintings reflect different aspects of the human landscape in Asturias, from two completely different pictorial points of view which were nevertheless developed in the same time and space. La vuelta de la romería (1915) by Nicanor Piñole and Evaristo Valle’s El Idilio campesino (h. 1918) allow us to evaluate the different aesthetic positions of both artists in relation to the depiction of rural Asturian life.

An interesting representation of the work of Joaquín Vaquero (1900-1998), Orlando Pelayo (1920-1990), Antonio Suárez (1923) and Alejandro Mieres (1927) highlights the link between Asturian visual arts and the first vanguard movements. This collection is complemented by a selection of younger artists whose work, more recently incorporated into the collection, all...+ [ Read all ]


Entrance is free.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
Sunday and public holidays 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 19:00

During July and August:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 21:00
Sunday and public holidays 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00

Closed on Mondays, 1st and 6th January, Carnival Tuesday, 1st May, 15th August, 24th, 25th and 31st December.

Getting there

Plaza Jovellanos s/n
33201 Gijón

Tel: (+34) 985 185 152


The Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos offers the following services to visitors: guided visits for groups with previous booking, audio guides, library and documentation centre, the sale of museum publications, educational programmes and a rest area.

The cost of the audio guides is 1,60 € or 1,00 € with the Tarjeta Turística de Gijón.

The Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos shares its library and research centre with the nearby Museo Nicanor Piñole.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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The long-term aim of the Museum is to become a permanent centre of education. With this in mind the programme includes a series of activities geared towards children and adults and which introduce the works of art exhibited in the Museum and the figure of Jovellanos.

NICANOR PIÑOLE CHILDREN’S CLUB: Visits and holiday workshops for children
The Club has a document called the Piñole Express in which children can collect exclusive designs created by different invited artists. The Piñole Express is a small book of stamps which encourages participation, love of art and collecting.
To receive information on programmed activities and to form part of this Club, please register at the Museum:
Museo Nicanor Piñole
Plaza de Europa, 28
33206 Gijón
Tel: (+34) 985 359 594


The minimum number of people in a group is 10. For the comfort of the group and other visitors to the museum the maximum number of people allowed in a group is 25. Visits are aimed at adults and secondary school children and include the permanent collection or specific temporary exhibitions.
Guided visits cost 1,00 € per person and must be previously reserved by telephone or email.


Visits to the Museum by school groups should be booked beforehand:
Tel: (+34) 985 185 154/ 152
Fax: (+34) 985 185 152
Price per student is 1,00 €

Visits can also be booked through the Department of Educational Programmes:
Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto
Jovellanos, 21
Tel: (+34) 985 181 001/ 048/ 041/ 045/ 046
Fax: (+340 985 35 07 09

School workshops for 2007 include:

- A Day with Jovellanos
The aim of the workshop is to introduce the biography and work of Jovellanos. Activities include an interview with Jovellanos and the recreation of the portrait of the subject by Goya.

- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The workshop is a discussion about the women in the Museum, as artists or subjects. It explains the reason for their scarce presence and includes work on the roles traditionally given to women from the symbolism of their hair.

- Walking with Jovellanos
This activity is a game of questions and responses about information given to the group by a guide about the life, work and important spaces of Jovellanos.

- The Flight of the Fly
This activity is a tour of the landscapes of the Museum from the point of view of a fly that has become lost and wants to return home. It is a reflection on the concept of home and its value, the organization of a landscape within a frame and its different emotional climates.

This is the title of a series of workshops given by both the Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos and the nearby Museo Nicanor Piñole, explaining the temporary exhibitions in both museums.

- The Secrets of My Garden
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