The Jovellanos Birthplace Museum
The museum is located in the birthplace of the illustrious Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (Gijón, 1744-Puerto de Vega, Navia, 1811), situated on the southern limit of the district of Cimavilla, within the walls of the Roman-medieval citadel.It is one of the city’s oldest stately buildings, whose history runs parallel to the important role played by Gijón during the Middle Ages.
The Jovellanos Birthplace Museum opened its doors to the public on 6th August 1971 to exhibit the municipal art collection, until then on display on the ground floor of the former “Instituto Jovellanos”.Coinciding roughly with the area occupied by Jovellanos as his inheritance as eldest son, the main floor houses exhibits related to his life, part of the original furnishings and paintings that belonged to his own collection. There is also a selection of paintings from the Lledó-Suárez bequest, whose styles, schools and genres are linked to some of the works that comprise the house’s own collection.
The remaining rooms contain a broad selection of 19th- and 20th-century Asturian art, with excellent works belonging to the regionalist school of the late 19th century and paintings by Evaristo Valle and Nicanor Piñole, as well as those of Asturian artists with links to mid-20th century trends in artistic renewal.Sculpture also occupies an important place in the exhibition in the form of Sebastián Miranda’s Sea Tableau and the magnificent collection of works by Jose Maria Navascues.
The museum boasts a documentation centre composed of monographs, magazines, newspaper and periodicals archives, pamphlets, photographs and documents of a diverse nature that make the centre a place of reference regarding not only the figure of the Enlightenment scholar and statesman, butalso artistic creation of a local and regional scope.
Plaza Jovellanos s/n. 33201 Gijón
Tel: 985 185 152
From Tuesday to Friday: 09.30 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 19.30
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 19.30
Mondays, 1st and 6th January, Shrove Tuesday, 15th August, 24th, 25th and 31st December.
Guided visits for groups (by prior arrangement)€1.00 per person.Audioguides: €1.60 (€1.00 for Gijon Card holders)