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The creation of an Ethnographic Museum of Navarre has been a long time project that began to take shape during the 1960s when the Diputación Foral (Provincial Council) started to collect objects of ethnographic interest, in the wake of the momentum generated by Julio Caro Baroja, assembling thus a first collection of agricultural implements from the Bidasoa traditional farm houses (caseríos).

During the 1970s and 1980s, it managed to acquire some unique pieces, such as the carpentry of animal drawn farm machinery from Azuelo and other woodcrafts workshops which had been located thanks to the enthusiastic commitment of Javier Beúnza Arboniés and other collaborators. At that time the idea of housing the Ethnological Museum in the palace of the Prince of Viana in Sangüesa was considered.

                                                        Amulets collection

This long initial stage ends with the creation of the Ethnological Museum of Navarre in 1994, which in 1995 was named “Julio Caro Baroja” after its most illustrious promoter. At that moment, the monastery of Santa María la Real de Iratxe was chosen to house the museum.

Since 2007, the museum has been located in a warehouse in Estella, where it will remain until it can be transferred to the new premises for its reopening.

The objectives of this institution are:

- To preserve, document and disseminate its collections.

- To implement its aim of making it accessible to the public.

- To study and document the ethnological heritage of Navarre.

- To disseminate its scientific findings.

Government of Navarre

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