Museo de la Seda de Valencia

After an incredible restoration, the Silk Museum opens its doors and invites us to discover its history in an extraordinary journey

The Silk Museum invites us to travel through five centuries plus of trade, art and tradition. A tradition arriving in muslim times and soon putting down roots in Valencian land. The College of the Greater Art of Silk, heir of the medieval guild of velvet weavers and owner of the magnificent building hosting the Museum, preserves this legacy and assures present and future for Valencian silk. Its concerns, its decades of struggle and its emergency calls on the unstoppable decline of a house full of history and memory were not in vain. Then, after a thorough restauration thanks to the patronage of Hortensia Herrero’s Foundation, since june 2016 both Valencians and visitors can enjoy a place to learn about the history of a trade that marked the evolution of the city and its region until becoming an essential part of its culture.

The Silk Museum has 4 different spaces:

  1. Permanent exhibition, where we will make a journey through the history of silk in Valencia and the College of the Greater Art of Silk.
  2. Archives, with a selection of the College’s rich document collection, which shapes the biggest and oldest guild archive in Europe.
  3. Piano nobile of the guild’s house, which preserves a great set of Valencian baroque tiles, a Gothic spiral staircase and paintings by José Vergara.
  4. Workshop, showing a collection of antique textile machinery where the traditional weaving process of Valencian “espolin” is shown.
    1. Its rooms also host temporary exhibitions with silk as the common thread, and offers shopping and cafe areas.