Museos Vivos-Living Museums, a network that brings together 77 exhibition spaces in small rural municipalities nationally and internationally, has already accumulated 41,847 visitors since the first museums opened in 2018, although the largest increase was experienced in 2022, a year in which we received almost 25,000 visitors in total.
These figures consolidate this project as a successful way to enhance the value of rural heritage. The growth potential of Museos Vivos-Living Museums will be maintained in 2023 with the announced opening of churches and hermitages.
The network now houses 77 museums in total and its main novelty is that they are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Through the web platform and a smart technology system that has attracted attention in Europe, visitors can make individualized reservations at the museum of their choice, on the day and at the time that suits them best.
The system sends them an access code that they will use to open the doors of the museums, automatically turning on lights and any other audiovisual or sound element that will help complete the visit without the need for a guide. This has allowed the opening of numerous spaces in small municipalities that show tourists and visitors their cultural, ethnographic or environmental heritage at a minimum cost.
Managed by 17 rural development groups located mainly in Castilla y León, the increase in visits has occurred in the vast majority of museums and in all geographical areas, including Galicia and the Czech Republic, which also participate in this network. Over the course of 2022, 9 new spaces have been added, bringing the total to 77.
The areas with the most visitors this year were the Ribera del Duero Burgalesa, with 9,397 visitors, most of them (6,644) at the Torreón de Haza.
It is followed by the three museums managed by the rural development group ADEMA in the province of Soria, with 4,940 visits, of which 3,755 have been accumulated in the Aula Arqueológica de Medinacelli.
At the individual level, it is also worth mentioning museums that have doubled their visits in the last six months, such as the Museo de la Lana Merina Trashumante in Salamón (Montaña, de Riaño, León), the Centro de los Juegos Tradicionales in Valoria (Soria) or the Museo del Fósil in Tejada and the Museo del Árbol Fósil, in Hacinas, (Burgos), as well as the four museums of the rural development group Segovia Sur, (School and Ethnographic Museum in Otones de Benjumea, Museum of the Hundas in Arcones and Museum of the Martinete in Navafría, which together have exceeded 2,000 visitors.000 visitors.
Or the good reception of spaces that have opened in the last quarter, such as the Museum of the Book in Covarrubias (Burgos), which already has 623 visitors, or the Castle of Belmonte de Campos (Palencia), with 436.
The themes of the Living Museums are very varied and are closely linked or related to the territory where they are located, contributing to provide the visitor with complementary information on gastronomy, heritage, traditional trades, archeology, paleontology, geology, fauna, flora, inhabitants, history, ancestral traditions and many more aspects of the municipalities or the natural environment that surrounds them. They are a perfect complement to end a day of tourism or enjoyment of nature.