Ethnographic Museum of Ripoll
The Ethnographic Museum of Ripoll is the first museum devoted to ethnography in Catalonia. Opened in 1929, it houses a large and interesting collection of material and immaterial heritage representative of Ripollès and the Girona Pyrenees, including outstanding collections such as those related to shepherds, farmers, popular religion, wrought iron, and the Catalan forge and hand-held firearms of Ripollès. This exhibition, of interest to young and old, enables visitors to discover the recent past and identity of the area, and to understand a way of life and feeling. The museum reopened in 2011 following refurbishment, preserving the spirit and history of the original museum, which became a museum of museums, but with a well executed modernisation. In 2012 it was awarded the National Culture Prize for Cultural Heritage.