The town experienced Valencian cities in transit (1800-1940)

La ciutat viscuda
La ciutat viscuda. Museu Valencià d'Etnologia
Presentación del Museu Valencià d' Etnologia. (castellano)
Permanent exhibition

The town is the space par excellence for men and women. Nature transformed to the highest degree by culture and technology; a space devoted to social coexistence. The town tells us about the citizens as a group, referring especially to coexistence, life in common and collective imaginary.

Processes of social change and modernisation took place mainly in the town, yet much of traditional town resisted and remained standing. Not only in terms of architecture and urbanism, but also in all aspects concerning social practices and uses and customs of coexistence. That is why we are talking about towns experienced and in transit, to which this exhibition is dedicated.

The Mediterranean has always been an urban environment. And this was also — and still is — the case of the Valencian territory, always structured around a set of towns dominating the rural areas.


Towns of Iberian origin; urban centres founded by Greek settlers or as a result of romanisation.

Medieval, Islamic or Christian towns. Always towns in constant evolution. The modern town was the privileged setting, throughout the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th, for advances in industrialisation and the consolidation of the bourgeois world.  Women and men played a leading role in the complex process that created from the traditional town another very different one, which is, however, heir to the former.  This exhibition is about them.