The Vielha Wool Factory is representative of the small textile industries that emerged from the second half of the 19th century on both sides of the central Pyrenees.
The factory was built in the late 19th century by Josep Portolés Viló, a resident of Vielha who had learned the wool trade in Miramont-de-Comminges (France), the city where his wife’s family were from.
The factory was powered by the Nere River. An outer channel brought the water to a wooden water wheel attached to a long wooden shaft. The wheel, in turn, was attached to the gears of the machinery and transmitted the force of water.
After three generations dedicated to the wool trade, the Portolés family closed the wool factory in the 1970s as a result of decreased production.
Regular ticket: 2,00 €
Reduced-price ticket: 1,00 € for under 16s, senior citizens, Carnet Jove holders, students, large or single parent families, pensioners and groups of over 15 people
Entrance free: under 11s and ICOM card
Tuesday to Sunday from 5 to 8 pm
Closed on Mondays and on the 1st and 6th of January, 17th of June, 25th of December and 8th of October
Public holidays and 24th and 31st of December open from 11 am to 2 pm
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