In the valley there are several museums that deserve attention and tell a full story about the culture, traditions and history of the Valley.
Museum of snow
In this modern museum, opened five years ago, you'll learn all about snow. The snow here is examined from the scientific, ethnographic, and sporting point of view, there are interactive exhibits and audio-visual material. What is snow? How do people adapt to the snow? How winter sports were developed? When the first ski resort was opened? And the first professional snow association? Without a doubt, the museum will be interesting both for adults and children.
Musèu dera Nhèu, Mon, Tue, Thursday (10.00-13.00) and Thurs, Fri and Sat (17.00-20.00)
The museum contains a complete collection of objects that define the culture, the traditions, the system of labor organization and Crafts of the Valley. The museum exhibites over 2,500 unique items, from household items to tools that were used in the valley hundreds of years ago.
Musèu eth Corrau
Museum of the History of Val d'Aran
Since 1984, it is located in the building of the manor house of the XVII century, in the old district of Vielha. The permanent exhibition tells about the role of history in the development of the Aran Valley. You can imagine what the life was like in a valley in a bygone era.
Musèu dera Val d'Aran
Carrer Major, 26
Museum of the Local life
The museum is located in the village of Vilamos and has the best preserved traditional architecture of the valley. Museum is a prototype of the traditional Aran house, which consists of several adjacent buildings: the actual house, sheds, dovecotes and granaries. The museum respires an atmosphere of rural residential homes of the late XIX century.
El Ecomusèu çò de Joanchiquet, Tue-Thu (11.00-14.00 and 16.00-19.00, Sun 11.00-14.00)
c / Mayor
The manor house
The house was built in 1820 and is interesting by itself. Legend tels that a gentleman built it for his wife, who was born in the village of Arrós. The old men say that the owner received the main income from the cattle, but dealt in Barcelona. However, the owner of the house was ruined, and the local government bought the house in 1951. During the long period of time there were a school inside the building. Now here is stored photo archive, assembled an extensive library on a historical theme.
La Casa deth Senhor d'Arròs
Coal mines in Ares
Route for those who want to get acquainted with the industrial past of the valley and visit the highland mines of coal.
Minas Victoria de Arés
All the Pyrenean lands of water have always been the main source of energy. Water is put in motion mill, sawmill and spinning mills. Flour mill in Salardú was recently restored - and today we can observe the work of the old mechanism inside, see with our own eyes how the grain is converted into flour.
Molá de Salardú
Spinning mills of Vielha are the typical representative of the small industries that emerged in the middle of the XIX century on both sides of the central Pyrenees. The plant was built by Rafael Lafuste, educated in France, the plant worked on the energy from the river Nera. After a devastating flood in 1963, the factory began to operate on electricity, and in the 70-ies of the last century it was closed. In 1999, the local government bought the building and later on opened there a Museum of Contemporary History of Val d'Aran.
Fábrica dera Lana
Museum of the Pyrenees
Mon-Sat (11:00-13:30 and 16:30-19:00)