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Service: "Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions"


The UAM Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions was created by an agreement of the governing board of UAM on 22 May 1973, when it was agreed to accept the donation of the ethnological collections of Guadalupe González-Hontoria y Allendesalazar as the initial base of the museum, this lady then being appointed as the director and lecturer of Arts and Popular Traditions. The museum's holdings have increased over the years, and it now holds more than 7,000 pieces acquired in fieldwork by the director, Museum staff, students and interns.

The museum's pieces are displayed in five galleries, by subject matter:

  • Room I: The human life cycle and popular religion;
  • Room II: Annual festive cycle, musical instruments and adults' games;
  • Room III: Domestic tasks.
  • Room IV: Techniques for obtaining and producing food;
  • Room  V: Crafts and rural transport.
Work team

Director: Mikel Asensio Brouard
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts.
Department of Prehistory and Archaeology. Ground floor.
Telephone: 91 497 42 70 and 91 497 42 22

Senior Ethnographer: Consolación Gonzalez Casarrubios
Tel: 91.497.42.70
e-mail: consolacion.gonzalez@uam.es

Secretary: Rosario Aguilera Rivera.
Tel: 91 497 42 70
e-mail: rosario.aguilera@uam.es

Visiting times: Mornings, Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00.
Afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 to 20:00.

Summer visiting times: July and September from 11:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday. Closed in August.

The museum's Work Team includes four COIE grant holders and five graduates on work experience.

Main activities


  • Guided tours by the museum staff. Teaching modules for school trips.
    • To prepare for school visits to the Museum, the teaching staff can use an introduction and 15 teaching modules, as follows:

      Room I: Life cycle, toys, popular religion

      Room II: Festive cycle, musical instruments

      Rooms III and IV: Fire and water, domestic tasks

      Room VI: Agriculture, oil and wine, livestock, hunting and fishing

      Room VII: Crafts, textiles, transport, bee-keeping

      NOTE: Giving two teaching modules in the same room is not possible

  • Library and Periodicals Library


  • Narria. Estudios de artes y costumbres populares (Studies on Popular Arts and Customs). Annual.
  • Leaflet on the museum.

Functional structure

Dep. University Extension and Scientific Dissemination