This museum acts as a welcome centre for visitors and provides information on the most interesting aspects of Valltorta. It is a centre owned by the Generalitat of Valencia, and was created in 1994 to safeguard the conservation, study and dissemination of the values of the Valencian Community’s Cave Art. This art was given World Heritage status by the UNESCO in 1998, with special importance being bestowed upon the art located in the Parc Cultural de Valltorta - Gassulla. The building, designed by the architects Miguel del Rey Aynat and Iñigo Magro de Orbe, is located in the Pla de l’Om area within Tírig’s village boundaries, around 500 metres from the Barranc de la Valltorta. Among its facilities are work premises, such as a laboratory, warehouses and a library, a room that houses temporary exhibitions and four rooms that house permanent exhibitions, where a sample of the cave art from the Valencian Community is on display.
The museum is also the departure point for guided visits to the cave paintings located in the Parque Cultural de Valltorta-Gassulla, or the Valltorta-Gassulla Cultural Park. The museum also develops and carries out research projects on cave art and their creators. A laboratory and archaeological workshops, a library and a graphic archive on cave art from the Iberian Mediterranean Basin are available for these projects. The Museo de la Valltorta’s archives constitute the visual, scientific and technological memory of prehistoric cave art from all over the Valencian Community.
Days open to the public: All year, apart from Mondays. The Museum is closed on 25 December, 1 January and 6 January. The rock art collection cannot be visited on these days either.
October to April: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm.
May to September: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm.
VISITS TO THE SHELTERS
Leaving from the Museum: Mas d'En Josep (at 10 am), Cova dels Cavalls (at 12 noon), Ribassals or del Civil (at 4:30 pm from October to April and at 8 pm from May to September). The different time schedules are justified due to the different position of the sun throughout the day.
Visits to La Saltadora (Les Coves de Vinromà) and Abric Centelles (Albocàsser) must be booked at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Museum (964 336 010).
The guided visits last approximately 2 hours.
COVA REMÍGIA CAVE (ARES DEL MAESTRE)
Leaving from Mas de la Montalbana: 11:30 am and 4:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 3 hours long. Medium difficulty.
The last week of July and the month of August the times are from Thursday to Sunday at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Confirm times to visit the Remigia cave by calling the Museum on 964 336 010.
There are no age restrictions. School groups are welcome but they must be booked in advance by calling 964 33 60 10.
HOW TO ARRIVE
From Valencia: take the A-7 and the CV-10 (the Plana motorway) towards Castellón until Pobla Tornesa, then continue towards Cabanes-Sant Mateu until the CV-131 Tírig-LaValltorta juntion.
- From Castellón: take the CV-1520 (Borriol motorway) or the CV-16 until the CV-10 junction, head towards Sant Mateu until the CV-131 Tírig-La Valltorta junction.
- From Barcelona: Take the AP-7 motorway until junction 42 (Ulldecona). From there take the N-238 until the junction with the N-340 at Vinaròs. At Vinaròs take the N-232 towards Morellla until the junction with the CV-132 and head towards Sant Mateu. At Sant Mateu take the CV-130 towards Tírig-La Valltorta.