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Jovellanos’ Birthplace
Gijón (Central Asturias)
Contact Address
Plaza de Jovellanos, S/N. 33201 Gijón/Xixón
985 185 152 / 985 185 154
Email Website

  • Guided visits by prior arrangement by phone (minimum 10 and maximum 25 people) - €1/person
  • Library and documentation centre.
  • Temporary exhibitions.
  • Educational programmes.
  • Cloakroom.
  • Sale of publications.
  • Audio-guides - €1.60 (€1 for Gijón Card holders)

  • Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-7:30pm
    Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-7:30pm

    The Museum will remain closed every Monday of the year, 1st and 6th January, Shrove Tuesday, 15th August and 24th, 25th and 31st December


The Jovellanos Birthplace Museum seeks to preserve and promote the life and work of this Enlightenment figure.

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was one of the leading figures in the Spanish Enlightenment. The Birthplace Museum that bears his name is located in a mansion built between the late 14th and early 16th century, where the writer was born in 1744. He was to die in the Asturian village of Puerto de Vega in 1811.

Since the time of Jovellanos, the building has undergone several reforms affecting its façade and internal layout. In the 1950s, work began on adapting the building to convert it into a museum, which was finally opened in 1971. Adjoining the building is the Chapel of Remedies, which houses Jovellanos' tomb.

Since its opening, the museum's programming has focused on the study and dissemination of this Enlightenment figure, as well as on the conservation, documentation, research and dissemination of local artistic heritage.

Jovellanos' Birthplace