RIALIA: Museum of Industry

Portugalete is a municipality on the south–west bank of the River Nervión downstream from Bilbao, where the river is best known as the Ria de Bilbao.

The industrial museum RIALIA (which takes its name from the river) occupies a building begun in 1993 which was intended for various projects that did not materialise. The museum opened there in 2006 has a permanent exhibition based on the historical and artistic collections of Altos Hornos de Vizcaya and Babcock & Wilcox, as well as exhibits donated to the museum. The last room is used to offer temporary exhibitions, both by local artists and related to industrial, marine and nautical themes among others.

The museum's collection includes watercolours, oil paintings, instruments and materials used at work and related to industrial development. They offer a living reflection of the activity of the different workshops and installations at the height of its splendour. This is undoubtedly one of the most important collections of its kind in the country.

RIALIA: Museum of Industry
RIALIA: Museo de la Industria
Paseo de la Canilla
48920 Portugalete
+34 (0) 944 - 724384

Recommended duration of visit:1,5 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:50-60 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:Available
Infrastructure for children:
Gift and book shop on site:yes

April to September:
Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 2.30 pm
Friday, Saturday 10am-2pm, 5-7pm
Sunday, holidays 10.30-3pm

October to March:
Tuesday, Wednesday 9.30am-1.30pm
Thursday, Friday 9.30am-1.30pm, 3-5pm
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10am-3pm

  • Guided tours optional
  • Guided tours for children