In a privileged place on the coast of Asturias a few meters above sea level, is the Jurassic Museum of Asturias (MUJA), a unique museum that, in the form of a large dinosaur footprint, houses one of the the most complete and didactic samples of the world about these extraordinary reptiles.
The Muja shows the life from its beginnings to the appearance of the human being and offers a wide information on the different aspects of the life of the dinosaurs, through the footprints that today are conserved in the Asturian coast that goes from Gijón to Ribadesella.
The Jurassic Museum of Asturias (MUJA) is located in the so-called Rasa de San Telmo, in the municipality of Colunga, halfway to the capital of the council and the town of Lastres, with a slope access that starts from the AS-257 . From this promontory there are some magnificent views from the east coast of Asturias, and the museum becomes an omnipresent viewpoint of the Jurassic landscape at your feet and that you have decided to catalog. So the first merit of the museum is found from this position, on the outside, contemplating the maritime panorama that opens before our eyes.
Its singular architecture in the form of a tridactyl footprint He grants his second merit and opens many more expectations. Once inside we contrasted that inside It is equally spectacular, with large and open spaces in which an important era in the life of the planet Earth has its place: the Mesozoic, including the Jurassic period in which the dinosaurs lived. We walk along its elevated walkways and we are captivated by the replicas (a score) that fill the space. The central scene represents a couple of Tyrannosaurus copulating. They exceed 12 meters in height, and if they had meat they would exceed 10 tons of weight.
We find other replicas grandiloquent, like that of the Gigantosaurus, the largest of the known carnivorous dinosaurs, belonging to the Argentinean fauna. We also see a Deynonichus (terrible claw), a Jurassic animal related to birds and a paradigm of predators.
These colossi are an analogy to the clearness of the span of the building, whose total surface between the first floor, the basement and the basement is close to the 5.000 square meters. The imprint of the dinosaur it is also reflected in the three immense elliptical vaults that make the ceiling of the installation. A huge claw to trap us inside for a while.
What do we see in the MUJA?
The ground floor and the first floor are distributed in accordance with the aforementioned vaults in three large areas according to the temporal divisions of the Mesozoic (Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic). In the basement, more than 400 tonnes of fossils from the Jurassic coast are stored, waiting for an adequate cataloging and subsequent exhibition in the museum. On the first floor we find space for temporary exhibitions room, waiting room, public services, private spaces for administration and direction of the Museum, general stores and workshops and general facilities of the building. As well as museum funds, library, laboratory, research and restoration workshop to work with paleontological material. On the ground floor we find the lobby, audiovisual room and in it, the permanent exhibition room begins, with graphic, textual and fossil references to the time before the Mesozoic, the Mesozoic itself and the Jurassic in particular. In the back of this floor there is an assembly hall with capacity for one hundred people. This room is designed to host various functions in the scientific and informative trajectory of the MUJA: film screening in two and three dimensions, multimedia, slide projection, transparencies and complete accessories to teach courses, seminars or round tables.
In terms of contents It must be said that time is the great thread of the MUJA.
A temporal sequence that covers the three major periods of the Mesozoic: Triassic (250-205 millions of years before our era), Jurassic (205-140 millions of years) and Cretaceous (140-65 millions of years). There is a special dedication to the different faunas of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic and to the transformations of European geography throughout this era, with a module dedicated to explain the geological history of Asturias. A period, the Asturian, that contains portions of the 600 last million years of life on Earth. Emphasis will be placed on the coastal Jurassic, from the marine levels of the Gijón formation to the canals represented in the Lastres formation. On the other hand, the time elapsed since the beginning of life on Earth (3.500-3.800 million years) is exposed in a small introductory module. With all this is intended to make clear the magnitude of geological time and the dynamics of the evolution of living organisms. There are also events after the Mesozoic (Tertiary and Quaternary, last 65 million years). The idea is to illustrate the factors that have determined the current composition of life on the planet.
Collection of fossils
The foundational collection del MUJA is composed of some 8.000 specimens of fossils exclusively from the Asturian Jurassic. The sample is divided into four main nuclei: dinosaur footprints (some 150 tracks taken from the coast of the region), remains of vertebrates (200 remains of dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and fish), vegetable fossils (103 samples of plant remains and 11 fragments of large trunks) and invertebrate elements (more than 6.000 specimens of ammonoids and brachiopods). The rhythm of growth of the pieces that make up the collection is presumed high. To date, large specimens and more than a thousand small ones have grown annually in an average of 30. The appearance of the MUJA, in its research and academic aspect, with personnel and its own infrastructure for the prospections, as claimed by the experts, suggests that the findings will increase without any doubt.
The Jurassic coast of Asturias For several years now, he had been demanding a museum of this type, a large and attractive building that would give true value to the findings that had continued for years. The researchers also came claiming more means and planning in the study; assured that with official support the title of best Jurassic site in Europe. For now, the Jurassic Coast is waiting for the distinctive UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rates and schedules 2018
· General: 7,24 €.
· Reduced: 4,70 €.
· Groups, children from 4 to 11 years, large family, people with disabilities, older than 65 years and members of ICOM.
· Wednesday free entry. Cost of the guided tour this day 1,73 €.
· Free entry from 0 to 3 years.
· Educational workshops: 2 €.
· Audioguide rental: 1,73 €.
You will have a discount on the general rate if you have any of these cards: Fnac, Asturias Youth Card, Asturias Culture Club, Gijón Card, Brittany Ferries, Reaj, North Route Science Museums, The Club of my box (Caja Rural Asturias), Cultural Passport .
· From the 1 of July to the 31 of August of 2018 (High season).
Every day, from 10: 30 to 20: 00 h., Uninterrupted.
· From the 1 of February to the 30 of June and of the 1 of September to the 31 of December of 2018 (Low season).
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10: 00 to 14: 30 and from 15: 30 to 18: 00 h.
- Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, holiday periods *: from 10: 30 to 14: 30 and from 16: 00 to 19: 00 h. From 1 to September 9, uninterrupted schedule (from 10: 30 to 19: 00 h.).
- Monday and Tuesday closed, except for exceptional days indicated below: 2 and 3 for April, 30 for April and 1 for May.
- Closed: from 1 to 31 in January and 30 in September from 10: 30 to 14: 30 h.
- Holiday periods: from 29 from March to 8 in April, from 28 from April to 1 in May, from 12 to 14 in October, from 1 to 4 in November and from 6 to 9 in December.
Information of interestAddress / Location:
Rasa de San Telmo
Telephone: 902 306 600
How to get there:
By the A-8 you get to Colunga, from here you take the AS-257 (Colunga - Lastres). The MUJA is at the height of the PK 1,5; next to the beach of the Greek.
More information: www.museojurasico.com
More information about Ribadesella: www.ribadesella.com