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Zaragoza’s Origami Museum: A world one-off seeking to spread its wings
19 August 2019 @ 13:22

IF YOU WERE asked to guess where the biggest Origami museum in the world was based, you'd probably say Japan.

But of course, now you've read the question on here, you know it must be in Spain.

In fact, it's in Zaragoza, but the management wants to open branches beyond the Aragonese city and spread to Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai - and even Tokyo.

If this sounds a bit like selling oranges to Valencia, you might be surprised to hear how many Japanese tourists head to Zaragoza to see the Origami museum - many of whom first heard about it after watching documentaries on TV and booked a flight to Spain on that basis.

According to travel site TripAdvisor, the Zaragoza Origami Museum and School (EMOZ) is the second-highest ranked of all the city's tourist attractions, after the Basilica del Pilar, and ahead of the majestic stone edifice, the Monasterio de Piedra.

Opened in December 2013, the EMOZ has effectively been fighting to survive, says its director, engineer Jorge Pardo, but says he hopes this will change once Spain gets its elected socialist government, since 'it does not make sense' that there has 'never been any support' for the museum and that its maintenance has never been included in the regional budget for Aragón.

If everything goes according to plan, this one-off museum will become one of two - another branch of the EMOZ is, Pardo says, hopefully due to open in Málaga, 'the city of museums'.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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