The Age of the Guilds. The Guilds, the Masters and the King.

This room is devoted to the master gunsmiths and their organisation into guilds, and shows their achievements and tribulations. In a scene set in a barrel-maker?s workshop, a day in the life of the Eibar gunsmiths is portrayed.

As late as the turn of the nineteenth century, arms production was a craft industry governed by the guild system. However, private enterprise gradually took root in Eibar with production of arms at competitive prices, and businesses were obliged to reorganise the industrial sector following years of constant migration of the working population.