Spain - Local Museums
A list of some local museums in Spain with an an example of the collections from each museum.
Museo Arqueológico de Linares. Monográfico de Cástulo
Since 1983, the museum's collection has been housed in the Los Dávalos mansion, generally known as the 'Casa del Torreón'. The museum is dedicated to the ancient Iberian-Roman town of Cástulo –one of the most important archaeological sites in the Upper Guadalquivir region. It has an interesting collection of Iberian architectural objects. These include zoomorphic figures (various lions and a horse's neck), along with columns and capitals from the 5th-3rd centuries B.C., all in very good condition.
Museo Casa de Los Tiros
The museum is set in the Casa de los Tiros, a 16th-century Renaissance building - special mention should be made of its façade, with icons representing Trojan heroes. Inaugurated in 1929, here you can see paintings from the 17th-19th centuries, Baroque sculpture from Granada, Fajalauza ceramics, traditional textiles and a collection of 19th century furniture. The collection includes outstanding drawings, watercolours, engravings, lithographs, and a collection of photographs of the city and its monuments. The Museum also has a newspaper archive and a library specialising in Granada-related subjects, where visitors will find documents by Baltasar Martínez Durán, Francisco de Paula-Valladar Serrano and Antonio Gallego Burín, amongst others.
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla
The museum is set in the Mudejar Pavilion, built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. The collection comprises lace, ceramics, clothing, work tools, precious metalwork, musical instruments, etc. Besides the permanent collection, there is also an area for temporary exhibitions, along with projection rooms.
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares del Alto Guadalquivir
The museum was created in 1973 and is located at La Yedra Castle. It has two different sections: one focusing on History, set in the Keep, and one dedicated to Art and Popular Customs, set in an adjacent building. The History section has three rooms: the first is a chapel with a Romanesque-Byzantine Christ; in the second you can find the Arms Room, where there is an exhibition of weaponry and furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries; on the third floor, meanwhile, is the Noble Room, with 17th-century Flemish tapestries and Bargas-style cabinets from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Arts and Popular Customs section also has three rooms, with farm tools, models of olive oil mills, ceramics, etc. In one of the rooms there is a reconstruction of a typical Cazorla kitchen.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Córdoba
It shows the evolution of painting and sculpture in Cordoba between the 14th and 20th centuries. The most important group of exhibits at the Fine Art Museum in Cordoba is dedicated to Andalusian Baroque painters such as Zurbarán, Antonio del Castillo, Valdés Leal and Palomino. The cultural atmosphere of Cordoba over the centuries is very well represented by the works of Jiménez Aranda, Carlos de Haes, Romero Barros, Regoyos, Santiago Rusiñol, Sorolla, Zuloaga and Gonzalo Bilbao.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada
Inaugurated in 1839, the museum was moved to its current location, Carlos V Palace, in the grounds of the Alhambra, in 1950. The mainstay of the collection are paintings and sculptures the 15th-20th centuries, with works by artists such as Sánchez Cotán, Alonso Cano and Mariano Fortuny. It is divided into four main sections: Renaissance and Mannerism, Granada Baroque, 19th-century painting in Granada, and finally, the beginning of the 20th century to the Avant-garde.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla
Set in the old Merced Calzada Convent, which dates from the beginning of the 17th century, its collection includes works that go from the Gothic period through to the 20th century. The Seville Museum of Fine Art's collection has come together over its history, thanks mainly to ecclesiastical items that have been sold off, private donations and public acquisitions. It has numerous rooms where you can see brilliant works by artists such as El Greco, Pacheco, Velázquez and Alonso Cano, amongst others. In the exhibition, special mention should be made of the area dedicated to Murillo and to the Seville school of the 17th century. Also outstanding are the religious paintings by Zurbarán.
Museo de Cádiz
The museum offers a journey that goes from Phoenician and Roman culture through to 20th century Spanish painting. The Museum is divided into three sections: Phoenician and Roman archaeological artefacts, with outstanding Phoenician sarcophagi from the 5th century BC; Fine Art, with paintings from the 16th-20th centuries, including works by Zurbarán, Murillo and Rubens; Ethnography, where you can see Tía Norica traditional puppets, an example of Costumbrism in the Cadiz of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Museo de Huelva
The museum contains important archaeological remains. It is located in the broad Alameda Sundheim Avenue. It has two major sections: Archaeology and Fine Arts. The items on display take visitors on a journey back through the history of Huelva, from the Neolithic period through to Roman times. It has an interesting collection of Roman mining materials from Riotinto, with objects such as a waterwheel - the only one of its type that can be seen in Spain, and one of only a few in the world. The Fine Art section contains works by contemporary local artists.
Museo de Jaén
The museum is divided into two major areas: one dedicated to Fine Art, and the other to Archaeology. The ground floor has one of the most important collections of Iberian art in Spain. Objects include funerary treasures from several different necropolises, objects imported from the eastern Mediterranean, and sculptures from the Cerrillo Blanco and El Pajarillo sites. The upper floor is dedicated to Fine Art, and offers a vision of sculpture and painting from the 14th-20th centuries, along with an ample selection of works by artists from the province of Jaén.
Museo de Málaga
The museum collection includes painting, sculpture, furniture and a selection of 15th-18th century silverwork. The museum also has a collection of local paintings from the 19th century, which includes pieces by artists such as Muñoz Degrain and Enrique Jaraba, along with paintings by Sorolla, Salas and others. Furthermore, you can see two of Picasso's first works: Study of old people and The old man with the blanket.
Museo de Mallorca
The museum is located in a 17th-century mansion popularly known as "Ca la Gran Cristiana". This museum contains important archaeological remains, ranging from Talayotic figures to Moorish ceramics, and other items such as Gothic panels. Especially interesting is the collection of weapons, ornaments and spiritual symbols relating to the island's first settlers. There are also paintings, Renaissance and Baroque ceramics, and a section with modernistic furniture.
Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Ourense
The museum is located in the former Episcopal Palace of Ourense, dating from the 12th century. It contains items dating from the Palaeolithic period to the present day. The collections of objects from the prehistoric period, fortified Iron-Age settlements and the Roman era are particularly interesting. The most important section explores the Iron-Age hill forts and features an original collection of stone sculptures and warriors. Also worth noting are the funerary offerings from megalithic tombs and a selection of Renaissance and Baroque sculptures. The museum premises are currently undergoing refurbishment, and the exhibition spaces are closed. However, the San Francisco exhibition room is hosting the exhibition entitled 'Sculpture anthology', focusing on the sculpture series and certain key elements of this museum, such as the figures known as the 'guerreiros galaicos' and Renaissance sculpture.
Museo de Belas Artes da Coruña
The museum is located in an old 18th century Capuchin convent. The Fine Arts Museum is one of the main cultural focal points in Galicia. It contains over 5,000 pieces, with works from various artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture, engraving, ceramics and decorative arts. Artists such as Juan de Juanes, Murillo, Tintoretto and Rubens appear alongside Galician painters from the 19th and 20th centuries. The engravings room focuses on the outstanding figure of Goya, while there is another room that is a tribute to the ceramics of Sargadelos. There is also a temporary exhibition room.
Museo de las Peregrinaciones y de Santiago
This museum is divided into three floors, and is a tribute to Saint James the Apostle and the pilgrims who come to visit his relics. This museum highlights the importance of the popular devotion to St. James and the development of the pilgrimage routes to his tomb which started in the High Middle Ages, particularly in Europe. It consists of eight rooms which explain the origins of the cult of St. James through images, objects and documents, as well as the beginnings and evolution of the pilgrimages, how the different routes and the town of Santiago de Compostela gradually took shape, and the influence of these pilgrimages on the artistic development of this city's crafts guilds. The museum also has another site in the Plaza Las Platerías square, in front of the cathedral.
Museo Etnológico de Ribadavia
The museum shows the daily life of the various populations in the regions. The items in its collection cover the period from the late 19th century to the present day, and are arranged chronologically. Highlights include ceramics from various local production centres, traditional textiles and objects representing the ancestral trades in the province of Ourense. It also has a variety of typical folk costumes, and a small selection of toys and school material. There is also an interesting collection of photographs.
Collection provided by Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte
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