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Museum of Almeria

91 Carretera de Ronda | Entrada por C/ Hermanos Pinzón, 04071 Almeria, Spain
+34 950 10 04 09
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Museum of Archaelogy

This museum is very well presented and is in a new building on Carretera de Ronda - the entrance is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chris T
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Well displayed archeological evidence

Wonderful free museum near city center in Almeria with English descriptions and information. A... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Don N
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The Museum was initially set up in a building on calle Javier Sanz, and shared the site with the School of Arts and Trades and subsequently with the "Celia Viñas" Secondary School. The name, Luis Siret, was added to the museum's name in tribute to the memory of this distinguished archaeologist. The collections and the museum were declared a Historical and Artistic Monument in 1962 (Decree no. 474 of 1 March). In 1979, the museum was transferred to the National Ministry of Culture which decided to adapt the former Colegio Menor de Santa María del Mar as the museum's new home, in 1981. It stands in this same square today. The inauguration took place on 22 October 1982. After that, it was called the Museum of Almería although this only became its official title in 1994. Because of the structural problems due to aluminosis, the building's poor state of conservation led to its closure to the public in 1991, although the museum's internal services continued to function. To reduce the impact of such a prolonged closure as much as possible, two permanent exhibitions were opened in 1995, with a small representative show of Prehistory and Ancient History in Almería outside the museum site, in two places at the Provincial Historical Archive and the Villaespesa Library. At a later date, a single exhibition was organised in the Villaespesa Library called "Archaeological Testimonies in the province of Almería". The Ministry of Culture decided to erect a new building on the same plot following the demolition of the old site. In the meantime, the inside areas were moved to buildings belonging to the Provincial Council, in the former Colegio Virgen del Pilar. Some of the storerooms were also moved there. The remaining items in storage were moved to the former Psychiatric Hospital. Architects Ángela García Paredes and Ignacio García Pedrosa were responsible for designing the new museum site. The result is a building in contemporary style. Its architectural design is primarily intended to provide a strategic makeover of the museum's location. The block, where it used to be, has been reorganised following the creation of a large public square that looks over the city, with an extensive gardened area intended as an area for relaxation. Inside, the spaces are impressively arranged to combine light, contrasting heights and aesthetics in attractive woodwork. The central space of the hall and double stairs give structure to the approach adopted in the architecture and museography, helping visitors to move freely on various themed tours. The building was awarded the PAD and ARCO 2004 prizes and was a finalist in the FAD awards in 2005. On 23 March 2006 the Prince and Princess of Asturias inaugurated the new site and opened the Museum of Almería to the public.
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91 Carretera de Ronda | Entrada por C/ Hermanos Pinzón, 04071 Almeria, Spain
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very well presented and is in a new building on Carretera de Ronda - the entrance is on the opposite side. It has interesting exhibits that cover from prehistoric (3000 BCE) to Almeria being capture from the Moors in the 1400s.

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful free museum near city center in Almeria with English descriptions and information. A beautiful building and an easy visit.

Thank Don N
Reviewed 11 October 2017

A 4-floor new facility, near train/bus stations, free entry. We were the only visitors during our 2-hour visit mid-day, mid-week, mid-October. Exhibits present material culture of Paleo and Neolithic culture of eastern Andalucía, the agricultural revolution, the rise of social classes, the arrival of the...More

Thank fatoldlady
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Interesting museum if you've a passion for archeology. But even if you haven't it is a good example of how materials dug up from deep in the earth can give effective and useful clues about how people lived and worked on the land over the...More

Thank Bonita427
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Laid out over 4 floors, with an enormous pillar reaching to the ceiling which represents the layers of history. The roman times are almost at the top! There are some videos with music which tell of the history of Almeria in an interesting way without...More

Thank K L
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The museum is a small journey through time highlighting the peoples and civilations starting from pre-historic times. As a person who now lives in Almería, I appreciated the connection to its past. The museum is free and can be seen in under an hour. It...More

Thank Jake G
Reviewed 5 May 2017

An early May visit must mean there are no crowds: we found parking on the street and wandered this museum with only one other visitor. It covers archaeological history from 15-20,000 BCE to the period of the Romans. Not at all overwhelming; interesting artifacts, cultural...More

Thank josjon
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Free museum next to bus and train station. Helpful staff, great artwork from local and national artists.

Thank catherine c
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A very well laid out museam - all exhibits displayed in Spanish and English. A unique way of presenting the material using a chronological approach that gets to the younger exhibits the higher you climb the building.

Thank Nick752
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Easy to find and FREE Entrance. Extremely well and imaginatively laid out over 4 floors with amazing exhibits and artefacts. There is a lift as well as stairs! Worth visiting.

Thank andydee2011
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