Popular Arts Museum

(Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares)

Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10

Tel: (+34) 952-217-137
Web: http://www.museoartespopulares.com/

Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 10:00-13:30 H

Afternoons, Monday to Friday: Winter: 16:00-19:00 H, Summer: 17:00-20:00 H

The Popular Arts Museum is located in a building that Franciscan monks of the Convent de la Victoria constructed in 1632, so the building is called Meson de la Victoria. There is a central patio with rooms around it, typical of houses of the 17th century. The museum is an ethnographic museum that explains the traditions of Malaga in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. There are many exhibits that show tools used in iron making, winemaking, fishing and baking, among other things. There is a marvelous collection of clay figures showing people of many trades. There are advertising posters and labels of raisin boxes that show beautiful women in native dress.

The most interesting are two big paintings of the beautiful Malagueña Anita Delgado. She was a young and poor girl who went to Madrid and started working as a dancer in a club there. The Maharaja of Kapurtala fell in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage. She was then sent to Paris to get the manners needed to be a princess. The Maharaja then married her and brought her to India. To her surprise, he already had three other wives. So Anita tried as best as she could to adjust to court life, with most of the people there against her. She later had a boy with the Maharaja. Later on she asked for a divorce from him and came back to Paris and Madrid to live the rest of her life. She donated a coat to the Virgin de la Victoria, which is studded with precious stones. This is now found in the museum of that church. The biography of Anita Delgado is found in two recent best sellers and a famous Spanish actress has bought the movie rights because she wants to make the movie and act the part of Anita Delgado.