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Museum of Almeria

Carretera de Ronda 91 | Entrada por C/ Hermanos Pinzón, 04005 Almeria, Spain
+34 950 10 04 09
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it's free and in a nice part of town. the pieces are ancient with history that is well told. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
andip26
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Very interesting experience with lots of exhibits set in a lovely modern building, the Spanish are... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
Brian S
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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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Carretera de Ronda 91 | Entrada por C/ Hermanos Pinzón, 04005 Almeria, Spain
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

it's free and in a nice part of town. the pieces are ancient with history that is well told. The Museo it self is clean and over 4 floors with a lift.

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Very interesting experience with lots of exhibits set in a lovely modern building, the Spanish are really into history and culture and every time I visit a museum there's a school trip which is a great way to interest children in their history. Again I...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Most of the exhibits centre around excavated grounds and the preservation of ceramic pots, bronze jewellery and human remains (re ancient burial customs). I found this to be a fascinating place to stop and explains a lot about the many civilisations that made up the...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Well worth visiting the Museum of Almeria if you are staying close by or in the town. Gives an excellent history of the area in a well documented history and good displays

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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Artifacts from the immediate area can be found here...an awesome collection of local relics are well displayed here. A must see for anyone interested in history and local history in particular....Good Job!

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

A central archaeological display makes the passing of time and events into a very understandable context Start with the Neanderthal level on the ground floor and progress upwards as the displays mirrors the passing of time..easy to appreciate for children and older children..well worth a...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018 via mobile

The museum was well laid out and informative about the history of the area. The displays had English explanations as well as Spanish. Moorish and Roman artefacts were shown in detail. There were models of how villages and small towns might have developed. It was...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Sculpture from 5th or 6th century BC on the ground floor of a man with 2 horses kneeling on either side of him, seeming to eat out of his hand. Very well-presented displays, with maps, pictures and installations helping you make sense of the artefacts....More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

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.

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Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

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

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It had ramps at entrance and lifts inside.
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