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Museum of Almeria

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Address: Carretera Ronda 91, 04005 Almeria, Spain
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+34 950 10 04 09
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

The Museum was initially set up in a building on calle Javier Sanz, and...

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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Probably one of the most interesting contemporary buildings in Almeria. Its façade expresses both contemporaneity and archaic monuments. Inside, the space is wide, nice, with a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Probably one of the most interesting contemporary buildings in Almeria. Its façade expresses both contemporaneity and archaic monuments. Inside, the space is wide, nice, with a lot of light, … It has a very nice, yet not really big, collection of archeological findings that illustrates Belgian archeologist Siret's famous words: "Almeria is Spain's largest archeology museum in the open air."... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum visited on our holiday. Children found very interesting. Lots to see. Particularly enjoyed the technology part where we got to test out some of the equipment. Happy that English was also available .

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

There was an excellent exhibition of black and white photos covering one artist's 50+ years. Not staged photos but shots taken in the street.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Try to go out of school hours, we were partly distracted by loud groups of children but enjoyed our informative visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

Not somewhere I would normally have visited, but found it to be really interesting with some inspiring exhibits and gave a real feel for the history of the area. Modern interpretation gives history a really interesting twist. Would highly recommend a visit. All exhibits have English translations - thank you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016

A really nice exhibition in a very modern building. the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. it is positioned just across the road from the railway station.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015

It was very interesting considering Almerias history. I would have liked to have spent more time there biscuit as on a short break you have to spread your time around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Very well organized, interactive and graphic. Should definately get more attention. Has won price for best museum in 2014.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2015

3 floors describing the human developmentvof the area, some fascinating exhibits, although some a bit dark and not all explained in English, still worth a visit also open all day and free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2015

Easy to find, FREE and everything is in English. It isn't huge and not very exciting but there are lots of interactive things for the kids and it is clean, tidy and interesting

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