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“Amazing and very informative”

MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum
Ranked #6 of 134 things to do in Alicante
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Amazing and very informative”
Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Very nice museum with detailed displays depicting the history of alicante. Though the information in English was just in one liners the displays and videos made up for the loss of info. Just 3 euros per person but only one drawback was that we arrived at the museum at 10.15 am and were made to wait due to the change in timings. POINT TO NOTE - from 1st jul to 30th Aug this museum won't open before 11.00 am. However, I'm glad we waited for 45 mins it was really worth. Also very close to MARQ tram station - 5 mins walk.

Visited July 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

One tram stop from the centre of Alicante is this modern and well presented museum which is an interesting and alternative way to spend the day. I suggest you allow at least three hours to visit all of these exhibits. Take the audio head set and go back in time from prehistoric to present day Alicante and surrounding areas. The site is very well set out and is comprehensive in showing off its artifacts. Staff were friendly and the overall experience, along with the small entance fee, was extremely satisfying. Only down side was the wait for a drink at the local cafe and some of the audio links didn't work.

Visited June 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Multimedia museum”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

The museum is close to the MARQ tram stop but is quite a walk from the town, just follow the main road, it takes about 30 minutes. The adult entrance fee was 3 euros.

You could easily spend at least a couple of hours or more in the museum. The exhibits are described in Spanish with a one-line summary in English. The items (pots, coins, clothes, jewelry, artwork, etc.) are in spacious rooms in chronological order. There are interactive descriptions of the exhibits on DVD and videos available in some rooms. They could do with some benches in the rooms though there is bench seating in the corridor. The opening hours are on their website.

The temporary exhibition El Reino de la Sal (to January 2014) was on the ancient Hallstatt salt mine in Austria (not Spain!) and was very interesting and informative.

The café in the courtyard does food and drinks, the price of the tea and coffee with milk was only 1 euro 30 (black coffee even cheaper at 1 euro).

If you fancy a bit of shopping when you’re near the museum, the Plaza Mar 2 shopping centre is close by, if you go there by tram you will have already seen it. If you’re leaving the museum, turn left out of the gate and left again into the next road, then straight ahead; you will see a footbridge over to the right which is how you walk to the centre.

Visited June 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“very different museum”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

visual and sound very good but exhibits labelling to small to read also no english. buy a combined ticket to 2 other archaeology sites

Visited June 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Nice compact museum”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

This museum won an Innovation award in 2004. The building is immaculate. In summer it is open 10am-7pm and the ticket is good for the whole day though it can be visited in about one/one and a half hours. Please note that the information provided with displays is in Catellan and Spanish only. I noted that there is an audio available but that option was not offered to me and I do not know in what language it is available. As this is school field trip time, I got a real feel for the importance of the museum for local kids i.e. to instill a love/curiosity for archeology. It is really nice that it incorporates reproductions of excavations along with visuals. Really appreciated the temporary exhibit on various aspects of archeology (gives children a window into possible careers). the guides (school visits) were excellent and the children totally taken by what they were seeing/hearing. The gift shop is a disappointment unless you are looking for speciality books.

Visited June 2013
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