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“Perfectly pleasant little museum”

Archaeological Museum of Sevilla
Ranked #49 of 298 things to do in Seville
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Andalucía’s most important archaeological collection, housed in a pavilion in Maria Luisa Park, charts everything from the Neolithic age, through the Roman occupation to the time of the Moors. The stand-outs are a statuette of Astarte-Tanit, a Phoenician fertility goddess who held the Mediterranean in thrall around the 8th-century BC, and the Carambolo Treasures, a stunning hoard of gold jewelry from the 6th century which shows clear Oriental influence--and may leave you musing about the people who lived in Andalucía 1500 years ago. Closed on Mondays.
Reviewed June 12, 2012

This is a small, but perfectly acceptable little museum, located in the Maria Louisa Park. Depending on how you approach it, it isn't the most obvious thing to find. Seems odd, but there are many trees in the way and they tend to rather hide what lies behind.

However, it is worth finding to pass a pleasant hour wandering through the rooms and trying to make the most of the English signs amidst the all the Spanish information. There is a leaflet available in English to show you round, but the information is limited and you'd need to know something of history to make the most of it.

It is free to EU citizens (flash your passport or look resolutely British in our case). So, makes it worth a trip anyway!

There are some good finds from Italica (which rather negated the need to go there) and the jewel in the crown is the treasure of Carambolo, which is now located on the top floor. This unfortunately had everything in Spanish, so the context was rather lost, but it seemed to be their version of the Sutton Hoo find.

So, it was worth a visit, and offers a cultured relief from the blazing sun if nothing else. It was good to see some culture that wasn't endless churches, so would always win my vote.

5  Thank madamedefarge
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

It was very highly rated in my Green Michelin. However, there were a few disappointments. The Treasure of El Carambolo was not to be seen; the lower ground floor exhibition of pre-historic artifacts was underwhelming. On the other hand, this museum has an exceptional collection of Roman mosaics, sculptures and other items. However, photography is not allowed and there is neither bookshop nor even postcards for sale. Nor is there a refreshment room. As there is no charge for entry one can not complain. The collection is housed in a pavilion built for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929, in the much-loved Park of Maria Luisa where you can also visit some other museums.

1  Thank JuliannaLees
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

When I visit Seville, I always enjoy visiting this museum because there is so very much to see. The Roman remains are among the best in Spain. There are beautiful Roman statues and mosaic floors. They have cabinets where the ashes of Roman ancestors were placed. This museum is a wonderful learning resource and one can learn much of Roman life and its culture.

2  Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

You can walk to this museum from the Cathedral through a lovely park. The museum has artifacts from the prehistoric period through the Roman period. Everything is displayed beautifully! The Roman artifacts from Italica occupy almost the entire main floor. Statues and huge mosaics are placed in rooms suggesting their original locations. We were surprised at what a fine museum this is!!

4  Thank UsaAllie
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