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“Superb Archaeological Museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Archaeological Museum of Sevilla

Archaeological Museum of Sevilla
Ranked #50 of 276 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.
Seville, Spain
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“Superb Archaeological Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Life in the Seville area goes back to prehistoric times. This museum covers from very early pre-historic times, to the Tartessians and Tartudians, to the Romans; plus a tiny bit of the Visigoths and the Arabs. The strength of the museum is that its holdings are all from the immediate region. Hispalis (Roman Seville) was a major Atlantic deep-water shipping port through which major shipments of silver, lead, garum (a salted fish sauce), wine, and olive oil was shipped to Rome. 10 km away was Itálica, the first Roman city built from scratch outside of italy and Sicily. Although never having a population exceeding 8000 it was home to three Roman Emperors (Trajan, Hadrian, and Theodosis I) and has the 4th largest amphitheater in the entire Roman world seating 25,000. it has been extensively excavated and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Most of the best statues, mosaics, and the like from Itálica are in the Seville Archaeological museum. But there are major items from other surrounding area Roman sites. The pre-Roman Iberian holdings are exceptional, especially large lion sculptures. A jewel of the collection are the pre-Roman Carambola gold works and others of the period that are exceptional and extremely valuable (most of the time replicas are on display, the originals locked in a bank vault, but on occasion have been displayed, including recently).

The displays are extremely effective (I especially like how they have displayed currency tying coins to a timeline) but also the display of monumental sculptures is exceptional, too.

What makes this museum so special is that it has a specific regional focus for which it has exceptional holdings with extremely effective displays.

The facility is a monumental building made for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition.

Living in Seville, but having frequent American guests, this is a top priority place to take them.

And for 1.50€ entrance for non-residents and non-EU citizens, it is an absolute bargain.

Visited April 2013
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perth
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“Bigger and more impressive then I thought”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Very well laid out, with amazing artifacts and historical back ground. A pity is that most of history and explanations are only in Spanish. However some English is used here and there.
We had the honor to see the gold jewellery, which was found in 1959.

Visited May 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Wealth of Remains in This Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

I am very interested in Roman remains and this museum is one of the museums with the largest amount of Roman remains in Spain. There is much to see. The floor mosaics are also very good.

Visited February 2013
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Graz, Austria
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“Great mosaics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

First of all, I did not have to put on shoes in this museum. Whether it was just because they didn’t notice or not I don’t care, it made the visit much more enjoyable. However, also in this case: free entrance for EU-citizens like me while charging 1,50 € for non-EU citizens is not comprehensible and unfair.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as its counterparts in Córdoba and Cádiz, but if you’re visiting the Parque de María Luisa (and you must), it’s well worth going in. The mosaics were great.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Modest, but interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

The importance of the Seville area in Roman times is well documented, but this museum goes back well before that to include the pre-Roman cultures in the region. Not a stupendous museum, but a nice visit for an hour or two.

Visited April 2012
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