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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
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
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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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An exceptionally well laid out museum

A very well laid out museam - all exhibits displayed in Spanish and English. A unique way of presenting the material using a chronological approach that gets to the younger... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Free museum next to bus and train station. Helpful staff, great artwork from local and national artists.

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

A very well laid out museam - all exhibits displayed in Spanish and English. A unique way of presenting the material using a chronological approach that gets to the younger exhibits the higher you climb the building.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Easy to find and FREE Entrance. Extremely well and imaginatively laid out over 4 floors with amazing exhibits and artefacts. There is a lift as well as stairs! Worth visiting.

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Very interesting exhibitions, spacious interior, you won't feel overwhelmed. Layers of the soil displayed in the center specifically caught my attention. Worth a visit.

Thank Kinga K
Bruselas, Bélgica
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

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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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 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 .

Thank Cat M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 May 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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Reviewed 20 April 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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Lewes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 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.

Thank Liz H
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 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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