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“Fascinating insight but video not for the squeamish!”
Review of Museo Taurino

Museo Taurino
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Typical Spanish Evening in Valencia
Ranked #92 of 296 things to do in Valencia
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Ok so there's obviously going to be a lot of negative reviews of this museum because it's bullfighting, but if you visit with an open mind you'll find a really well put curated museum with interesting exhibits and loads to read in English too!

There's lots of costumes belonging to former greats and very descriptive information about bullfighting in Valencia through the ages. You get a real sense of the mega-stardom of these bullfighters who were clearly the rock stars of their day. You get an insight into the development of the traditional bullfighting costume, how it offers a degree of protection and affords movement whilst looking frankly as blingy as possible!

The exhibition also informs you of the various roles of picador and banderillero, how they work with the torero to steer the bull and effectively create the show. There's information about how the bulls are reared for fighting, which again is not for the faint hearted, but interesting nevertheless. Finally there's a short video which shows the main elements of the bullfighting spectacle, from the torero's arrival through the crowds of well-wishers, to a solitary moment of prayer, before the various aspects of the fight itself including the final strike with a short sword in all its gory detail. The squeamish may want to avoid that part, it certainly brought the whole thing home to me.

Overall though there's a fascination with this tale of man vs beast, over 500 professional bullfighters have been killed in the arena, but it's this inherent level of risk that made it such a spectacle and such a firm part of Spanish cultural history for so long.

Finally, if there's no events on (weekends often have them) you can have a look round the arena itself. We didn't get to do this so I can't comment but it's a spectacular arena from both inside and out.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

The museum is pretty small, but it was interesting to see the costumes, the techniques and the history of bullfighting. A video in a separate room shows clips of bull fights in action (you may want to avoid it if you are with your kids).
The bull ring tour (which is included) was a nice experience, as we could walk out into the centre of the bull ring.
Overall it was a nice experience that gave us some flavors from the spirit of Spain.

Thank Florin A
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

To be honest, the bull fight is not for us, but given our hotel was quite close to the site and having checked out the Museum hours we called in. Entry is via a walking street just to the left of the Bull Ring itself and a ticket gives you access to the Ring and the Museum which is up a flight of stairs. The Ring was being prepared for the new season and the smell of fresh paint was much in evidence. It was fascinating to sit in the grandstand and finally walk into part of the main arena. The Museum is well set out, the displays and objects well chosen and it was good to learn the history and culture of this unique event.

Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

The museum in itself is not especially interesting.I have no knowledge about the bullfighting and there are some objects related to this practice in exhibition, but the scope of the museum is limited to this. What is bullfighting? The history of this show, its origins, the meaning of it, why so many people seem to enjoy it. That's what I would like to know.
Fortunately it is included a tour of the arena and you can actually stay in the middle of it, on the sandy ground where it all happens. Kind of rare and interesting experience to see the toreador's (or bull's) point of view...

Thank Iustin S
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

It's fascinating to read about the techniques and history of bullfighting. The costumes are beautifully decorated and the arena well worth visiting.

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