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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