Museums in Spain

Archeological Museum of Seville

The Archeological Museum of Seville is housed in the Pabellón del Renacimiento, one of the pavilions designed by the architect Aníbal González. These pavilions at the Plaza de España were created for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The museum"s basement houses the El Carambolo treasure, discovered in Camas in 1958. The treasure comprises 2950 grams of 24 carat gold and consists of golden bracelets, a go ...
Founded: 1929 | Location: Seville, Spain

Julio Romero de Torres Museum

The Julio Romero de Torres Museum is notable for containing the largest collection of the famous Cordoban painter Julio Romero de Torres. It is located in the building of the old Hospital of la Caridad, which also houses the Museum of Fine Arts of Córdoba. After the death of Julio Romero de Torres on May 10, 1930, Francisca Pellicer, widow of the painter, and their children, Rafael, Amalia and María, decided to create ...
Founded: 1931 | Location: Córdoba, Spain

Burgos Museum

Burgos Museum offers the chance for visitors to explore the historical and cultural evolution of this province in the Castile-León region. It has various different sections such as prehistory and archaeology, located in the Casa de Miranda, a Renaissance palace. Here you can see objects from Atapuerca and Ojo Guareña, and also from the Iron Age necropolis of Miraveche, Ubierna and Villanueva de Teba, along with Roman ...
Founded: 1846 | Location: Burgos, Spain

Archaeological Museum of Córdoba

The Archaeological museum of Córdoba represents the most complete collection of historic Spanish artifacts in the world, with a staggering 33,500 items in total. Exhibits include prehistoric artifacts, ancient Iberian items including sculptures and reliefs, Moorish art, Roman antiquities, and archaeological finds from Medina Azahara. Located at the Palacio de los Páez de Castillejo, the museum grounds are also home to a ...
Founded: 1868 | Location: Córdoba, Spain

Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria

Cantabria Prehistory and Archaeology Museum conserves all the artefacts and remains recovered by archaeological excavations in the region. It therefore has collections of stone and bone objects from all the decorated caves, such as La Garma, Altamira, El Castillo and El Pendo. The Museum was founded in the early twentieth century with the material collected mainly by J. Carballo. It was initially located in Sobrellano Pa ...
Founded: 1926 | Location: Santander, Spain

National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology

The National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology (Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática - ARQVA) in Cartagena is an underwater archaeology museum. It owns a large collection of pieces recovered from shipwrecks that begins in the Phoenician period, and arrives until the 19th century. On December 2, 2012, the 14.5 tons cargo of gold and silver coins recovered from the wreck of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercede ...
Founded: 1980 | Location: Cartagena, Spain

Museum of Cádiz

The Museum of Cadiz was founded in 1970 after the merger of the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts with the Provincial Museum of Archaeology. It is on three floors, archaeology on the ground floor, art on the first, and puppets on the second floor. Entry is free for citizens of the European Union. The origin of the museum came in 1835, when art was confiscated from a monastery, including paintings by Zurbarán taken from the ...
Founded: 1970 | Location: Cádiz, Spain

Cartagena Naval Museum

The Cartagena Naval Museum is a military museum near the city port of Cartagena. It presents exhibitions related to naval construction.  The museum was opened in 1986. It has been moved to a new headquarters in the city"s seafront, in the former Maritime Instruction Headquarters, a historical building from the mid-eighteenth century that was constructed by the military engineer Mateo Vodopich. The building is in fro ...
Founded: 1986 | Location: Cartagena, Spain

Provincial Museum of Lugo

In 1932 the Provincial Council of Lugo created the museum in order to collect and protect the patrimony of the province, which were spread in individual collections and public institutions. At first, the museum would be located in the Palacio Provincial de San Marcos. In 1957 the museum is moved to the present location, the rooms of the old San Francisco convents and a new building designed by the architect Manuel Gómez ...
Founded: 1932 | Location: Lugo, Spain


Salinae is an important archaeological site in Vigo: an interesting tour of the only preserved solar evaporation marine saltworks from the Roman Empire. A suggestive staged space explains the creation and development of the Roman salt industry in Vigo and the utilisation of fishing resources. It is the recovery and museological presentation of a Roman site, an evaporation salt lake, in operation during 1st-3rd centuries ...
Founded: 0-300 AD | Location: Vigo, Spain

Historical Military Museum

Museo Histórico Militar de Cartagena is a military museum dedicated to Spanish Army History. Originally rectangular in shape, it had an area of 17,302 m2, formed by four pavilions and a central one that divided it into two bodies with its two courtyards. The Patio of Weapons or Ironworks is the one that is totally conserved. The first body of the current building is used by the Municipal Archive of Cartagena, the rest i ...
Founded: 1997 | Location: Cartagena, Spain

Archaeological Museum of Murcia

The Archaeological Museum of Murcia (Museo Arqueológico de Murcia; MAM) is a State-owned archaeological museum in Murcia. The Museum of Antiquities of Murcia was created by in 1864 by royal order, constituted as an added section to the Museum of Painting and Sculpture, created earlier in the year. In 1910, the museum moved to the Cerdán building. In the 1950s, the museum moved again to its current premises, also known ...
Founded: 1864 | Location: Murcia, Spain

Son Marroig

Son Marroig is a country house & museum dedicated to the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847-1915). The Archduke"s home at Son Marroig, outside Deia, has been turned into a shrine to his memory, with his photographs, paintings and books and a museum devoted to his life in 1928. In the gardens is a white marble rotunda, made from Carrara marble and imported from Italy, where you can sit and gaze at the Na F ...
Founded: 1928 | Location: Deià, Spain

Palace of Augustin

The Palace of Augustin was built in 1912 by the architects Julián de Apraiz and Javier Luque, designers of the New Cathedral of Vitoria-Gazteiz. They followed the taste of the wealthy families of that time. It was Don Ricardo de Augustin, developer of many other buildings, who ordered its construction. The Palace of Augustin is currently the Museum of Fine Arts of Álava (Museo de Bellas Artes de Álava). The mus ...
Founded: 1912 | Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Archaeological Museum of Jerez

The Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Jerez de la Frontera is an archaeological museum established in 1873 as the Municipal Archaeological Collection, merging collections donated by wealthy individuals, and based at the Old City Hall of Jerez de la Frontera. The museum opened to the public in 1935. The collection includes a Corinthian helmet, extremely rare in Spain, found near the city"s Charterhouse by the riv ...
Founded: 1873 | Location: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Museo de Palencia

The museum of Palencia is housed in the Casa del Cordón, a 16th-century Renaissance-style building. Inside it contains numerous items dating from prehistoric times through to the Middle Ages, as well as a large collection of remains from the Roman period. Highlights include the collection of Celtiberian objects found at the Monte Bernorio, Tariego and Palenzuela excavations.
Founded: 1997 | Location: Palencia, Spain

Municipal Museum of Ciutadella

The Municipal Museum of Ciutadella is a general history and archaeological museum with a permanent exhibition on the history of Ciutadella and of the island itself from prehistoric times through to the Muslim era and the arrival of king Alfonso III in 1287. Visitors can take a tour through the island"s various historical periods, represented by the archaeological remains and artefacts on display. The Historic and Art ...
Founded: 1935 | Location: Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain

Museum of Almería

The Museum of Almería maintains the largest collection of archaeological remains in Almería. In 2006 the museum moved to a new building designed by Ignacio García Pedrosa and Ángela García de Paredes. The permanent exhibition is located on the first and second floors of the building and they focus mainly on the hunters" and foragers" society. On the second floor, is a metal structure in the middle of the r ...
Founded: 1934 | Location: Almería, Spain

Royal Mint

The Royal Mint (Real Casa de la Moneda) in Segovia was founded by Philip II and designed by Juan de Herrera. It now holds two museum spaces: the Museum of the Casa de la Moneda and the Aqueduct Interpretation Centre. Located beside the Eresma River and the Alcázar palace, it is the oldest example of industrial architecture still existing in Spain. It operated as a Royal Mint between 1586 and 1869, and still conserves it ...
Founded: 1586 | Location: Segovia, Spain

Kurutzesantu Museum

The Kurutzesantu Museum is a museum located in Durango, created to house the Kurutziaga Cross, a sculpted Gothic cross believed to date from the 15th–16th centuries AD. The Kurutziaga Cross, made of dark sandstone, is 4.3 metres high and fully adorned with relief carvings. The lower part of the upright, representing sin and retribution, features the serpent of Eden with a woman"s head; above it are scenes of Adam ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Durango, Spain

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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La Iruela Castle

The castle of La Iruela, small but astonishing, is located on the top of a steep crag in Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. From the castle, impressive views of the surrounding area and of the town can be enjoyed.

The keep dates from the Christian era. It has a square base and small dimensions and is located at the highest part of the crag.

There are some other enclosures within the tower that create a small alcázar which is difficult to access.

In a lower area of the castle, protected with defensive remains of rammed earth and irregular masonry, is an old Muslim farmstead.

After a recent restoration, an open-air theater has been built on La Iruela castle enclosure. This theater is a tribute to the Greek and Classic Eras and holds various artistic and cultural shows throughout the year.


The first traces of human activity in La Iruela area are dated from the Copper Age. An intense occupation continued until the Bronze Age.

Originally, La Iruela (like Cazorla) was a modest farmstead. From the 11th century, a wall and a small fortress were built on the hill to protect the farmers.

Around 1231, don Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada, Archbishop of Toledo, conquered La Iruela and made it part of the Adelantamiento de Cazorla. Over the Muslim fortress, the current fortress was built.

Once the military use of the fortress ended, it was used as cemetery.