Archaeological Museum of Murcia

Murcia, Spain

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 as Casa de la Cultura. The Spanish State transferred the museum's management to the Murcia's regional administration in 1984, while retaining its ownership.

The museum houses one of Spain's most complete collections of Iberian archaeological items. Besides numerous examples of Iberian art, special mention should be made of items from El Algar (1900-1400 BC), discovered at various sites in the region.


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Founded: 1864
Category: Museums in Spain


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Tony Gore (13 months ago)
Excellent museum covering early murcia history
Mark (16 months ago)
Lovely little museum with free entry and friendly staff. Wasn't that busy when we went and the displays are well presented. The text is in Spanish only so make sure to download the app (shown in reception) which gives other language options for most of the displays. Cafe outside was very busy and whilst we didn't use it, seemed very popular!
Catherina Macari (19 months ago)
Located at the heart of Murcia city, the entry has a nice terrace restaurant, you get to know everything from the great settlement at the beautiful ancient city of Cartagena and the surrender areas. I just moved to that zone recently, after visiting the museum, discovered that next to my village is an old basilica dated early Christian time, century IV, well next site to explore soon !
Johan Rodriguez (20 months ago)
Great museum, with a lot of Iberian architecture, it's good to know about historical objects and moments
Ralph Phipps (2 years ago)
Really good introduction to the history of our species and their occupation of the surrounding area.
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