Museum of Cádiz

Cádiz, Spain

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 Charterhouse of Jerez de la Frontera. Other paintings included the works of Murillo and Rubens. The collection grew during the century, due to the city's Academy of Fine Arts which practised romanticism and neoclassicism. In 1877, after a Phoenician sarcophagus was found in the city's shipyard, the Archaeological Museum was founded. However, it was not until 1970 that the two institutes, despite sharing the same building, were merged. From 1980, the architect Javier Feduchi planned a reform of the building in three phases, of which two have been completed.

In addition to the 19th-century pieces, the art museum has received contemporary art from the Junta de Andalucía. Its archaeological section has also received donations, particularly of coins. Despite a range of prehistoric findings from Southern Andalusia, due to local history, it has a lack of artefacts from the Middle Ages. The 'Tía Norica' set of puppets, used at the Carnival of Cádiz, was acquired by the State.



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Founded: 1970
Category: Museums in Spain


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Simon Ashworth (13 months ago)
A very good museum with very interesting exhibits. The layout is not the most sophisticated, however the quality of the exhibits is excellent and the entry price is very inexpensive.
Lewis Mindy (14 months ago)
Great museum to spend some quiet time. Archeology and fine arts. Lift available to 1st floor from ground. WCs. I believe EU people get in free but check that. As a non EU I paid only 1.50 euro which is excellent value. Steps up to the main entrance but a little to your left is a ramp up. Located in the beautiful Plaza de Mins.
Tomas Vertanauskas (15 months ago)
Entrance is free. Worth visiting. Lots of paintings and other historical stuff. Paintings look at details:) 4 floors. Antique stuff. Sculptures. Glass art. Toilet
equeveda (15 months ago)
Great ding dong amulets. Visit this museum if you wish for your wildest dreams to come true.
Adriana Ferreira Maluf Braga (2 years ago)
It's a very nice place, definitely worth the visit! It's not big, but it shows important aspects of the history of Cadiz.
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