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“A lovely place”
Review of Museum of Almeria

Museum of Almeria
Ranked #7 of 81 things to do in Almeria
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Owner description: The Museum was initially set up in a building on calle Javier Sanz, and shared the site with the School of Arts and Trades and subsequently with the "Celia Viñas" Secondary School. The name, Luis Siret, was added to the museum's name in tribute to the memory of this distinguished archaeologist. The collections and the museum were declared a Historical and Artistic Monument in 1962 (Decree no. 474 of 1 March). In 1979, the museum was transferred to the National Ministry of Culture which decided to adapt the former Colegio Menor de Santa María del Mar as the museum's new home, in 1981. It stands in this same square today. The inauguration took place on 22 October 1982. After that, it was called the Museum of Almería although this only became its official title in 1994. Because of the structural problems due to aluminosis, the building's poor state of conservation led to its closure to the public in 1991, although the museum's internal services continued to function. To reduce the impact of such a prolonged closure as much as possible, two permanent exhibitions were opened in 1995, with a small representative show of Prehistory and Ancient History in Almería outside the museum site, in two places at the Provincial Historical Archive and the Villaespesa Library. At a later date, a single exhibition was organised in the Villaespesa Library called "Archaeological Testimonies in the province of Almería". The Ministry of Culture decided to erect a new building on the same plot following the demolition of the old site. In the meantime, the inside areas were moved to buildings belonging to the Provincial Council, in the former Colegio Virgen del Pilar. Some of the storerooms were also moved there. The remaining items in storage were moved to the former Psychiatric Hospital. Architects Ángela García Paredes and Ignacio García Pedrosa were responsible for designing the new museum site. The result is a building in contemporary style. Its architectural design is primarily intended to provide a strategic makeover of the museum's location. The block, where it used to be, has been reorganised following the creation of a large public square that looks over the city, with an extensive gardened area intended as an area for relaxation. Inside, the spaces are impressively arranged to combine light, contrasting heights and aesthetics in attractive woodwork. The central space of the hall and double stairs give structure to the approach adopted in the architecture and museography, helping visitors to move freely on various themed tours. The building was awarded the PAD and ARCO 2004 prizes and was a finalist in the FAD awards in 2005. On 23 March 2006 the Prince and Princess of Asturias inaugurated the new site and opened the Museum of Almería to the public.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Nothing to dislike,very informative we enjoyed our visit,easy access walking round,disabled friendly



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Reviewed 17 March 2013

An interesting place to wander around at leisure, although you could miss it driving around the city, as it is in what appears to be a housing area. They have used interesting and innovative ways to describe the passage of time and the whole place is clean and well signed.

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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Opened in 2006 on 4 floors,l was the only person there..It is in parts quite interesting but l found it a bit confusing with the layout not helping..Moderately interesting

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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Now called the Museum of Almeria this is essentially a large and very well-laid out archaological museum, with some very interesting ways of displaying artefacts and with a lot of space to enjoy them. It's position (basically in a residential area) is a bit surprising but it is very good - and as for several other heritage/tourist sites, it is free for EU residents to visit and not much if you're non-EU.

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Reviewed 15 July 2012

This is a wonderful museum and time stood still when we visited. Free! what a bargain- amazing cross section of the earth from prehistoric times until now rising up through the museum- wonderful exhibits and artefacts. This is very user friendly made a real impression children would love it. Well done Almeria

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