Malaga Museum Guide

Welcome to Malaga, one of Spain's most beautiful cities. Malaga is also a city of many museums, where one can admire art, learn, and entertain oneself. There are several other museums that are in construction and projected to open in the next few years.

1. Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga

The Palacio de Villalon dates from the 16th century and was occupied by the Fernandez de Villalon Family. A source says that Fernandez de Villalon was a conquistador. This palace was renovated to house the new museum and the museum was inaugurated on March 24, 2011. The museum occupies a space of 7147 square meters, of which 5185 square meters will be used for displays, and the rest will be used for administrative purposes. The building has five stories. There is a beautiful Renaissance patio near the entrance that has galleries in two stories. The color used in the museum is a very light beige, used on the floor and the walls, and this shows off the paintings marvelously. The museum is very close to the Plaza de la Constitucion, in the historic center of Malaga.

The new museum has a permanent collection of 230 paintings belonging to the Baronesa Carmen Thyssen, also known in Spain as Carmen Cervera. Most of these paintings show art created in the 19th  century, and could be called Romantic art.  Of the 230 paintings, there are 133 paintings that belong to the Andalusia Collection, because they have themes of Andalusia, such as Andalusian patios, the Andalusian countryside, flamenco dancers, bull fights, toreros, and beautiful Andalusian women in traditional dress, and these were created mainly by Andalusian artists. Many of these paintings have never been shown in museums before and this is the biggest collection in the world with this theme. The identity of this museum will be closely tied to this theme.

Some of the artists that are on display are Jose Dominguez Becquer, Genaro Perez Villaamil, Alfred Dehodencq, Maria Fortuny I Marsal, Martin Rico Ortega, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, Dario de Recoyos y Valdes, Julio Romero de Torres, Jose Gutierrez Solana and Jimenez Aranda. Others are Ramon Casas, Hermen Anglada, Joaquin Sorolla, Emilio Grau Sala, Antonio Muñoz Degrain, and Ignacio Zuloaga. There are some 20th century artists, such as Picasso.

There are three paintings by Joaquin Sorolla. One of the most beautiful paintings is his Patio de la Casa Sorolla, which shows the patio in his house in Madrid.

The aim of the Baronesa Carmen Thyssen is to popularize 19th century Spanish paintings, which are not very well known in Spain or the world. Her collection has popular paintings, and no official paintings of history. These paintings were eclipsed in the past by paintings from the previous era, such as those of Goya, and paintings from the succeeding era, such as those of Picasso. 

It is expected that this museum will get temporary exhibitions after they are shown in the Thyssen Museum in Madrid.

Calle Compañia, 10

Palacio de Villalon

Tel: 952-601-151



Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00 H.

Closed Monday.

2. Picasso Museum of Malaga

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881 at a house in the Plaza de la Merced, where there is now the Picasso Casa Natal Museum. He left Malaga to study art in Madrid, then went to Barcelona and later Paris. He became one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, one of the most revolutionary. He was a cofounder of the cubism style of painting. During his lifetime he said that he wanted his pictures to be exhibited in his native city of Malaga. Picasso’s oldest son was named Paul, who married Christine. They had a son called Paul. 

When Picasso died in France in 1973, his estate was divided between the French government (in lieu of taxes) and his family. Christine was then a widow and several years ago, she and her son Paul decided to exhibit their Picasso paintings in Malaga. She worked with the Government of Andalucia to have a museum built to honor Picasso. There were already two other Picasso museums in Europe, one in Barcelona and another in Paris. But there was no museum in Malaga yet.

The government found a home for the museum in the Palacio de Buenavista, a historic palace built in the 16th century. The palace has Italian and Mudejar elements and is an elegant building. Christine Ruiz-Picasso wanted her collection to be housed in a typical Andalusian house. The government had the building remodeled for the museum and the remodeling was finished in 2003. In October 27, 2003, the museum was inaugurated by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. There are a total of 233 pieces of art in the museum, many of them are ceramics. The collection is considered comprehensive with many artworks covering all of Picasso’s career.

Palacio de Buenavista
Calle  San Agustín, 8
Tel: (34) 952 127600

Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm
Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 8 pm

December 24th and 31st, 10 am to 3 pm

Closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st

Ticket sales cease 30 minutes before closing time.

3. Museum of Glass and Crystal

The Museum of Glass and Crystal at Calle Gaona, 20,  is the only museum of its kind in Andalusia and it opened on Sept. 1, 2009. The museum displays about 700 objects of glass and crystal, dating from Egyptian and Roman times to the present. The museum is located in a carefully restored 18th century palace in downtown Malaga, the palace having been built by an Italian family. Unlike other museums that seem sterile, this museum shows the glass and crystal objects in a home setting, with period furniture and decoration of that time. For example, if the glass objects come from the 19th century, the room will have a wood and glass cabinet where these objects are displayed. There will be chairs, sofas, paintings, mirrors, porcelain, lamps and carpets from the 19th century.

The bottom floor has many English stained glass windows with Pre-Raphaelite motifs, such as one made in 1880 by Albert Moore. The stairs going to the second floor have beautiful antique ceramic tiles decorating the stairs. The second floor has the rooms divided by the time periods of the glass and crystal displayed.

There are glass and crystal objects from every important  and historic European manufacturer, such as Lalique, Webb, Wedgewood, Galle, Daum, and La Granja. This museum has some of their most beautiful samples, in every conceivable color. A visitor is overwhelmed by the beauty of these objects. The value of these antiques is astronomical. The museum really is also a decorative arts museum, with the best examples of period furniture.  Malaga is very lucky to have this new and unique museum.

On June 18, 2010, the City of Malaga held its First Edition of the Premios Malaga at the Cine Albeniz to honor outstanding citizens of Malaga. Mayor Francisco de la Torre awarded the Culture Award to Gonzalo Fernandez-Prieto. Gonzalo is the first recipient of this award, for his work in opening the new Museum of Glass and Crystal.

Calle Gaona, 20 (In front of the Church of San Felipe Neri)

Tel: 952-221-949

Website: http://www.museovidrioycristalmalaga....

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00H. Visits are guided.

Mondays are closed.

4. CAC Malaga- Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga

This museum is located on Calle Alemania. The CAC Malaga opened its doors in 2003 and is owned by the City of Malaga. The building was the old Wholesaler’s Market, which was remodeled to be the museum in 2000. There are 6000 square meters of space with 2400 square meters of exhibition space. There are plans to expand the museum building. The aim of this museum is to promote and disseminate 20th and 21st century visual art. International art of this period is of interest to the museum. The collection of the museum consists of 400 pieces of art that have been lent by the owners for periods of 3 to 5 years.

The museum has many temporary exhibitions throughout the year and these are mostly monographs of one particular artist, who is invited to attend the opening of the exhibition. The museum has a list of people who are notified of new exhibitions and are invited to the openings of these exhibitions. One just has to ask the desk at the entrance to add one’s name to this list. It is interesting to talk to the artists who come and interact with these artists, many who are famous internationally. Entrance is free.

Calle Alemania s/n
Tel. (+34) 952-120-055

Opening hours:

 (from 22nd June to 20 20th September)

Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00 h.

*Rest of the year:

Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 20.00 h.

Monday closed.

5. Automobile Museum of Malaga

(Museo Automovilistico de Malaga)


Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15

(Old Tabacalera Building)



Transportation: Take Bus No. 16 from the Alameda Principal. The bus leaves one at a bus stop in front of the Tabacalera. Tell the bus driver you want to get off at Tabacalera.





Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00H.


Dec. 24 and 31: 10:00 to 15:00H.


Closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1.



The old Tobacco factory called Tabacalera dates from 1927. It has not been used in years. Now it contains the Automobile Museum of Malaga, which has 85 vintage cars on exhibition in a space of 6000 square meters. They are displayed in thematic groups by the years they were produced. These groups are the Belle Epoque, The 20's, Art Deco, La Dolce Vita, Dream Cars, Eccentricity,  Popular Cars, English Tradition, Alternative Energies, and Tuning. Another collection called the Motor Gallery has the engine as a work of art. There is also a collection of 300 fashion hats from the past in the collection called From Balenciaga to Schiaparelli.

The owner of the cars is Joao Manuel Magalhaes, who is from Oporto, Portugal. His father started the collection and Joao continues collecting. He offered Portugal the opportunity to fund a museum for the collection, but that government was not interested. So Magalhaes decided to bring the collection to Spain. He approached the Ministry of Culture and made his proposal. The Ministry of Culture sent solicitations to the major cities of Spain and Malaga was the first city to offer to build the museum. The Mayor of Malaga and all his councilors went to Portugal to see the collection and talk to Magalhaes, and they came to an agreement in 2007. The City of Malaga has spent 9 million euros in building the museum in the Tabacalera building. The collection of cars is worth around 25 million euros and is one of the most important collections of vintage cars in the world.

The museum shows the cars as works of art. The car in the 20th century has been the symbol of aristocrats and artists have embellished cars with their ideas of beauty. There is a Unic from 1920 with the design of Sonia Delaunay. Another car is a Rolls Royce from 1966 that is called the Flower Power, because of its painted design reflecting the psychedelic art of that time. Another Rolls Royce from 1985 is called the Swarovsky because it is decorated with crystals from that company. There is an Excalibur USA, an extravagant car made famous by owners such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. There are cars that have historic value, such as a Mercedes 540K which was used by Heinrich Himmler. Another car is a Lancia Italia, used by Mussolini for parades. This museum really shows its cars as works of art.


 6. Museum House of Dolls

This museum is located at Calle Alamos, 32. The first miniature doll house was made in the 16th century and was ordered by the Duke of Baviera for his daughter. Since then the doll houses have been collected by aristocrats and have been placed in their palaces, and the houses were as elaborate as their owners could afford them. After the Enlightenment, the first museum collections started to appear in Holland and England, followed by other European countries and the United States. Malaga is lucky to have its own museum of doll houses in the center of the old town, in a restored Baroque palace of the 18th century. The beautiful patio of the house has a traditional Andalusian design and is filled with light.

This is a private museum owned by Voria Harras, a native of the city. When Voria was young, she studied art and painting. When she was an adult and married, she passed a street one day and saw a doll house in the show window of a store and stopped to admire it. She did this everyday, spending time admiring it. Her husband then decided to buy it for her and brought it to their house. When her mother saw the doll house, she wanted to know where Voria obtained it. To make a long story short, it turned out that her mother had owned it when she was young! Since then Voira has had a magnificent obsession to collect these doll houses and restore them. She learned architecture and how to restore crystal, glass, and wood, everything connected with these miniature houses. Voira created the museum to share the joy of seeing her collection with the whole world, and this museum has the biggest collection of antique doll houses in Spain today.

The museum now has 50 of these restored houses, the earliest a house from Cadiz that dates from the early 19th century. The collection has houses that date to 1950. There are houses from Granada, Madrid, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cordoba, Asturias, Palma de Mallorca, Jaen, Valencia, as well as other regions of Spain. The houses have traditional Spanish architecture for the time periods in which they were made. Most of them were acquired in antique stores. Every house on exhibit has its own explanation in Spanish and English. The furniture in the houses are representative of real furniture used during the date the houses were made, so really it is a history of the country, its architecture, and its decorative arts.  The miniature houses have miniature chandeliers, furniture, carpets, and other furnishings. Seeing them is really a very enjoyable learning experience. Besides the doll houses, there are also dolls that have been collected by the owner. Some have traditional Andalusian costumes.



Calle Alamos, 32


Tel: 952-210-082







Tuesday to Sundays: 11:00 to 13:30H.




7. Popular Arts Museum (Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares)



This museum is located at Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10. It is located in a building that Franciscan monks of the Convent de la Victoria constructed in 1632, so the building is called Meson de la Victoria. There is a central patio with rooms around it, typical of houses of the 17th century. The museum is an ethnographic museum that explains the traditions of Malaga in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. There are many exhibits that show tools used in iron making, winemaking, fishing and baking, among other things. There is a marvelous collection of clay figures showing people of many trades. There are advertising posters and labels of raisin boxes that show beautiful women in native dress.



The most interesting are two big paintings of the beautiful Malagueña Anita Delgado. She was a young and poor girl who went to Madrid and started working as a dancer in a club there. The Maharaja of Kapurtala fell in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage. She was then sent to Paris to get the manners needed to be a princess. The Maharaja then married her and brought her to India. To her surprise, he already had three other wives. So Anita tried as best as she could to adjust to court life, with most of the people there against her. She later had a boy with the Maharaja. Later on she asked for a divorce from him and came back to Paris and Madrid to live the rest of her life. She donated a coat to the Virgin de la Victoria, which is studded with precious stones. This is now found in the museum of that church. The biography of Anita Delgado is found in two recent best sellers and a famous Spanish actress has bought the movie rights because she wants to make the movie and act the part of Anita Delgado.



Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10


Tel: (+34) 952-217-137





Monday to Saturday: 10:00-13:30 H


Afternoons, Monday to Friday: Winter: 16:00-19:00 H, Summer: 17:00-20:00 H




8. Wine Museum of Malaga



The new Wine Museum of Malaga is located in the Palacio de las Biedmas (Plaza de los Viñeros, 1), an 18th century building that has been completely remodeled in the interior, but maintains its original facade. There is a guided visit every half hour from the museum's opening time, and this is given by multilingual guides, who are very friendly and informative. Every room has tablets in different languages that explain the exhibits in the room.



The ground floor has more than 400 lithographs of posters and labels from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, some of which are really works of art and very beautiful. There are also lithographs that were used on raisin boxes.



The first floor has a presentation about the history of wine in Malaga. The Phoenicians started the wine industry in Malaga about 3000 years ago when they landed in Malaga. After them came the Greeks and the Romans, who maintained the wine industry. Later came the Moors, who also had a wine industry. To circumvent their law of avoiding alcohol, they said the wine was going to be used for medicinal purposes. In the 18th century the wines of Malaga started winning prizes in Europe. The czars of Russia developed a taste for them and allowed their importation to Russia without having to pay taxes.



There is an explanation of how wine is grown in the five regions of Malaga. There are several different grapes that are now used and these are explained. The museum also shows several old wine presses and explains the current process of aging the wines and achieving a uniformity in the wine.



After the guided tour there is a wine tasting of two wines, one a dry wine and the other a sweet wine. There are about 120 different wines that are shown in the wine tasting room and one can buy them there at prices that are below retail. This museum is an enjoyable place to understand the wines of Malaga and to try them. 



Plaza de los Viñeros, 1


Tel: 952-228-493


Admission: 5€. This includes a wine tasting of two wines.





Winter: Oct. 1 to March 31 - Tuesday to Sunday - 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Summer: April 1 to Sept. 30 - Monday to Saturday - 12.00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Closed Jan. 1 and 6, December 24,25, and 31, and Holy Thursday.




9. Museo Interactivo de la Musica - Malaga (MIMMA)

The Interactive Museum of Music, newly located in address Calle Beatas 15, is a little known museum in Malaga, perhaps because of its previous location which was underground. However it merits attention because it is a very interesting museum, and it will please people of all ages, but is fascinating for young people because it is interactive.

The museum holds a collection of about 400 musical instruments, from many different countries, and from many different ages. The owner of this very large musical instrument collection is Miguel Angel Piedrola Orta. He has more than 1000 instruments in his collection, but only about 400 are displayed in this museum for lack of space. His collection is one of the largest in Europe.

Music has been around since prehistoric times and music was used to display to others what one felt, what one's mood was. It was used to transmit feelings, moods, and ideas to others. Music was used to communicate with others.

There are many displays that have a red triangle on them and this indicates that the display is interactive. Many show musical instruments that can be touched and played. Others have videos that can be watched and feature people playing the wide variety of musical instruments. One interesting display features flamenco and the music of Andalusia. An interesting explanation is that of classical music, how it started in Europe. The German composers such as Beethoven were the first to play it. Later other European countries had their composers create music that was representative of their own countries, such as Falla composed music for the Spanish.

Address: Calle Beatas, 15 (in the historic part of the city)

Tel: +34 952 210 440Opening hours:

Mondays: 10:00-14:00
From tuesday till sunday: 10:00-14:00, 16:00-20:00
24 and 31 de december: 10:00-14:00

Closed: 25 december | 1 and 6 january


General: 4€
Students, seniors and groups: 3€
Children less than 6 years old: free(accompained by adult)
Closing starts from 19:30 (mondays 13:30)

Telf. 952 210 440


Updated: February 14, 2015


10. Municipal Museum of Malaga



The Municipal Museum of Malaga is located at Paseo de Reding, 1. It was inaugurated on March 6, 2007, by the Mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre Prados. The object of the museum was to showcase the artistic and historic heritage of the city. The Mayor was the one who had the idea for this particular museum.



There are more than 4000 pieces of art and documents in the collection. These include sculptures (76 pieces), paintings, graphic art, historic documents, and a big library of books. The permanent exhibit has 94 works that showcase the city and its history. Malaga is a city that has a very rich history of 2800 years, from the Phoenician times to the present. The exhibition explains this history to the visitor and is found in 3 salons.



The museum usually runs special exhibitions highlighting one particular artist, a monograph of the work of the artist. It also prints a book about the exhibition. The museum has ample space on the upper floors for big exhibitions.



Museo del Patrimonio Municipal de Málaga
Paseo de Reding, 1
Tel. 952-225-106







Autumn/Winter: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00 h.
Spring/Summer: Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 to 21:00 h.
Closed Mondays, Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and 6


Free entrance.




11. Malaga Flamenco Museum


Peña Juan Breva
Calle Picador, 2,
Tel: 952-221-380


Hours: 10:00 to 14:00 H from Monday to Friday.


Entrance fee to the museum is 1€.



The Malaga Flamenco Museum is owned by the City of Malaga. The Peña Juan Breva runs the museum for the city. A peña is a club and this club is named after the late Juan Breva, who is considered one of Malaga's best flamenco singers. This club has the aim pf promoting flamenco.



When one enters the museum, one finds a bar with plenty of space, where one can order tapas. Downstairs there is a big room for performances that sits about 80 people. There are two upper floors that contain the museum. The museum has a large number of paintings of posters, famous flamenco dancers and singers, many of the paintings having been done by Eugenio Chicano, one of Malaga's famous painters, who is also a member of this club. There is a collection of flamenco guitars, sculptures, flamenco costumes, Spanish shawls, small flamenco figurines, documents, books, and posters that explain flamenco. The collection of memorabilia is impressive and interesting. There is a club volunteer every day to give explanations to visitors.



The club holds a free flamenco song performance every Friday night at 23:00 H in the basement. On the first Saturday of the month there is a lunch (20€) and performance. Every Wednesday there are guitar lessons at 19:00 H.




12. Fundacion Picasso - Casa Natal Museum




The Picasso Casa Natal Museum is a museum located in the building where Pablo Picasso was born, and is located at the Plaza de la Merced, at one of the corners of the square. This museum was opened in 1988 and is owned by the City of Malaga. The museum owns 3500 works of art by 200 artists, one of them of course being Picasso.

 Among art done by Picasso are sketches, engravings, graphic work, and ceramics. Many of these items were donated by Christine Picasso, his daughter-in-law (widow of Paul), and Marina Picasso, Picasso’s granddaughter and Paul’s daughter. Many of the artists were contemporaries of Picasso. Other items were acquired by the City of Malaga and the Fundacion Picasso.

 Opening times:


From Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 20:00. Closed on Sunday afternoon and bank holidays.





Museum & temporary exhibition. Admission fee: 1 €


Free admission:
- Senior citizens
- Youths aged up to 17 (accompanied by an adult)
- Students up to 26 years old with student ID




13. Marine Centre-Museum




The Marine Centre-Museum was created in 1989 to disseminate knowledge on the wealth and variety of marine life in the Alboran Sea. The Alboran Sea is the sea adjacent to the Costa del Sol. The museum also wants visitors to be more aware of the need to take care and protect our marine environment. This museum is a perfect place to bring young children.



There are different exhibition areas. The Aquarium Room has containers with species that have been collected by the Museum, together with donations by local fishermen. The Man and the Sea Room contains a fishing boat and all the instruments required for naval navigation. There is an Invertebrates Room which displays many conches and giant squid. The Turtle Patio has many turtles that are in different phases of recovery before they are returned to the sea.



Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia, 35.


Tel: 952-229-287




Price: 3 euros.
Hours: 10:00 - 14:30 h.