1. Picasso Museum (Museo Picasso Malaga)
The Picasso museum is located in Calle San Augustín, right in the historic centre of the city, only 200 metres from the Plaza de la Merced where Picasso was born and raised. In addition, in that very same street Picasso went to nursery school and his father worked as a curator of the city museum. The building in which the museum is located is the Buenavista palace which was built in the first half of the 16th century. In 1939, it was declared a national monument and still contains some of the remains of a Nasrid palace which the Buenavista palace was built upon.
The museum was officially opened in 2003 by their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain. It was created in response to Picasso’s own desire for his artworks to be exhibited in his beloved place of birth: Malaga. There are 233 works in the collection and 43 further works by Pablo Picasso are on temporary loan. This collection of works illustrates a wide array of styles, techniques and materials representing Picasso’s lifelong work. You can also find a library and archive including over 800 titles on the artist, as well as several documents and photographs. Consequently, the museum is the perfect way to learn more about Picasso’s life and feel deeply impressed by his wonderful masterpieces.
Palacio de Buenavista San Agustín, 8,
For more information: http://museopicassomalaga.org
2. Carmen Thyssen Museum (Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga)
The Carmen Thyssen museum is located in the heart of Malaga with its main focus being on 19th century Spanish art, predominantly being Andalusian art. The majority of the collection is from one of the world’s foremost art collectors Carmen Thyssen, third wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. The museum opened in 2011, showing Carmen’s main artworks collected over the last 30 years.
The museum currently has 230 artworks, mainly illustrating Andalusian cities such as Córdoba, Seville and Malaga itself. Most famous artists included are Zurbaran, Sorolla, Zuloaga, and Romero Torres. The entire collection is divided into 4 segments: Maestros Antiguos (Old Masters), Paisaje Romantico y Costumbrismo (Romantic Landscape and Costumbrism), Preciosismo y Paisaje Naturalista (Preciocism and Naturalistic Landscape), and Fin de Siglo (End of Century). It can be ensured that the museum will bring traditional Andalusian art and its beautiful unchanged sceneries much closer to you.
Calle Compañía, 10,
For more information: www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org
3. Malaga Automobile Museum (Museo Automovilístico de Malaga)
This museum opened its doors in the year 2010 and houses the private collection of Portuguese car fanatic Joao Magalhaes. It is one the most important vintage car collections worldwide and has a value of 25 million euros.
The museum itself is housed in an old tobacco factory from the 1920’s, and with a size of 6,000 m2, offers plenty of room for all the precious cars to be exhibited. Besides 80 vintage and also a few modern cars, the museum also exhibits fashionable travel memorabilia such as hats and suitcases for those not only interested in cars. The collection consists of 10 areas dedicated to various eras and themes such as Belle Époque, Art Deco 30s, Dolce Vita 50s and a few solar-powered models.
Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15,
For more information: www.museoautomovilmalaga.com
4. Museum of Contemporary Art (CAC) (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga)
This museum is located in an area known as Soho de Malaga. It is a very modern and exciting art museum which is housed in a former market building containing a size of 2,400 metres. It is also referred to as the CAC Malaga and was first opened in 2003 by her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina. This museum is now considered as being one of the most important contemporary art museums in the whole of Europe.
The current collection consists of 400 artworks which have been loaned by private collectors for periods between three and five years. The focus lies on North American artists of the 1960s such as Lichtenstein and Stella. There are also temporary exhibitions dedicated to up-and-coming Spanish artists. The CAC Malaga also hosts guest lectures, courses and workshops for all ages.
Calle Alemania, s/n,
For more information: http://cacmalaga.eu/
5. Interpretation Centre Gibralfaro (Centro de Interpretación del Castillo de Gibralfaro)
This small museum is located near the entrance of the Gibralfaro castle and is housed in a building which has seen many varied uses over the years. It once used to be a church which was destroyed by French troops in the war of Independence before it was then the castle’s gunpowder store. Due to its exclusive military use of the castle, it was constantly occupied by soldiers for nearly 500 years.
Today, it is used as a small one-room museum which illustrates the castle’s history since the Reconquest. Here you can find a relief model of the castle situated on a hill and various military gear explaining daily life of soldiers in the castle. The museum also contains a collection of uniforms, weapons from the 16th to 20th century, sets of playing cards popular with soldiers and scientific and cartography instruments dating from the 18th century.
In addition, there is a small café inside the castle.
Camino de Gibralfaro, 11
6. Wine Museum (Museo del Vino)
The wine museum was first opened in 2008 and aims to illustrate the history of wine in the Malaga province to its visitors. The Malaga wine region is famous for its Moscatel, a very sweet and delicious dessert wine.
The museum itself is housed in the Palacio de Biedmas, built in the 18th century and located right in the heart of the city. On the ground floor you will find more than 400 labelled wine bottles and posters, dating from the 19th and 20th century. Here you can see the history of wine-making from the Phoenicians, to the Greeks and Romans and to the Moors. Furthermore, you can find out how the vines are grown, which kind of grapes grow here and how the wine is aged. At the end of the tour, you get to try some of these delicious wines, a taste you will never forget!
Plaza de los Viñeros, 1, 29008 Malaga
For more information: www.museovinomalaga.com/
7. Alborania Museum. Maritime Learning Centre (Museo Alborania-Aula del Mar)
The Alborania Museum was opened in 1989 in the centre of Malaga. It was a project by a group of students who wanted to interpret the marine environment and also encourage its protection and conservation. The museum offers an interactive experience to discover the extraordinary fauna and flora of the Alboran Sea, which is the westernmost part of the Mediterranean. You will learn to appreciate the natural and cultural heritage of the Andalusian coast and participate in the conservation of coastal areas and marine species.
There are several rooms conditioned to carry out marine environmental education activities. Here you will find a permanent exhibition of marine aquariums and cabinets with shells of marine animals as well as pieces related to boating, fishing, underwater archaeology etc. The museum represents a participatory place where you can touch whale bones, see marine organisms through the microscope or play on a boat simulator.
In addition, the museum offers activities including coastal routes, walks around the port and visits to various beaches and cliffs in the area. They also have workshops where you can discover the biodiversity of the Mediterranean, the anatomy of fish, life of sea turtles or the art of fishing.
Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Muelle 2, Edificio nº 2
Puerto de Malaga
For more information: http://www.auladelmar.info
8. Lagar de Torrijos Ecomuseum (Ecomuseo Lagar de Torrijos)
This museum is a traditional home-winery situated in the heart of the Nature Reserve Montes de Malaga. It was built in 1843 and represents a typical prototype of traditional Spanish housing. Here visitors can learn about how the local sweet wine has been made for centuries and even see an old olive mill and living quarters.
Entering the old building you will find an ancient press with its large tree trunk and a one-ton stone for crushing and squeezing grapes. There are several rooms spread across the building showing farm tools needed for working the crops grown on the land, and for growing the vines. You can also find a bread oven which is used for workshops in which visitors can bake their own bread the traditional Spanish way and even take it home.
Diseminado Casa Forestal Torrijos, 1. Carretera del Colmenar (Parque Natural de los Montes de Malaga)
For more information: www.educare-aventura.com , or call +34 600 62 00 54
9. Interactive Music Museum in Malaga (MIMMA) (Museo Interactivo de la Música de Malaga)
The MIMMA was inaugurated in 2002 and houses one of the most comprehensive private collections in Europe, with over 300 instruments from different periods, countries and civilisations. The museum is located in the 18th century Palacio del Conde Navas and contains a wide collection of musical instruments from all over the world, the majority of which can be played by visitors. It is intended for all kinds of visitors, from young to more mature and instead of encountering signs that say ‘Please don´t touch’, in this museum they will say ‘PLEASE PLAY!’.
The collection is very original, funny and dynamic, which makes this museum being the only one of its kind in the whole of Europe, due both to its scope and diversity of its exhibits. The museum surrounds visitors with sounds and makes use of latest technology to ensure an unforgettable experience. Being an extremely interactive museum, it promotes various cultural theme-based activities such as concerts, lectures, jam sessions, musical workshops etc. Visiting this museum will definitely be a memorable experience for you – so go and please play!
Calle Beatas, 15
For more information: www.musicaenaccion.com/mimma/
10. Museum and Tour Malaga Club de Fútbol (Museo & Tour Malaga Club de Fútbol)
Come and visit the Museum and tour Malaga Club de Fútbol where you are able to see the most exclusive areas of the Rosaleda Stadium. You can get a feel for the area the players gather before they go out and play and discover a historical collection of documents, objects, trophies and symbols of the team Malaga. In addition, you can walk right to the middle of the stadium where the finals of the world cup were hosted in 1982.
The museum offers an extensive tour in which you can live unforgettable experiences and visit the stadium´s unique installations. Visitors can try the presidential seat in the Royal box, discover the VIP grandstand area or attend the press room like coaches and players do. The access tunnel and pitch access area enables visitors to see the locker room and sit on the benches by the pitch.
At the end of the tour, you will be given insight to the special connection Malaga has with its football club that was inaugurated in the year of 1904. This museum is a must do for football lovers as well as for the ordinary among us who will be surprised how much fun it is to visit this stadium.
Paseo Martiricos. s/n. Estadio La Rosaleda
For more information: museo del Málaga CF
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