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Museums in Alicante
Provincial Archaeological Museum
PlaÃ§Ã¡ Dr. GÃ³mez Ulla
Phone: 965 149 000
Opening hours: Tuesday â€“ Saturday: 11 am to 2 pm & 6 pm to midnight, Sunday and Holidays: 11 am to 2 pm (Closed Mondays).
The Archaeological Museum of Alicante or MARQ was named the EuropeanMuseum of the Year in 2004. The museum has an enormous collection of artifacts aging back to Prehistoric times, through the Iberian and Roman history in Spain plus different objects from the Middle Ages. The normal cost to enter is 3â‚¬, but there are discounts for students/senior citizens and children under 7 are free. For an extra 1.50â‚¬ per person, you may have a guided tour.
Municipal Museum â€“ Casa de la Asegurada
Plaza de Santa Maria, 3
Phone: 965 140 959
This museum is an old municipal house, located next to the Santa Maria church, which has been renovated into a museum of 20th century art. Besides the important pieces of art that are housed here, the building itself contains a lot of history as it used to be a prison, school of commerce and for a time the city hall. The collection was donated to the city by Eusebio Sempere in the mid-1970s. The majority of the pieces are from Spanish artists from the 1950s. Some artists that have work in this museum are: Alfaro, Chillida, TÃ pies, Gris, MirÃ³ and Picasso.
Municipal Center of the Arts
Plaza del Quijano, 2
Phone: 965 147 160
Opening hours: Monday â€“ Thursday: 10 am to 2 pm & 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays: 5 pm to 9 pm (Closed Sundays & Holidays).
The museum has two exposition rooms and also a third room for meetings and conferences. Also, the museum is sometimes used for presentations and theatre performances.
Castillo de Santa BÃ¡rbara
Phone: 965 263 131
Opening hours: Summer: 10 am to 2 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm, Winter: 9 am to 2 pm & 4 pm to 7 pm. This is a free collection.
The halls and open-air spaces of the Castle of Santa Barbara are filled with the worldâ€™s largest collection of contemporary Spanish sculptures. The sculptures date back to the late 19th century and were given to the city by founder, collector and professor, Eduardo Capa. There are over 700 pieces of work, 250 are part of a permanent collection. The collection includes Salvador Daliâ€™s piece, â€œNewton,â€ plus work done by: Benlliure, Capuz, Orduna, Alberto SÃ¡nchez, Manolo HuguÃ©, Los Oteiza and even foreign artists like: James Knowles and Kahlid.
Museum of the Bonfires
Rambla de MÃ©ndez NÃºÃ±ez, 29
Phone: 965 146 828
Opening hours: Tuesday â€“ Saturday (summer): 10 am to 2 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday â€“ Saturday (winter): 10 am to 2 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm, Sundays and holidays: 10 am to 2 pm.
This museum is dedicated to the Bonfires (Las Hogueras) which is Alicanteâ€™s most famous festival. In the museums different rooms you can learn about the history and culture tied to this celebration. There are exhibits of antique posters, costumes and photos. There are also real effigies that they have taken to put on display after being tossed in the flames.
Water Museum / GarrigÃ³s Wells
Plaza del Puente
Phone: 965 202 123
Large wells that hold around 807,000 liters of water and were excavated from the Benacantil mountain are on display. It is thought that they date back to the Islamic era, and there existence was known around the 16th century, but in the 19th century Antonio GarrigÃ³s LÃ³pez did the restoration (thus, it is named after him). There are also other pieces of earthenware and pottery that were also thought to be used for storing water from rain.
Plaza de Toros
Phone: 965 219 930
Opening hours: Tuesday â€“ Friday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (Closed Sundays).
Inside the cityâ€™s Plaza de Toros (Bullring) there is a museum dedicated to the sport of bullfighting, which is still a very common sport throughout Spain. The museum showcases different equipment and artifacts. You can learn about the history and tradition of this sport; there is also a different section that shows all the works of literature with some tie to bullfighting. Ernest Hemingway, Federico GarcÃa Lorca and Rafael AlbertÃ all have written something that brings the culture of the sport into literature.
Nativity Scene Museum
Calle San AgustÃn, 3
Phone: 965 202 232
Opening hours: Tuesday â€“ Friday (summer): 10 am to 2 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday â€“ Friday (winter): 10 am to 2 pm & 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm (Closed Sundays & Mondays). This museumis free.
Situated in an old house, built in the 19th century, in El Barrio, you will find the NativitySceneMuseum. There is a wide variety of pieces from different nativity scenes. There is a life-size scene set up on display. The collection comes from places all over the world, but Alicante is known for creating such spectacular scenes, especially during the Three Kings celebration in the beginning of January.