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Seville Museums: A Complete Guide

Seville museums cover a wide range of subjects, from paintings to archeological pieces and even our most famous art, flamenco.

Unfortunately, sometimes visitors underestimate the city’s museums either because nobody told them about or because they are short of time. You should take a closer look to some of them and allow some time in your schedule to visit them if it is possible.

Each section comes with handy practical information and insider advice. Use these tips to plan your visit to any of these fascinating museums. The objective is to make the most of your time there…

 

Museo De Bellas Artes (Museum Of Fine Arts)

There are at least two Seville museums dedicated to paintings. The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of them, but also the second most important art museum in Spain after El Museo del Prado (Madrid). It exhibits the most famous paintings of the Seville School (15th to 17th centuries) featuring an impressive collection of works by Murillo, Valdés Leal, Zurbarán and El Greco among others.

It was inaugurated in the middle of the 19th century although the original building was a convent.

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Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological Museum)

This museum began in the mid-19th century exhibiting several private collections and was later on moved to its present location in 1946. The initial collection was comprised of church properties confiscated in the 19th century and from the Itálica excavations. Throughout the years, it has grown considerably and it now covers the period from the Roman Empire to the Middle Age (15th century).

Some Seville museums are downright historic. In this case, the building was the Renaissance Pavillion during the Ibero-American Exposition that took place in 1929.

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Museo De Artes Y Costumbres (Museum Of Arts And Customs)

The museum displays a collection of traditional clothing and decorative arts representing the culture of Andalucía and the everyday life. There is also a great collection of posters of the Feria de Abril (Seville’s Spring Fair) from the early 20th century.

The building is known as the Pabellón Mudéjar and was also a permanent pavilion for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. The Mudéjar style is an architectural mixture of elements from the Muslim and Christian cultures very popular during the Middle Age (12th to 15th centuries) and present in many regions of Spain and buildings in Seville.

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Museo Del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum)

This museum is created thanks to the initiative of the famous flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos and it opened its doors in 2006.

The most important spaces are the ground floor, with a typical patio and the first floor where you can learn the origin and history of flamenco, the different styles and the biography of some amazing bailaores (both male and female).

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Centro Andaluz De Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre)

There are a number of Seville museums featuring art. The CAAC has a permanent collection focused in particular on the history of contemporary Andalusian art. Temporary exhibitions, seminars, workshops, concerts, meetings, recitals, film cycles and lectures are also held at the museum.

The building used to be the Santa María de las Cuevas Monastery, one of the most important monasteries of the city. It was built in the 15th century and housed the cloistered order of San Bruno. In 1840 the abandoned building was bought by an Englishman and transformed into a ceramic tile factory until 1982. Finally, in 1997 it became the museum we can see today.

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Pabellón De La Navegación (Navigation Pavillion)

The Pabellón de la Navegación (or Navigation Pavilion in English) was reopened in January 2012. It used to be one of the main attractions of Seville’s 1992 Universal Exposition. After 12 years being closed, the City Council spent more than 11 million € to restore it.

Today it is a museum devoted to Seville’s relationship with water. The main building is divided into four rooms for exhibits which hold the permanent exhibition “Seville and the Atlantic Navigation”. The Pabellón de la Navegación is located in the southern part of the Isla de la Cartuja, right at the river bank.

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Guide To Sightseeing In Sevilla, Spain

Often Forgotten Sights Of Sevilla

Spain is a country full of surprises and Sevilla is not an exception. It is the mecca of bullfights, has astonishing churches and so many amazing palaces that you may even feel overwhelmed.

But that is just an impression.

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Guide To Seville Attractions

The list of Seville attractions can seem daunting on your first visit, regardless of how many days you plan to spend in the city.

There are fabulous sights to see in every corner of Seville. The broad range of architectural history provides a sumptuous backdrop to city life. Here you can admire medieval mansions, royal palaces, magnificent churches, and sober red brickwork civil complexes.

Not to mention that few cities preserve their traditions intact to the extent that Seville does. Among them are the bullfights, flamenco, and some important yearly events such as the Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril. Sevillanos are never bored!

 

Here is a list with a few ideas that you should consider while planning your visit.

 

Sights

There is an amazing list of sights in Seville, Spain’s most beautiful city according to most. It has an incredible appeal to both foreigners and Spaniards because of its light, the way Sevillanos enjoy themselves and its gorgeous architecture. Seville is one of the most romantic cities in Europe with a mixture of Roman reminiscences and Moorish traditions. So, without a doubt, you’ll be pretty soon delighted by its charm and passion.

Money Saving Tip: The admission to all these monuments is included in the Sevilla Card.

 

Museums

Seville museums cover a wide range of subjects, from paintings to archeological pieces and even our most famous art, flamenco.

Unfortunately, sometimes visitors underestimate the city’s museums either because nobody told them about or because they are short of time. You should take a closer look to some of them and allow some time in your schedule to visit them if it is possible.

 

Spanish Tapas

Spanish tapas are our most famous (and delicious!) dish. They are without a doubt the best emblem of our gastronomy. And now that they have been exported almost everywhere, it’s not hard to find a tapas bar from New York to Melbourne.

This section provides all the information you need in order to enjoy the best tapas in the world. Indulge yourself and try them as soon as possible!

Discover the best tapas in Seville thanks to the ’30 Extraordinary Tapas Bars’ guide!

 

Bullfights

Bullfighting in Spain is a traditional spectacle that became popular in the 18th century. It’s probably one of the most ancient mass entertainments of the world. Actually, bullfights are considered one of the symbols of the Hispanic culture and an art expression.

La Maestranza, Seville’s bullring, holds bullfights from March or April until October. If you plan to attend a Spanish bullfight in Seville, you should have a look at the official bullfighting schedule. It includes all the corridas that will be held during the season as well as the novilladas.

If you’re planning to go, make sure to get your tickets well in advance. Check out the full guide about purchasing bullfight tickets online.

 

Flamenco

What is flamenco? It’s both a musical style and a dance typical of Andalucía, the southern region of Spain. Originally, it was the traditional dance and music of the Andalusian gitanos (gypsies). Even though flamenco is still deeply connected to the gypsy culture, many payos (non-gypsies) have contributed to expand it both in Spain and overseas.

Seville is considered the cradle of flamenco. In fact a vast majority of famous flamenco artists were born or started their career in Seville. As result, the offer of flamenco is endless and you can choose among many options where flamenco dancing and singing are beautifully performed.

 

Semana Santa

As in many other cities in Spain, Holy Week celebrations in Seville are really impressive. It is definitely my favorite holiday for many reasons. The city transforms itself into a place of repentance, grief and symbolic darkness, despite the aesthetic couldn’t be more colorful.

Regardless of your religious attitude, don’t think twice and come to experience the best Spanish festival!

 

Feria de Abril

The Feria de Abril is the most popular celebration in the city and it balances out the darkness and sadness of the Semana Santa (another awesome event) as it is a colorful and cheerful festival. It is unbelievable how in just a few weeks Sevillanos go from penance to redemption.

During six days and seven nights Sevillanos spend most of their time socializing while eating, drinking and dancing. The atmosphere is lively and crowds enjoy a huge party. It’s amazing!

 

Football

Do you love Spanish soccer? La Liga is one of the strongest football leagues in Europe, and it has been entertaining the football lovers since the late 1920s. In fact, the football fever is in full swing among fans, the best players are back in action.

In Seville, football is a synonym of passion and Sevillanos break up into Sevilla FC or Real Betis fans. They need to be for one or the other. Being for Madrid or Barcelona, it’s easy because they are always winning. Every Sevillano will tell you that “It’s only when your team makes you suffer that you really come to love them”.

If you are into football, get your Sevilla FC tickets now or book your Betis tickets here.

 

Sights In Seville, Spain

There is an amazing list of sights in Seville, Spain’s most beautiful city according to most. It has an incredible appeal to both foreigners and Spaniards because of its light, the way Sevillanos enjoy themselves and its gorgeous architecture. Seville is one of the most romantic cities in Europe with a mixture of Roman reminiscences and Moorish traditions. So, without a doubt, you’ll be pretty soon delighted by its charm and passion.

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Corral Del Conde Pictures

The Corral del Conde is one of the biggest and most important corrales de vecinos (neighbor’s houses) in Seville. It is located in Calle Santiago, 27 – about 5 minutes walking from the Casa de Pilatos.

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Pabellón De La Navegación Pictures

The Pabellón de la Navegación (or Navigation Pavilion) was inaugurated in early 2012 after several years of a total state of neglect. The original premises were built for the 1992 Universal Exposition that was held in Seville. Alas, the large majority of constructions and structures relating to the Exposition were simple left unattended…

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Pabellón De La Navegación

The Pabellón de la Navegación (or Navigation Pavilion in English) was reopened in January 2012. It used to be one of the main attractions of Seville’s 1992 Universal Exposition. Unfortunately, the premises – including this building, were left unused once the fair ended.

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Seville Museums: CAAC (Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre)

Among Seville museums, CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo) stands out for being the city’s museum of modern art. Located in a 15th century monastery that was then transformed into a porcelain factory in the 19th century, the CAAC has a wonderful setting where old classic architecture blends with modern masterpieces. The CAAC offers both modern Spanish and international art from a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.

The Contemporary Art Centre has a permanent collection focused in particular on the history of contemporary Andalusian art. Temporary exhibitions, seminars, workshops, concerts, meetings, recitals, film cycles and lectures are also held at the museum.

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Seville Museums: Museo Del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum)

This Seville museum about flamenco was created thanks to the initiative of the famous dancer Cristina Hoyos and it opened its doors in 2006. Its aim is to inform you about everything related to flamenco, its origins, influences and styles and about how it is practiced today. Therefore, the premises are different rooms with many interactive displays that tell you about the history, culture, and styles of flamenco, along with exhibits highlighting the fashion.

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Seville Museums: Museo De Artes Y Costumbres (Museum Of Arts And Customs)

Seville Museums should be included in your itinerary. The Museo de Artes y Costumbres was inaugurated in 1973. Unfortunately, the building was in such bad conditions that it was closed for restoration in 1979. After 5 years of works, the premises were opened again in 1984.

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