The Museo del Baile 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’s practiced today.
Check the Museo del Baile Flamenco website for more information on opening hours and entrance fares.
5 keys to the Museo del Baile Flamenco in Seville
Seville is one of the main cradles of the art of flamenco and it makes perfect sense for the Flamenco Dance Museum to have been established here.
- It’s the only museum in the world about flamenco. To date it has no competition from other centers or institutions dedicated to flamenco in the world. This museum could not be anywhere else but in Seville or Andalucía, where the roots of flamenco are deepened. Its founder, Cristina Hoyos, is a renowned flamenco dancer with an extensive career.
- It’s always in continuous renovation. Inside the museum, the permanent collection coexists with the temporary exhibitions, events, guided tours and the daily life of the flamenco dance school. In fact, all these aspects of the museum make it an excellent place for you to have a unique experience.
- It stands out for its design as an interactive museum. Through screens and the objects themselves linked to flamenco dance, you can understand much more about this art form, a distinctive sign of Andalusian and Spanish culture.
- It gives value to flamenco, included in the Intangible Heritage of Humanity UNESCO’s list in 2010. In each guided tour, show and room, the Museum of Flamenco Dance ensures that this art is still alive and well.
- It’s located in an 18th century building, on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple. Its basement, intimate and special, features a vault built with Roman and pre-Roman stones.
A little bit of history
The Museo del Baile 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.
Cristina Hoyos started dancing as a child and performing when she was a teenager. She hasn’t stopped since. Apart from her impressive 20-year career as the leading dancer of Antonio Gades’ company, she then created her own one in 1988. She performed all over the world, from New York to Tokyo, becoming an international star.
She has been awarded many honors throughout the years. Nowadays experts consider her a pillar of flamenco dancing who has made an imprint on it, reaching frontiers and a wide audience no one had before.
What to expect from the Museo de Baile Flamenco
The Museo de Baile Flamenco is a private institute focusing on divulge the origins and evolution of flamenco, covering the various styles of music and dance, and the biography of some amazing bailaores (both male and female).
Each of the building’s four floors focuses on a different aspect with a variety of activities:
- The basement is the most singular space of the museum, a historic vault with Roman and pre-Roman stones. This unique space is thought to have been a temple in ancient times. It is used nowadays for VIP shows, private events, exhibitions, dance classes, etc.
- The ground floor has an impressive courtyard where flamenco shows are performed each evening. Here you’ll also find the dance hall, a gift shop and the visitor access.
- The first floor houses an interactive exhibition about the history and styles of flamenco dance and the spectacular costumes worn to perform it, as seen through lives of some its most famous figures (e.g. Cristina Hoyos herself, Carmen Amaya, Antonio Gades, Sara Baras, El Güito). You’ll be fully immersed in the world of flamenco.
- The second floor is devoted to temporary exhibitions relating flamenco to the fine arts. Here you’ll find pieces by both Spanish and international artists who use their work to examine the many sides to flamenco and the deep emotions it stirs up.
Why you should visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco
- The Museum of Flamenco Dance is very beautiful, is very well thought out and escapes all the clichés that revolve around this universal cultural manifestation.
- It’s the first, and only museum in the world known to date, dedicated to this art.
- The museum was founded in a building that dates back to the 18th century and it stands on the pillars of what used to be a Roman temple, in the Barrio de Santa Cruz.
- 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.
- After the museum closes its doors for the day, its distinctive Andalusian-style courtyard becomes a stage where flamenco shows are performed by professionals who specialize in an art that is inevitably entwined with Seville and the city’s own local culture.
Museo del Baile Flamenco show with optional museum ticket
Spend an evening enjoying the most famous Spanish dance in the world and be amazed by the spectacular show. It all starts at 20:30 with a choice of dinner menus and drinks. After dinner, settle back and enjoy the passionate flamenco show.
You’ll be treated to an intimate performance featuring the traditional songs, long train dresses, swirling shawls, and clicking castanets – specially choreographed by legendary flamenco dancer and museum founder Cristina Hoyos. With amazing live music, dramatic theatrical lighting, and a backdrop of hanging chairs and orange trees, everything about this experience guarantees a night to remember.
The combined ticket (show+museum) allows you to visit the museum. Alternatively, you also may visit the museum any other day of the show selected, before or later.