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Among the Seville museums, the Museo Arqueológico is a very special one. Not only it contains invaluable pieces of art (some of them more than 2,000 years old!) but it is also one of a kind on its own. The building was the Renaissance Pavillion during the Ibero-American Exposition that took place in 1929, and its neomudejar style can only be seen in Seville.
The Seville Archeological Museum was inaugurated in 1867. And it was first located at the Alcázar.
The Museum was actually founded after a meeting of the Seville Museums Board. The Board was created in 1835 to manage the incredibly huge collection of art, masterpieces, sculptures, mosaics and other objects coming from convents and monasteries plundered by the Mendizábal liberal government.
The former Antiques Museum – precursor of today’s Arqueológico, started in the mid-19th century exhibiting several private collections. Then, the initial collection was complemented with confiscated church properties and from what was left of the Italica excavations.
Throughout the years, it has grown considerably and it now covers the period from the Roman Empire to the Middle Age (15th century).
Website: Museo Arqueológico
Address: Plaza de America, s/n (Parque de Maria Luisa – map location)
Entrance: 1.50 € (free for EU citizens)
Free admission to the Museo Arqueológico is included with the Sevilla Card
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 20:30; Sunday 9:00 to 14:30. Closed on Monday.
The Museo Arqueologico is located at Maria Luisa Park, Seville’s largest green extension. The exact location is at the Plaza de America (America Square) and it has the Museo de Artes y Costumbres right in front. The whole complex is a formed beautiful neomudejar style buildings, built along with the Plaza de España before the 1929 Exposition.
And there’s more because you can also access 30+ sights and churches. So much time and money saved!
The Sevilla Card is available for 1, 2 or 3 days. The package comes with detailed information on all the sights and additional feedback on shopping discounts. Plus, you get a map of the city!
The Museo Arqueológico has a very rich collection, particularly of the Ancient Roman Empire. Apart from the usual daylife objects, the sculptures and mosaics are impressive. But there are also other highlights, like the Carambolo treasure – 21 crafted gold pieces of Phoenician jewelery.