Head of Saint John

1755 – 1765

Palacio de la Aduana

Entrance

Corinthian helmet, bronze

6th century BC

The Malaga Museum, a treasure chest

The Malaga Museum finally opened its doors on 12th December, 2016 after an extensive renovation, costing the community 40 million Euros. The project to renovate the former customs building, Palacio de la Aduana, took ten years. The museum has now access over 18.402 square meters making it one of the largest exposition centres in Spain.

The display is made up of three parts spread over three floors: antiquities, art and temporary exhibitions. A tour of the museum starts on the top floor with the archaeological collection.

Archaeology

The aficionado should take at least a day to view this extensive collection, made up of 2000 pieces, dating from prehistoric times to the late Middle Ages. The exhibition portrays the regional history, with some interesting pieces from recent archaeological excavations in Malaga. The collection is not limited to ‘ordinary’ pots, shards and bead necklaces, but it also features complete tombs, mosaic floors, death masks and silver treasures.

Art

Furthermore the museum boasts an extensive art collection of 300 pieces, mostly nineteenth-century paintings. The world of art is represented by big names such as Joaquin Sorolla, Carlos de Haes, Federico de Madrazo, Antonio María Esquivel, Vicente Lopez and Ramon Casas and some of the most famous members of the Malaga School of painting: José Moreno Carbonero, Enrique Simonet, Antonio Muñoz Degrain, José Nogales Sevilla and Bernardo Ferrandiz.

This collection is housed on the first floor.

Temporary exhibition

On the ground floor you will find the temporary exhibition, the entrance, the patio, a shop and a soon to be opened coffee shop.

The Málaga Museum is one of 63 Spanish state museums. It is under regional management, in this case the state of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucia).

Customs palace

The Palacio de la Aduana is a neoclassical building, modelled after the Italian Renaissance palaces. The structure has four corridors around a central patio. On the top floor is an open gallery with a balustrade where you will see several terracotta busts. These were placed here in 1877 in honor of a visit by King Alfonso XII. The gallery is currently not accessible to the public, however from some of the windows you can peak at the statues.

The palace was originally built as a customs house. At the end of the 19th century it served as the royal tobacco factory, while during the Franco era it was the seat of the city council. In the eighties of the last century it functioned as an office for the sub-delegation of the Spanish government in the province of Malaga.

In 1922 a large fire raged, the wooden stairs to the top floor caught fire. The destruction was enormous. As a result of the fire not only 28 people died, also important archives were lost and the top floor and roof were destroyed.

Useful information

  • Address Plaza de la Aduana s / n, 29015 Málaga
  • Telephone 951 911 904
  • Email museomalaga.ccul@juntadeandalucia.es
  • Website Museum of Malaga
  • Access to museum is free for EU residents. Non-Europeans pay 1.50 euro entrance fee.
  • You must leave your bag in a locker, for which you need to reserve one euro.
  • Taking photographs is allowed, but no flash, tripod or selfie stick.
  • The museum is closed on Mondays and the following public holidays: 1 and 6 January, May 1, 24, 25 and 31 December.
  • Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 am onwards.
  • In each room is a (small) table for the visually impaired, with explanations in Braille and a replica that you are allowed to touch.

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