Centro de Interpretación Patrimonial de Almería
by Fiona Flores Watson
CIP Almeria for short is the Centro de Interpretacion Patrimonial de Almeria. This modern, interactive museum, located in Plaza Vieja (Plaza de la Constitucion), and explains the history of Almeria city.
The museum is spread over three floors, and features a large-scale relief model of the city and a five-minute high-definition film, shot mainly by drone, of Almeria's history and main sights. The model and film offer an excellent introduction to Almeria city for visitors - a good way to orient yourself, and to see what the city has to offer.
Each floor of the museum covers a different era, with details about its most important characters, typical dress and traditional customs: the first shows Moorish Almeria, the second is Christian, and the third Contemporary (19th to 21st-century) Almeria, as told by Carmen de Burgos, also known as Colombine (women's rights activist and Spain's first professional journalist, born in the square in 1867). All the exhibits are in English and Spanish, so this is an ideal place to get some historical context for your visit.
The vast roof terrace, which covers one side of the square, offers superb views of Plaza Vieja itself and the Alcazaba.
Many interactive exhibits for children. Temporary exhibitions and a small auditorium.
Plaza Vieja, 04003 Almeria
Tel: 671 099 981
June to September: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 to 13:30, Friday and Saturday 10:30 to 13:30 and 18:00 to 21:00.
October to May: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 14:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00.