Museo De Almeria
Also known as Almeria Museo Arqueologico - Archaeological Museum of Almeria is housed in an award-winning contemporary building, this museum displays the considerable archaeological wealth of the province, from prehistoric remains discovered by the Siret brothers at Los Millares, to Roman statues.
First opened as two rooms in the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in 1934, the museum's new location has four floors, with the permanent exhibition on the first two floors. Many exhibits are aimed at children, with interactive displays and audio-visual elements aimed at the YouTube generation.
A vertical timelinein the centre of the stairwell, the 13m-high Stratigraphic Column, provides information about the historical sequence of Almeria's archaeological sites. You can study it as you climb to the top floor, or take the lift up and see it on the way down.
A large majority of the exhibits are from the Copper and Bronze Ages. Innovative displays on the first and second floors show how the earliest communities of Los Millares and El Argar lived (3rd and 2nd millennium BC) and farmed, as well as reconstructions of historic monuments from the era such as burial chambers.
A circular "tomb" area with model skeletons arranged exactly as they were found, is the closest you can get to seeing inside a dolmen - more accessible than the dark, cramped claustrophobia of the authentic experience. An audio-visual display recreates the burial rituals.
You can also see displays explaining archaeological methodology (ground floor), and finds from the Roman era, including a beautiful statue, the Bacchus of Chirivel, as well as relics from Islamic Almeria (both third floor) and small pieces such as idols, jewellery, and ceramics.
Carretera de Ronda 91, 04005 Almeria. Tel 950 100 409
Closed Mondays (except some holidays, and days before holidays), 1st and 6th of January, 1st of May, and 24th, 25th and 31st of December
16 September to 15 June
Tuesday to Saturday 09:00 - 20:30
Sundays and holidays 09:00 - 15:30
16 June to 15 September
Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday to Saturday (for cultural activities) 19:00 - 21:30
Free for EU citizens and residents, 1.50 euros for others, although in practice they don't charge anyone.
Museum information leaflet
PDF about museum in English (please note, phone number and opening hours on PDF are incorrect, see our information above)