Jaen City Museums

Museo Ibero - photo courtesy Junta de Andalucia
Museo Ibero - photo courtesy Junta de Andalucia

Museums in Jaen city

There are several museums worth visiting in Jaen.

Museo Ibero / Iberian Museum
The Museo Íbero of Jaén is the only one worldwide dedicated to the Iberian settlement, its culture and distinguishing features. The Iberian Museum of Jaén, was inaugurated in 2017 and has been created in order to highlight the great heritage that the province of Jaén treasures of the Iberian culture, through its material testimonies. The province of Jaén is an international benchmark in Iberian culture. Currently you can visit the temporary exhibition entitled “The lady, the prince, the hero and the goddess”, in which through these four relevant characters of the Iberian people, the public can understand their culture, which developed over six centuries, from the sixth century until the Roman domination. The new museum with its avant-garde design currently includes the Iberian monument of El Santuario Heroico de El Pajarillo, which was located in Huelma and dated to the fourth century BC, to which are added pieces from other parts of Andalusia. Located on Paseo de la Estación. More>

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
Like most Andalucian towns and cities there is a museum dedicated exclusively to local history, customs and artesan work. In Spanish it’s called the “Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares”. 

This museum located in the Villardompardo Palace was inaugurated on December 20, 1990. It extends through several floor of the palace.   Given the rich traditional culture of the province of Jaén, the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs shows popular lifestyles prior to industrialization.

The collection is spatially distributed as follows:
Basement: Rooms dedicated to the Vine, Olive Tree, Cereal and Water.
Access Floor: Rooms called Weights and Measures and Transport.
First Floor:  Solas dedicated to childhood, rural house, bourgeois room, ceramics, cordobanes and guadamecíes and textiles.
Chambers Floor: Slaughter Rooms, Craftsmanship Workshops and Trades and Popular Religiosity.

Museo de Jaen
The Provincial Museum in Jaen is the Museum of Archaeology and Fine Arts and will be high on the list of anyone interested in archeology as it houses items of interest that have been discovered in the province. This museum provides an excellent opportunity to trace history right back to its Iberian origins. Location: Paseo de la Estación 29, 23008 Jaén,  Tel: 953 101 366 / 600 143 452. Hours: 1 July to 31 August -Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 to 15:00 hrs. 1 Septemeber to 30 June - 0Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 21:00 hrs and Sundays and holidays 09:00 a 15:00. Closed 1 and 6 of January, 1 May, 24 and 25 and 31 December. Admision 1.50 €,  EU citizens free. More>

International Museum of Art Naif
If art gallery museums are what attract you, then visit the International Museum of Art Naif. The word Naif comes from the French for naive with works in this category coming from the early 20th century.     Palacio de Villardompardo  Admision: Free. More>

Cathedral museum
The Cathedral of Jaén, which was an architectural model for the great religious buildings of the Hispanic world in America, meritoriously world heritage, is a monument from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, which follows the original traces of Andrés de Vandelvira. The Cathedral holds a Museum declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and Asset of Cultural Interest. Its content in sacred art (paintings, sculptures, goldsmithing, furniture, ornaments, choral books) particularly stands out; as well as an altarpiece by Pedro de Machuca and an Inmaculada Triunfante sobre el Pecado Original, by Sebastián Martínez. Located in Plaza de Santa María.

Centro de Interpretación del Castillo de Santa Catalina
The Castillo de Santa Catalina ( Santa Catalina castle) houses the interpretation center which is a journey through the history of the castle. You can buy your tickets through the website and also at the castle gate through the ticket point (except Wednesday afternoons). Located at Castillo de Santa Catalina.




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