Museo de Jámon
by Saskia Mier
The 'jamón' (Iberican ham) museum was created as an Interpretation Centre for the Iberican Pig, providing information about the mountain culture of the Sierra passed down from parents to children.
The museum consists of seven rooms explaining the cycle from start to finish. It begins with the process of aging the Iberican pig, its life out at pasture, feeding, traditional and industrial slaughter, as well as curing. All this information is provided by audio-visuals as well as an informative guide to explain any queries that visitors may have.
This building was built about 40 years ago as a Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of the Sierra, where visitors would have the opportunity to discover one of the eight information points of mycology in Andalusia.
It is important to point out that within the museum is an exhibition called "Hams of the World"; sponsored by Cajasol Bank to celebrate "V Congreso Mundial del Jamón" (V World Ham Congress) held in Aracena in May 2009. Visitors can observe hams brought over from different parts of the world, and their cycles according to each location.
Lastly, there is a space dedicated to the Sierra Morena, providing information of this great mountain range in terms of location, heritage, ecosystems, tourist resources and the linking of the villages of Sierra Morena with the Iberian pig. Audio-visuals explain the work being done to adapt it, as well as the presentation of the GR-48 trail.
Approximate duration is 30 minutes and includes tasting ham.
Calle Gran Vía
Tel: 663 93 78 70
Monday-Sunday, 10:45-14:30hrs and 15:45-19:00hrs.
(Guided Tours, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 16:00, 17:00, 18:00)
Closed, 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st, 6th January.
Individual, 3.50 euros
Over 65, 3.00 euros
Children (6-12), 2.50 euros
Groups, 2.50 euros
Excursion Grotto of the Wonders and Museum of Ham in AracenaExcursion Grotto of the Wonders and Museum of Ham in Aracena
Our tour includes the tourist card Aracena with which we can combine the following visits to our liking: The castle of Aracena of the XIII century that was part of the «Galician band» line of defense of the kingdom of Seville before the Portuguese attacks, the famous Grotto de las Maravillas, one of the most impressive underground caves in Europe, with its illuminated rooms and its multitude of stalagmites and stalactites and the Museo del Jamón, an outstanding product of local gastronomy. At the end our guide will accompany you to a typical restaurant in the town where we will offer you a tasting of the delicious local delicacies. After the tasting they will have a free time to eat or make purchases of typical products of the region in the center of the town.