Museums

Museums

This Museum was founded in 2006 by the Terque City Council and the Asociación de Amigos del Museo. The Uva del Barco Provincial Museum was provisionally located in the Manuel Galiana municipal theater hall, in Plaza de los Barrileros, while its current building was in construction. Its objective is to reconstruct the social and economic history of the city and province of Almería.

The Historical Ethnographic Museum was founded in 2002 by the Terque City Council and the Asociación de Amigos del Museo. It is located in one of the many nineteenth-century bourgeois houses in the town square. Following its rooms across two floors is a tour of local trades, many of them now disappeared, as well as domestic settings and religious.

The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo is housed in the magnificent 15th-century Monasterio Santa Maria de las Cuevas. Known as La Cartuja, this is located in the district of the same name, north of Triana and across the river from the city centre – look for the iconic, cone-shaped towers.

In 1519 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Seville with a fleet of five naos (carracks or carvel-built wooden sailing ships) to find the Molluca spice islands, in modern-day Indonesia. Three years later, only one of his naos returned, the Nao Victoria, captained by Juan Sebastian Elcano – Magellan had been killed in a conflict in the Philippines.

Vanguard artists whose work is displayed include Antonio Lopez. Four rooms display the works, which including paintings, sculpture and photography in neo-realistic and figurative styles. The museum is run jointly by the Fundacion de Arte Ibañez-Cosentino and the Ayuntamiento de Almeria.

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.

This small private museum, opened in 2015, is the house of the most renowned Spanish intellectuals of the 20th century's latter half. Poet, essayist, novelist and translator Jose Angel Valente (1929-2000), originally from Galicia, occupied the traditional house with tiled floors and wood-beamed ceilings for the last 15 years of his life. Here you can learn about his life and work, and see how closely connected to Almeria was, and how much the city and region influenced his writing.