Alicante Museums

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Alicante is a thriving and vibrant town located in Valencia, Spain. The city is a prime tourist destination, and is easily accessible by many low cost airlines  throughout Europe. Find cheap flights to Alicante  all year-round, and be sure to visit some of the world renowned museums while you are there. Each of these museums helps travellers to better understand the history, heritage, and culture of the area, and will contribute to a better appreciation of Alicante.  

One of the first destinations in Alicante after your flight arrives should be the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts. Known to the locals as the Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina, or MUBAG, it is located in a stunning 18th century building called the Palacio del Conde de Lumiares, which was once owned by the Earl of Lumiares. The building itself is a historical monument, and the works inside are even more impressive. Over 500 pieces of art are displayed here at any given time, done primarily by local artists from the 16th to the 20th century. Rather than merely hanging on the walls, each piece is surrounded by period furniture and AV equipment, meant to truly bring the piece of art to life.

Another fabulous museum located in the heart of the city is the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, called the Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante in Spanish, and MARQ for short. Significant expansion in the early 21st century upgraded state of the art facilities, allowing the museum to win the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. Eight separate galleries display artefacts dating back 100,000 years with the first human occupation. From there, history in Alicante is traced along with the lives of historical residents over time. Interactive displays captivate visitors, and locals are rightfully proud of this stunning museum.

The Asegurada Museum of Modern Art, or MACA, short for Museo de Arte de Siglo XX La Asegurada, is an incredible contemporary art museum in Alicante. This museum boasts an unusually impressive selection of master artists for a smaller town, whose pieces rival the art museums in Madrid. Enjoy the opportunity to see up close works by Picasso, Braque, and Miro, as well as several local artists like Eusebio Sempere and Juana Francés. Unbelievably, admission to this museum is completely free, for visitors and locals alike.

There are a collection of other interesting museums worth a visit in Alicante, many of them smaller in size and reputation that the previous three listed. However, each can be an interesting visit, and can capture the attention of visitors. Before your flight  leaves stop by the Museo Taurino, or Bullfighting Museum, to learn a little about the local history of the sport. Or, visit the Bonfire Festivities Museum to experience the wonder of the San Juan festival each year.

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