Are you a real history buff and are you looking for the best history museums to visit in Spain? These are the ones:
Royal Palace of MadridMadridThe Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royalty but is used only for state ceremonies. Visitors can see the marvelous interior decorations, made using various materials, from marble to mahogany. The palace is also home to Royal Armoury of Madrid. Surrounded by large and p
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Casa BatllóBarcelonaCasa Batlló is a building in the city centre of Barcelona that was designed by Antoni Gaudí, which is considered one of his masterpieces. Casa Batlló has been open to the public since 2002. You can visit the former residence of the Batlló family (Noble Floor), the former storerooms and laundry rooms
Church of San NicolásValenciaThe Church of St. Nicholas and Peter, also known as the 'Sistine Chapel of Valencia', is one of the city's main attractions. Located in the El Carmen district in the historical center of Valencia, the church is renowned for its ceiling paintings. However, due to its location, it can be somewhat difficult for visitors to find as it is largely surrounded by other buildings.
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Real AlcázarSevilleReal Alcázar is one of the best examples of Mudéjar architecture and is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. The gargantuan palace complex was originally a Moorish fort and is surrounded by vast gardens. You enter the palace into the Lion's Patio through Puerta del León. The following pat
La PedreraBarcelonaCasa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was ins
Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Palma de MallorcaPalma
National Archaeological Museum MadridMadridThe National Archaeological Museum Madrid (Museo Arqueológico Nacional) is a museum in Madrid with numismatic, archaeological and ethnographical finds. Visitors can discover four floors of historical artifacts from different periods, from Prehistory and Protohistory, to the Middle Ages and the moder
Bellver CastlePalmaBellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) is a Gothic-style castle on a hill in Palam, on the Island of Majorca. Its perfectly formed round design with its three turrets, makes this castle unique in Spain.The Bellver Castle was commissioned in 1300 by James II of Aragon. It was built by Pere Salva, the sa
Sorolla MuseumMadridThe Sorolla Museum in Madrid holds and exhibits work by the artist Joaquín Sorolla, as well as members of his family such as his daughter Elena. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes and monumental works of social and historical themes. The museum is housed in what was originally
MUHBA Plaça del ReiBarcelonaThe headquarters of the Barcelona City History Museum is situated in the three-story building. The museum lets you explore the remains of the ancient Roman city of Barcino. The museum consists of the archaeological underground and Palau Reial. The underground is all about the daily life in Roman ti
Palacio-Museo de VianaCórdobaPalacio-Museo de Viana (The palace of the Marquises of Viana) is a palace-museum in Córdoba. The palace is an example of how the Cordovan nobility lived. The history of the palace begins in the 15th century. The collection of the museum is separated over various rooms, namely: the Gallery of the Azu
Silk Museum ValenciaValencia
CaixaForumMadridThe CaixaForum in Madrid is a museum of post-modern art that aims to promote Spanish art, culture and science to general public. The CaixaForum is sponsored by Caixa Bank and organizes various exhibitions of both ancient and contemporary art, talks, workshops and concerts.
Cerralbo MuseumMadridThe Cerralbo Museum is a museum in Madrid that is housed in a historical mansion where it exhibits an extensive collection of artwork (over 50.000 objects). The museum is named after the marquis of Cerralbo, who used to own it. What was once considered the greatest private art collection in Spain, c
Naval MuseumMadridThis Naval Museum (Museo Naval) in Madrid offers a glimpse of the history of the Spanish navy from the 15th century up to more recent times. The large collection includes many artefacts such as maps, paintings and boat models. The aim of this museum is not only to guide visitors through the history
Casa de ColónLas Palmas de Gran CanariaThe Casa de Colón is a cultural institution in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.It is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city. It is dedicated to the history of the Canary Islands and its relations with America. It houses a museum, a library and study center, as well as spaces for temporary activ
Torre del OroSevilleThe Torre del Oro in Seville (Tower of Gold) is an albarrana tower, a dodecagonal military watchtower, located on the left bank of the rio-guadalquivir, in Seville. Its height is 36 meters and it was erected by the Almohad Caliphate in order to control access to Seville via the river. The tower has
Royal Palace of La AlmudainaPalma
Museo Arqueológico Provincial de AlicanteAlicanteThe Archaeological Museum of Alicante (Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante, MARQ) is an archaeological museum in Alicante with eight galleries that use multimedia to allow visitors to interact with the lives of past residents of Alicante and its region. The museum has a room of prehistory, of
Calahorra TowerCórdobaThe Calahorra Tower (in Arabic: qala'at al-Hurriya) is a fortress of Islamic origin built as an entrance and fortification (a fortified gate) of the Roman Bridge of Córdoba. It is part of the historic center of Córdoba that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.
Gaudi House MuseumBarcelonaThe former residence of the architect Antoni Gaudí now serves as a museum. The museum is devoted to his work and is an eyecatcher for the Park Güell. It was designed by his friend Francesc d’Assís Berenguer i Mestres. Antoni Gaudí i Cornet lived in this house from 1906 to 1925. Some rooms are still
Reial Monestir de Santa María de PedralbesBarcelona
Museu Egipci de BarcelonaBarcelonaThe Museu Egipci de Barcelona houses a big collection of art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt.
Archaeological Museum of CórdobaCórdobaThe Archaeological Museum of Córdoba is housed in the former palace of the Páez de Castillejo and a contemporary building built next to it. Its collections consists of a wide variety of pieces that range from Prehistory to the Late Middle Ages. Underground, the museum displays the archaeological rem
Museo Palacio de la Condesa de LebrijaSevilleMuseo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija (Museum of the palace of the countess of Lebrija or palace of Lebrija) is a house museum/palace in Seville that dates from the 16th century. The museum houses an important art collection with Roman mosaics and other antiquities as well as Asian art, paintings b
Monasterio de las Descalzas RealesMadrid
Archivo General de IndiasSevilleArchivo General de Indias (The General Archive of the Indies) is housed in the ancient merchants' exchange of Seville and holds the valuable archival documents that illustrate the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The building, called Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, is a g
Fundación Picasso - Museo NatalMálagaFundación Picasso - Museo Natal aims to promote and promulgate the work of the Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright Pablo Picasso. The building that is now home to the foundation and the birthplace museum is the birthplace of the artist. The museum d
Maritime MuseumBarcelonaThe Maritime Museum is located in the Drassanes port, a former shipyard and a military building. The museum is devoted to the naval history of Spain. It documents the history of the Spanish Navy since the 15th century until today and displays instruments that were used for navigation, weapons, and p
Museo de MálagaMálagaThe Museo de Málaga is a museum in Málaga that includes the collections of the former Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes and Museo Arqueológico Provincial. The museum holds a collection of more than 2,000 pieces related to the Fine Arts and over 15,000 related to Archaeology.
Centro arqueológico AlmoinaValenciaThe Centro arqueológico Almoina (Archaeological Center of l'Almoina) also named Museo de la Almoina/the Almoina Museum, is an archaeological museum in Valencia located at the old Roman square of Tenth June Gross. The archaeological remains that are displayed here came to light in 1985 on the site. T
House-Museum of Lope de VegaMadridThe House-Museum of Lope de Vega in Madrid is the house of the famous Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega who lived in the 16th century and became a prominent writer of the Golden Age. Rebuilt into a museum in 1935, its exhibition will guide you through both Vega's life and death, as he died in
Archaeological Museum of SevillaSevilleThe Archaeological Museum of Sevilla is a history museum in Seville that is housed in a Neo-Renaissance building constructed for the Latin American Expo of 1929. It holds and displays archaeological discoveries from the prehistoric and Roman periods. Its main focus is the Roman period, but there are
Museo de Artes y Costumbres PopularesMálagaMuseo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs) is an ethnographic museum in Malaga. The museum is housed in the Mesón de la Victoria, a 17th century inn located on the banks of the Guadalmedina River. The museum exhibits its collection in nineteen rooms that represent
Museum of the AmericasMadridThe Museum of the Americas (Museo de América) is an anthropology museum in Madrid of which the main exhibition includes artistic, archaeological and ethnographic collections dedicated to American society, religion and communication dating back to Paleolithic period. The Museum of the Americas in Mad
Museo de la Catedral de la AlmudenaMadridThe Almudena Cathedral is a Catholic church in Madrid that seems to have been built on the site of a medieval mosque that was destroyed in 1083 when Alfonso VI reconquered Madrid. Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena is the museum of the cathedral. A visit starts with two chambers of the Cathedral: t
CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de BarcelonaBarcelonaCCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is a multidisciplinary exhibition and arts center devoted to the city of Barcelona and its urban culture. Various events take place here, such as debates, lectures, festivals or concerts. It's an open and free space promoting new technologies and ex
Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo VascoBilbaoEuskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco (The Bilbao Basque Museum) is a museum in Bilbao. The museum aims to conserve and show to the public, the ways of life that the Basque people have developed over time, through its collections. The permanent exhibitions are distributed over four floors that are all de
Canarian MuseumLas Palmas de Gran CanariaThe Canary Museum is a museum in Palmas de Gran Canaria that is located in the historic district of Vegueta. The museum is dedicated to and holds a collection solely on the Aboriginal population of Gran Canaria: a group of humans that came to this island from North Africa in the first centuries of o
Museo de ZaragozaZaragozaThe Museum of Zaragoza (Museo de Zaragoza) is a Spanish national museum located in the city of Zaragoza, housed in a neo-Renaissance building built for the Hispano-French Exposition of 1908 by the architects Ricardo Magdalena and Julio Bravo. The museum holds a collection of notable works of archaeo
Museo de Historia de MadridMadridMuseo de Historia de Madrid is the Museum of History of Madrid that illustrates the history of the city from 1561 when Madrid became the capital of Spain to the beginning of the twentieth century. The museum is housed in the former Royal Hospice of San Fernando, built in 1673. The permanent exhibiti
Alma Mater MuseumZaragozaThe Alma Mater Museum is a museum in Zaragoza that is housed in the Palacio arzobispal de Zaragoza (the archiepiscopal palace of Zaragoza). The museum exhibits objects related to the Diocese of Zaragoza. Throughout spaces formerly known as Las Casas del Obispo, the residence of the bishops and archb
Museum of Archaeology of CataloniaBarcelonaThe building of the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia in Barcelona was designed by Pelagi Martínez i Patricio. The museum is structured into five different spaces: prehistory; protohistory, the Greek and Phoenician colonisations; the Roman Empire; and the Visigoths, the beginning of the medieval pe
Museu d'Història de ValènciaValenciaMuseu d'Història de València (The Valencia History Museum) is housed in what once was the first reservoir of drinking water in the city. The museum is dedicated to the development of the history of Valencia. The Valencia History Museum hold archaeological, artistic and cultural municipal collection
Poble EspanyolPalmaPoble Espanyol in Palma is a homage to Spain's cultural and historical past built by architect Fernando Goitia. Built between 1965 and 1967, it is a recreation of some of Spain's finest cultural and historical buildings. They were modeled almost identically on the original buildings, however they ar
Museo del Castillo de San JorgeSevilleMuseo del Castillo de San Jorge is a history museum in Seville where visitors can learn about the darkest times of the Spanish Empire. The museum is dedicated to the Spanish Inquisition. It is housed in the medieval fortress where its first council was held and which later served as its headquarters
Jose Benlliure House & MuseumValenciaThe Benlliure House-Museum (Casa-Museo José Benlliure) is a museum in Valencia that is housed in the family home of José Benlliure Gil, built in 1880. He bought the house in 1912. The museum features different domestic rooms, decorated with works by different members of the family and works of José
Museo de San IsidroMadridThe Museum of San Isidro, or the Museum of the Origins of Madrid is a cultural institution that holds and displays a collection that finds its foundation in the collection of the former Archaeological Institute and the Municipal Museum of Madrid. The museum illustrates the history of the city from p
Centro Cerámica TrianaSevilleCentro Cerámica Triana (The Ceramic Center Triana) is a museum in Seville that is dedicated to preserve and promote the ceramic tradition of the city.
Archaeological Museum of BiscayBilbaoThe Archaeological Museum of Biscay (Arkeologi Museoa) is dedicated to the history of the provence of Biscay and aims to connect the past with today's society. The exhibition area of two floors shows the history of the province through the traces left by its inhabitants from prehistory to recent tim
Museum of Illustration and ModernityValenciaMuseum of Illustration and Modernity (Museo de la Ilustraciòn y de la Modernidad) is a history museum in Valencia that offers a journey through time from the Middle Ages to modernity. As a part of the exhibition, you can see the remains of the Islamic Tower, which once stood here. To see the permane
MUHBA Oliva ArtésBarcelonaThe Oliva Artés Hall is part of the MUHBA Museum of History of Barcelona. Located in a former factory where engines were produced in the heart of Poblenou’s industrial district, the exhibition illustrates the city’s urban and social growth over the years.
Museo Histórico Municipal de ValenciaValenciaThe Municipal Historical Museum (Museo Histórico Municipal) in Valencia is housed in the Town Hall. The first room shows 5 panels that reflect the evolution of the city. The most famous of these is the one made by Father Tosca in 1704. The second room has a total of 46 engravings of the municipal co
Visitor centre of CórdobaCórdoba
Espacios Molinos del Rio Caballeriza - Museo HidraúlicoMurciaEspacios Molinos del Rio Caballeriza - Museo Hidraúlico (also The Hydraulic Museum of the Molinos del Río Segura) is located in the city of Murcia. The historic building of the mills, from the 18th century, underwent a renovation to be adapted into a museum by Juan Navarro Baldeweg. It shows the fac
ArsMalagaMálagaArsMalaga is housed in a grand bishop's palace (Palacio Episcopal) from 1762, opposite the cathedral. The museum holds a collection of religious art as well as a collection of old African coins. Besides displaying its permanent collection, the museum organises temporary exhibitions.
Museu de la CiutatValencia
Casa de MurilloSevilleThe Casa de Murillo is a historical house in Seville, which is the former home of the Spanish Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) in the latter years of his life. The building has two storeys and a central patio with columns. The museum is a small museum that is used for temporary
Museo de la Ciudad de MurciaMurciaMuseo de la Ciudad de Murcia (The Museum of the City of Murcia) is a museum in Murcia that is housed in the former home of the Lopez Ferrer, next to the Salitre Garden and in front of the Agustinas Convent of Corpus Christi. The museum is divided thematically into two areas: The ground floor, where
Blasco Ibanez Museum HouseValenciaCasa-Museo de Blasco Ibáñez (The Blasco Ibáñez House-Museum) is a historic house museum in Valencia that is housed in the home of the journalist, politician and best-selling Spanish novelist Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. The museum is dedicated to him and features objects related to him.
MUHBA Temple of AugustusBarcelona
MUHBA Domus AvinyóBarcelonaMUHBA Domus Avinyó is a domus that dates from the 1st and 4th Centuries A.D. with an ensemble of wall and ceiling paintings.
MUHBA Park GüellBarcelona
MUHBA Turó de la RoviraBarcelona
Sa Torre Cega - Villa MarchCapdeperaThe Gardens of Sa Torre Cega in Cala Ratjada are more than just a place to exhibit sculptures; they are a peaceful natural setting, dotted with sculptures of a variety of styles and materials, offering visitors a beautiful seaside setting full of creativity. Inside the Villa March Palace you can als
Museo de la Guardia CivilMadridMuseo de la Guardia Civil is the Museum of the Civil Guard of Spain that is part of the Historical Studies Service institution of the Civil Guard Headquarters. The museum occupies a total area of 350 square meters, divided over four main rooms: the Flag Room, Weapons Room, Uniforms and Mannequins
Centro de Interpretacion Sobre Los Refugios AntiaereosAlicante
MUHBA The Door of the Sea and the Dockside Thermal BathsBarcelona