The 5 most interesting Museums in Valencia, chosen by an insider!
I can already hear you thinking, visiting museums on vacation, I never actually do this and is this something for me? In Valencia there is something for everyone in terms of museums; from history to modern. As an insider, I have listed my 5 favorites with the information you need for your visit!
There is a wide range of interesting museums in Valencia to visit, here you can read more about the following museums: Almoina, Centro Cultural del Carmen, IVAM, Museo de Bellas Artes and Musea de Ceramica. My 5 favorites museums are all located in the center of Valencia, so easily accessible during your city trip in Valencia! Became curious? Read on and see which museum (or maybe museums :-)) in Valencia suits you …
1. Almoina – a city under the city
The perfect place to discover the history of Valencia. The old “Valentia” can be seen here through ancient excavations that have been preserved and are displayed as if you were in Roman times. Museo dell’Almoina collects the most relevant archaeological finds from the excavations from Roman times to the Middle Ages. The museum contains bronze models, pottery, vessels, decorative elements, tombs and even human remains. The visit is supplemented with video / sound presentations and images. It is a true experience because a glass construction has been built on the archaeological remains. Here you literally walk through the history of the city.
The special thing about this museum is that it is only open to the public from 2007. Excavations have taken place from 1985 to 2005. This has led to the discovery of the various monumental buildings and all the archaeological pieces on display here.
Tip: Look in from the outside through the glass, through the reflection you have a great view of the buildings around it: La Seu de Valencia (cathedral) and the Virgen de los Desamperados basilica, for impressive photos to take home!
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The entrance is € 2. This is free on Sundays and public holidays.
2. Centro Cultural del Carmen – changing art
This old monastery is not only an impressive sight from the outside, but inside you will find the constantly changing art. The collections vary from modern to history of different artists. So this museum is full of surprises.
The Centro Cultural del Carmen is located in what used to be the Royal Monastery of Our Lady Carmen. This monastery was built after the Christian conquest of the city of Valencia in 1281. But over the years, perhaps more precisely centuries, the building has already undergone numerous extensions and renovations. In time the building lost its religious significance and the monastery was used as a school of the arts (1848-1986).
In 1983, the building was declared a National Historic Artistic Landmark and the Ministry decided to renovate the entire building. The renovation started in 1989 but since it was completed in 2011, the building has its current function; a center for the arts and the headquarters of the Consortium of Museums in Valencia.
Are you a fan of concerts and have you always wanted to experience this abroad? Be sure to check the Centro Cultural del Carmen website before your visit for the concerts that are given in the beautiful patio.
Tip with children: As a family you want to visit the museum, but the children find it less interesting? The museum has a place where especially the smallest children can enjoy themselves for a while: the “ludotheca”, literally translated into a toy library, this says enough, right? 😉
Museo Centro Cultural del Carmen
Calle Museo 2
Website Museo del Carmen
The museum can be found in the historic El Carmen district. The best thing is to get lost through this old city center and let your senses be stimulated by all the beautiful things you see! With the metro the nearest stop is Turia but then it is a 15 minute walk to Centro Cultural del Carmen. It is of course always possible to take the bus (line C1) or taxi!
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
The museum is closed on Mondays.
3. IVAM – museum of modern art
Those who love modern art should definitely visit the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno. The museum was founded in 1989, the art has certainly changed a lot over the years, in the IVAM you will find not only paintings but also photos, objects, sculptures, videos and comics. The collection contains no less than 11,000 works from the 20th and 21st century, divided over 2 buildings. The permanent collection is displayed in the exhibition areas of the Center Julio González with works by, among others, the Spanish sculptor Julio González (sculpture with steel) and the Valencian painter Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench. In addition, IVAM also has temporary exhibitions in the Sala de la Muralla building, see the current program on the website.
Tip: After your visit, be sure to walk around the building and discover a street full of street art! You can of course also choose to sit on a terrace at Mascaraque IVAM, a nice restaurant with a good menu of the day next to IVAM.
Guillem de Castro, 118
The museum is easily accessible by public transport, on foot or by bicycle. Via bus line C1 the bus stops right in front of the museum. With the metro, take line 1 and get off at the Turia stop, from there it is a short 10-minute walk to the museum.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The museum is closed on Mondays, December 24 and 25, January 1 and January 6. On December 31, the museum closes at 2:00 PM.
For adults € 6.00
For students € 3.00
Free for children up to 10 years old and 65+
Free entrance on Friday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and all day on Sunday.
4. Museo de Bellas Artes – museum of fine arts
The second largest art gallery in Spain, after the Prado Museum (Madrid) the most important fine arts museum with works from the 15th to the 19th century. This beautiful historic building housing the museum was originally the ‘Colegio Seminario San Pío V’, founded by Juan Tomás de Rocabertí, the Archbishop of Valencia in 1683. Traces of the old school can be seen in the cathedral, and this is thanks to the architect Juan Bautista Pérez.
The building has served a variety of functions: Military Academy for Cadets, House of Charity, Army Supply Store, Military Hospital, until it was elected as the headquarters of the Fine Arts Museum in 1946.
The artistic journey begins with a collection of the so-called “Primitives Valencianos”, the medieval painters and artists such as Alcanyís, Nicolau, Jacomart and Reixach among others. Also on display are the works of artists of the Valencian School such as Joanes, los Ribalta, Espinosa, Vicente López, Sorolla and Pinazo. The various rooms in the museum take you to a journey back in time, there is a wide collection of drawings and etchings, as well as sculptures and archaeological pieces.
Other exhibits include works by famous names such as Pintoricchio, Andrea del Sarto, Van Dyck, Murillo, Velázquez, El Greco and Goya.
Tip: Combine your visit to Museo de Bellas Artes with a walk through the beautiful gardens that lie directly next to it; Jardines del Real.
Tip with children: Visit the Museum of Natural Science here to admire real dinosaurs! (Free entry with the Valencia Tourist Card and on Sundays)
Museo de Bellas Artes
San Pío V 9
Website Museo de Bellas Artes
There is no metro station that stops directly at the museum, but a visit to Museo de Bellas Artes can be nicely combined with a walk through the beautiful Turia garden. Get off at Alameda station and take a 10 to 15 minute walk to the museum. Rented a bike during your stay in Valencia? This museum is of course also accessible by bicycle!
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
The museum is closed on Mondays, January 1 and December 31.
5. Museo de Ceramica – ceramics and more…
This is a beautiful palace, inside and out. Be sure to take a moment to look at it from the outside. The museum is located in “El Palacio Marqués de Dos Aguas”, translated to the palace of the Marquis. Dating back to the 15th century, this palace was renovated in 1740 in rococo style with an impressive alabaster entrance topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary and on either side you can see jugs from which streams flow, symbolizing the Júcar and Turia rivers.
Inside you will find the 18th century carriages, the 19th century rooms, medieval ceramics and an important collection of tiles made in the Royals Ceramics Factory in Alcora. The first collection was a state donation of ceramic pieces by the well-known Spanish draftsman, historian, scholar and founder of Museo de Cerámica, Manuel González Martí. In the years that followed, all kinds of Valencian and international pieces were added, such as pottery, furniture, paintings and, last but not least, ceramics.
This collection is divided into different floors:
- On the ground floor: old courtyard where the marquis’ stables and carriages were located.
- First floor: several private rooms, including a ballroom (see the tip below !!) of the Marquis which is full of ceramic pieces, authentic furniture and painting.
- Second floor: ceramic exhibition with pieces from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Not only for ceramic enthusiasts!
Tip: Once a month on Mondays, a free classical concert takes place in the ballroom by conservatory students. Tickets are difficult to obtain because they cannot be ordered online, but you have to pick them up at the museum the day before. Despite that, definitely worth it!
Museo Nacional de Cerámica – Palacio Marqués de Dos Aguas
Calle Poeta Querol 2
Website Museo Nacional de Cerámica
The museum is located in the old town of Valencia, El Carmen. The nearest metro stop is Colon, metro lines 3 and 5 stop here. From there it is about a 5 minute walk. The museum is also easily accessible on foot, by bicycle or taxi.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM and 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
Sundays and holidays: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Closed every Monday of the year, January 1, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31 and two local holidays.
The entrance is € 1.50 but there are some exceptions so you can also get free entrance, for example on Saturdays from 4:00 PM. View the website for all conditions and current regulations!
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