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The Museo de Mallorca


Amongst all of the museums in Palma de Mallorca, the Museo de Mallorca plays a rather special role.

The majority of these museums are either owned by the municipality of Palma, by the Catholic church or by financial institutions and Savings Banks. The Museo de Mallorca is owned and administered by the Spanish state and its Ministerio de Cultura in Madrid.

The Museo de Mallorca is housed in one of Palma’s great town palaces, the Palacio de los Condes de Ayamans, a building commonly known by the name of Ca la Gran Cristiana.

I would normally recommend a visit to the Museo de Mallorca even though it offers a rather haphazard hotchpotch of exhibits, mainly from the historic periods of the Talayotic settlements, the Roman presence here, the Islamic period plus some mediaeval treasures of mainly religious paintings. I can’t recommend a visit though, because the museum is closed for a rather extensive overhaul. Works currently being carried out may well result in a prolonged closure of the museum facilities and its exhibits, possibly until 2011.

What a shame.

The relatively good news is that the Museo de Mallorca has two outposts on the island. The Museo Monográfico de Pollentia is a very small museum in Alcúdia, concentrating on excavated finds from the nearby Roman settlement, Pollentia. The Museo Etnològic de Muro is a small museum based in a splendid 19th century town house in Muro. Both museums, however, do not remotely show anything near as impressive as the Palma museum does, when it is open. Instead I would recommend a visit to the Museum de la Historia de la Ciudad, at the Castell de Bellver, if you are interested in Mallorca’s past and in particular, the Talayotic, the Roman and the Islamic periods.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 17th, 2009. The time was 12:14:50.

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