Museums Walking Tour, Part I (Self Guided), Malaga

The historic city centre of Malaga enjoys a great number of museums, making it one of the few cities with a high density of museums. It is not just the number of the venues that attracts, but all the diversity. Each museum is unique in its way, providing exhibits like musical instruments, visual art works and other fascinating ones. Take this tour and visit the most attractive museums in Malaga.
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Museums Walking Tour, Part I Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour, Part I
Guide Location: Spain » Malaga (See other walking tours in Malaga)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo Interactivo de la Música (MIMMA)
  • Museo-Acuario Aula del Mar
  • Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
  • Museo Tesoro de la Cofradía de La Expiración
  • Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
  • Museo del Vino
  • Museo Interactivo de la Ciencia y Tecnología Principia
Museo Interactivo de la Música (MIMMA)

1) Museo Interactivo de la Música (MIMMA) (must see)

The Museo Interactivo de la Musica (MIMMA) is the repository of the collection of musical instruments by Miguel Angel Piedrola Orta. It is the largest private collection of musical instruments in Europe. Having opened its doors in 2002, the museum has recently been relocated to Palacio Conde de las Navas, Calle Beatas, 15.

The latest technology is used to disseminate sound and the design of the museum allows sound to stimulate the senses. Visitors can interact with exhibits through playing instruments, graphic systems, panels, audio inputs, interactive stations, and multimedia spaces. The museum has nine rooms with themes reflecting the different aspects of music, its origins, history, the science of music, its relationship with the brain and its cultural diversity. There is a room devoted to flamenco, the music of Andalusia, and sections for the types of musical instruments, the evolution of recorded music and music in radio and film.

The collection includes a range of musical instruments and music memorabilia from countries around the world. There are 400 instruments displayed at a given time but the museum owns over a thousand instruments. It has many interactive exhibits that adults will find interesting. Children will find the MIMMA fascinating because they are encouraged to touch the exhibits and play all the displayed instruments.

Why You Should Visit:
Provides a really nice overview of different instruments, including from around the world, without being overwhelming or requiring a lot of time.
There are interactive screens (4 languages), which tell you some information about the instruments and let you listen to the sounds they can make.
On the top floor are toilets and an outside roof terrace with a few tables and seating and a vending machine for drinks.
There is also a small gift shop selling a range of music-themed souvenirs.

The rooms in the museum are divided by color: black, white, and red. The red ones are those where you can take musical instruments and try your best to follow the instructional videos on the screen or just do your best improv. If you can actually play the instrument, be assured that everybody around you will be properly awed.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10:30am-4pm; Tue-Sun: 10:30am-7:30pm
Museo-Acuario Aula del Mar

2) Museo-Acuario Aula del Mar

The aquarium and marine museum of Malaga showcases a variety of species native to the Alboran Sea that stretches from Gibraltar to Cabo de Gata in Almeria. The museum was established to educate the public about the marine life surrounding Malaga.

The museum opened in 1990 with more than 30 tanks showcasing different species of marine life. The tanks have a capacity of 50,000 liters. The aquarium consists of reproductions of the natural habitat of over 500 marine animals like underwater sea beds and grottos. There is a section devoted to sharks and other invertebrates and a turtle patio with turtles of all sizes. Other exhibits include ships, scale models and fishing equipment.

The Sea Club at the facility consisting of marine biologists, divers, fishermen and students as members hosts seminars and conferences on the protection of the diversity of marine life. There is a projection room where audio visual programs on marine life are held. The facility has a marine hospital run by an organization called CREMA. The purpose of the organization is to rehabilitate endangered marine species along the coastline of Malaga. The hospital treats injured turtles and dolphins regularly.

Visitors can learn about the marine biological wealth of the Alborain Sea while visiting the museum. Explanations are available in Spanish and English for their convenience.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga

3) Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (must see)

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC) was established by the city government as a result of the growing demand of the people and the artistic community for a venue to showcase paintings and art of the 20th and 21st century. After the art gallery opened its doors, many local artists were able to display their creations in a facility at the heart of the city.

The CAC is housed in an old warehouse. The building stands on the location of a former wholesalers market. The structure that housed the wholesale market was designed in 1939 by architect, Luis Gutierrez Soto who was famous for his Spanish rationalist style of architecture. The museum was formally inaugurated in 2003 by the Duke and Duchess of Palma. The gallery has over 2400 meters of exhibition space. Visitors are welcomed by a sculpture of the Moving Man by the German artist, Stephen Balkenhall.

The center has over 400 examples of Spanish contemporary art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. There is a permanent collection of contemporary art that depicts modern man and modern society and the center frequently holds temporary exhibitions. Every Wednesday, visitors are taken on a guided tour around the temporary exhibitions hosted by the art gallery.

Why You Should Visit:
To be able to come along anytime, free of charge and wander around this cavernous white concrete bunker always full of at least one interesting exhibition is a joy.
The collection is eclectic traversing many media and there are wonderful open spaces where you can really stand back and admire the work.

Make sure you visit about an hour before lunch so you can also visit the excellent (annexed) Oleo Restaurante.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm (Winter); Tue-Sun: 10am-2pm / 5-9pm (Summer)
Museo Tesoro de la Cofradía de La Expiración

4) Museo Tesoro de la Cofradía de La Expiración

The Museum of the Treasures of the Brotherhood of Expiry, located near the San Pedro Church is dedicated to the robes and other relics that accompany the Easter Parade in the city. The Museum forms part of the group of buildings belonging to the Brotherhood.

Brotherhoods were formed by noble families in the history of Malaga. Each brotherhood carried an image and went on parades during the holy week. The brotherhood of expiration carried images during the Easter week. The museum is located in the El Perchel neighborhood of Malaga. The location is one of the oldest and with traditional architectural styles in the city. The museum and the buildings of the brotherhood preserve the traditional character of the surroundings.

The throne and traditional robes of the figures taken in the Easter Parade are kept for the rest of the year in the museum. The brotherhood traditionally guards the clothes and other accessories and the images of the Virgin of Los Dolores Corona and Christ of the Expiration. The images are escorted through the streets during Easter by the local police.

Visitors are welcome at the museum. An appointment is required to pay a visit to view the exhibits at the museum.
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

5) Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (must see)

The Popular Arts Museum in Málaga is an ethnographic museum that showcases traditional arts and crafts from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The rural and urban lifestyles of the people in the city through the ages are depicted through the exhibits at the museum.

The museum is in a large house called the Meson de la Victoria. The building was constructed by the Franciscan monks of the convent of Victoria in 1632. Like most houses in the 17th century, there was a central patio with rooms around. There are 19 exhibition rooms on two floors. Each room has exhibits that show the lifestyle of the people in different eras and their traditional occupations at the time.

Exhibits include tools and implements used by seafarers, carpenters, ironworkers, lace makers, wineries, bakers and harnesses used by farmers and transporters on their beasts of burden. There are two portraits of Anita Delgado, a poor girl from Málaga who became a princess of the erstwhile State of Kapurthala in India. There is an interesting set of clay figures showing people carrying out different types of trades. Another collection has posters and raisin boxes with women in different traditional costumes from the region around Málaga.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting exhibits in lovely typical Andalusian style house and, of course, a patio to sit and relax away from the heat.
The collection is well-displayed and with just enough info in Spanish & English to take you back into the 19th century.

Children would love it here, but the more religious art is perhaps a bit too dark for younger kids.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-3pm
Museo del Vino

6) Museo del Vino (must see)

In the historic center of the city lies this unique museum devoted to the wines produced in and around Málaga. Museo del Vino not only has a range of wine-related exhibits but also serves as an educational facility for those who wish to learn about wine and its history.

The museum is housed in an 18th-century building called the Palais of Biedmas. Pedro Morales started the distillery here in 1830. It was the first distillery in Andalusia. Morales created a unique brand of wine called Pedro Morales Aguardiente de Ojén. Aguardiente was distilled from Málaga’s muscatel grape and flavored with anise. Soon it became famous all over the world for its taste, potency and unique coffin shaped bottle. The distillery and the recipe for Aguardiente disappeared in 1920 with no male heir to carry the family tradition forward. In 1997, the distillery was refurbished and turned into the Museo del Vino.

Visitors can travel through the history of winemaking in Málaga and its traditions while viewing exhibits at the museum. There are over 400 antique lithographs, wine bottles, wine and barrel labels, hand-painted tiles showing the life of agriculturists in Andalusia, winemaking implements, and raisin boxes. Cellar and winery tours are arranged and wine tasting afternoons are organized by the museum.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy reading about the ancient history of Spanish winemaking, but (let's be honest) to enjoy wine-sampling even more.
If you're looking to bring home a souvenir, the museum sells all of their sample wines in the tasting room.

If you don't arrive by 4pm, they may not let you in.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-2pm
Closed: January 1, 6; December 24, 25, 31
Museo Interactivo de la Ciencia y Tecnología Principia

7) Museo Interactivo de la Ciencia y Tecnología Principia

The Principia combines an interactive science center and planetarium. The aim of the center is to promote scientific and technological advancements to visitors in an entertaining way. All exhibits encourage visitors to think, reflect and experience while interacting with the modules.

The Principia Science Centre belongs to the secondary school, Nuestra Senora de la Victoria. The establishment of the museum was to supplement the curriculum of the school. Later it was opened to the public as an interactive science center and planetarium. Since it was conceived as a center to teach students, a strong emphasis is placed on education in addition to entertainment.

The Science Center has three main sections. The Thomas Hormigo project room has more than 60 interactive modules that teach children and adults about different types of natural phenomena. The Faraday room children are encouraged to perform experiments relating to electrostatics, mechanics, optics, physics and chemistry. Children can see two hundred thousand stars, constellations and planets at the planetarium and learn about all that is visible in the sky at night.

Visitors can also use the interactive modules of a parallel earth and a sundial with a laser disk located outside the Principia.

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