Seville Museums and Galleries Tour, Sevilla (Self Guided)

A city situated at the intersection between Arabic and European cultures, Seville has a rich cultural heritage. A visit to this city wouldn't be complete without seeing such iconic sites as its museum and art galleries. Discover the artistic and historical Seville in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archive of the Indies and other institutions, all selected and described in this self-guided tour.
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Seville Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Seville Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Sevilla (See other walking tours in Sevilla)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: emma
Archivo General de Indias

1) Archivo General de Indias (must see)

The Archive of the Indies is a World Heritage Site located close to the Seville Cathedral. Besides being a unique piece of architecture, it serves as a repository that includes as many as 43,000 historical documents, such as maps and books about the Conquistadors and the discovery of the Americas. The building is designed by the famous Juan de Herrera in the Renaissance style.

Why You Should Visit:
Not only is this an amazing building and a work of remarkable architecture, but also a place that calls for reflection.
On the walls, you can see plaques and reminders of everything that the Spanish Crown extracted from Latin America.
The story of the so-called New World is presented as an open book on the walls of this archive. Very interesting.

One of the most interesting exhibits is on the ground floor – the 1616 cannon from the "Nuestra Señora de Atocha" which was a treasure-laden ship that sank in a storm on the way back to Spain from Havana. This one exhibit is enough to make the visit memorable – don't miss it!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4:45pm; Sun: 10am-2pm
Free admission
Naval Museum

2) Naval Museum

Seville's Naval Museum is located in the historic Torre Del Oro (Golden Tower). The building was originally a military watchtower, initially covered with gold. Today, it is used as a museum to display a great collection of documents such as maps, engravings and antiques concerning Spanish maritime history and culture.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 2pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 2pm
Galería La Caja China

3) Galería La Caja China

La Caja China Gallery is located on General Castaños street in Seville. It is a popular gallery that houses mostly Surrealist collections. It usually exhibits works by young artists and the exhibitions last for 25 days.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 21.00; Saturdays from 11.30 to 13.30
Museo Taurino de la Real Maestranza de Caballería

4) Museo Taurino de la Real Maestranza de Caballería

Seville's Museo Taurino is located within the bullfighting arena Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza. It is the right place for those interested in the ancient Spanish tradition of bullfighting. The museum displays a good collection of documents, paintings, photos and historical relics about Seville's Plaza de Toros. There is also a museum shop on the premises.
Museo de Bellas Artes

5) Museo de Bellas Artes (must see)

Located in a 16th-century building, Sevilla's Museo de Bellas Artes is considered one of Spain's best fine arts museums. It showcases a collection of mainly Spanish visual arts from the medieval period to the early 20th century, including a choice selection of works by artists from the so-called Golden Age of Sevillian painting during the 17th century, such as Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco de Herrera the younger, and Juan de Valdés Leal. The museum was founded in 1839, after the shuttering of religious monasteries and convents, collecting works from across the city and region.

Why You Should Visit:
No great masterpieces but lots of interesting/enjoyable things to look at. Just as impressive as the works on display are the courtyards, staircases, tiles, and the ceilings.
Audio guides available, but there are also a few descriptions in English, so you can really focus on the exhibits instead of trying to learn about them.

If you are an EU citizen and have some ID you will get in here for free. Non-EU citizens are charged a very modest €1.5 fee.
There is a free locker for bags and a leaflet at the entrance that explains the background to the collection.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9am–9pm; Sun: 9am–3pm
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo

6) Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo

The Andalusian Center of Contemporary Arts is a huge cultural facility to be found on Cartuja island. It contains open air exhibitions, the Cartuja Monumental Center and the Contemporary Art Museum of Seville. The Center is famous for its artistic activities, seminars, projects and temporary exhibitions.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Santa Maria de las Cuevas

7) Santa Maria de las Cuevas

The Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas is a religious building on the Isla de La Cartuja in Seville. Legend holds that the area, in Moorish times, was honeycombed with caves made by potters for ovens and to obtain clay, and that after the capture of the city by Christians in the thirteenth century, an image of the virgin was revealed inside one of the caves, where supposedly it had been hidden. It prompted the construction of a chapel of Santa María de las Cuevas to house the venerated icon. In the 15th century, the archbishop of Seville, aided by the noble family of Medina, helped found a Franciscan monastery at the site.

In 1964, it was declared a national monument, and now is owned by the government of Andalusia. Restorations were made for the Seville Expo '92. In 1997, it became the site of a museum of contemporary and ceramic art.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sevilla, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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