Municipal Museum of Antequera

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Antequera, Spain

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Municipal Museum of Antequera Nov 16, 2013
The municipal museum in Antequera has one very interesting floor with Roman artefacts from the region, and three floors of art. As the entrance fee is quite low, it’s probably worth going for the Roman artefacts, and the temporary exhibition on pre-Roman Andalucia was interesting too, although the art wasn’t really my thing.

The museum is in a beautiful house in the city centre, and spread over four floors. The bottom floor houses the Roman artefacts. There are quite a few tombs (complete with skeletons, in fact, although whether these are real or not my Spanish isn’t quite good enough to figure out), and some interesting information about the importance of Spanish olive oil to the Roman Empire. The next floor up is largely medieval religious art; lots of pretty Madonnas with babies and the usual quota of saints being tortured to death. There was some interesting gold work and things to look at. Above that, there was a floor specialising in the work of local artist Jose Maria Fernandez (19th C, loosely impressionistic with a bit of Goya-style carnival and nightmare type sketches)and a top floor of a contemporary local artist, Cristobal Toral, who appears a little obsessed with suitcases.

Most of the information boards are in English, and are very informative in the Roman rooms and less so elsewhere, although to be honest I don’t think I would have understood the Toral room even if I’d had a guide. Disabled access would be excellent, it’s not very expensive to get in, and if there’s a good temporary exhibition on then it’s well worth it. There is some refurbishment under way, but this did not interrupt my visit except that the ticket lady was clearly used to the British approach to following signs and was keen to reassure me about it (“and you must now go through the door that is marked Do Not Enter, but this is OK, because you have permission because it is the refurbishment, and you must not worry about passing the sign.”). This is worth an hour of your time if you happen to be passing, but probably not worth a major detour.
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