As the center of Andalusian culture and history, Seville is a delight lovers of both art and history lovers. Seville offers a number of museums which cover a wide range of subjects, from fine art, archaeology and even our most famous art flamenco!
Visiting some of these museums should be integral parts of your adventures throughout the culture rich city of Seville.
1. Flamenco Museum
This Museum is one the most visited ones by the tourists who come to Seville. Not only does the museum allows you to learn about the history of the most traditional dance of the south of Spain you also have the opportunity to see a Flamenco show and learn to dance yourself! The museum itself is highly interactive with a remarkable multimedia show.
You are in Andalusia – I think this is a must see!Read more about the Museo del Baile Flamenco
2. Fine Arts Museum
The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of Spain’s premier art museums with galleries full of works from international artists, such as Zurbarán and Murillo, as it also has one of the most extensive baroque art galleries in Spain. The museum is located in a grand Mannerist palace, which was formerly the Convento de la Merced or Convent of Mercy. It has been an art gallery since 1841.
A stunning art gallery in an impressive building.Read more about the Museo de Bellas Artes
3. Naval Museum of Seville
The Naval Museum of Seville is located inside of the ionic 13th century Torre del Oro or Golden Tower.
The museum has two floors of exhibits and a panoramic terrace and displays a variety of old navigational instruments and models, as well as historical documents, engravings, and nautical charts, relating Seville to the Guadalquivir River and the sea.
Its worth coming to just to get inside the tower.Read more about the Torre del Oro
4. History of the Jewish people of Seville
This small museum or rather a center of interpretation is dedicated to explaining the history of the Jewish quarter of Seville, its history and cultural achievements. They also offer a walking tour of the Jewish quarter.
This is actually an interesting little museum – the tour is worth booking onto too.Read more about the Centro de Interpretacion Juderia de Sevilla
5. Navigation Pavilion
The Pabellón de la Navegación or Navigation Pavilion is an excellent interactive museum about maritime navigation. The museum is split into four parts – navigation, mariners, shipboard life and historical views of Seville. The exhibits are fun, interactive and child-friendly.
Entrance to the museum also includes access to the 50-meter-tall Torre Mirador situated on the river.
Supposedly aimed more for children – I think it looks cool for any age.Read more about the Pabellón de la Navegación
6. Casa de los Pinelo
Casa de Pilatos a beautiful 15th century Sevillian townhouse built around a courtyard. Casa de Pilatos houses two organizations in the building, the Royal Seville Academy of Humanities and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Isabel of Hungary. You are allowed to wander round the building, with researchers happily getting on with their work.
The building houses artwork by Pablo Picasso, including a matador’s cape he drew on and signed, and Seville painters such as García Ramos, Gonzalo Bilbao or Alfonso Grosso. The upper gallery also holds important pieces of contemporary Sevillian sculpture.
This is a hugely underrated Palace to visit.Read more about the Casa de los Pinelo
7. The Bullfight Museum
The Bullfight Museum is located in the Maestranza Bullring itself.
Apart from allowing you to access the Bull Ring itself the museum has preserved items from the greatest bullfighters, images of the most famous bullfights and works of art inspired by bullfighting – including paintings from the 18th century and pieces signed by Goya), grouped in a series of exhibitions.
Although controversial, bull fighting is undeniably distinctively Andalusian…Read more about the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla
8. General Archive of the Indies
The General Archive of the Indies is the home of 15 million pages of documents. These include Christopher Columbus’ journal and the Papal Decree of Demarcation by Pope Alexander VI, dividing the world between Spain and Portugal.
The historic building itself dates was built in 1572, and is an unusually serene and Italianate example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. This structure and its contents were registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site together with the adjoining Cathedral of Seville and the Royal Alcázar of Seville.
It doesn’t look too exciting, but it is part of a World Heritage Site – come so you can tick it off a list?Read more about the Archivo General de Indias
9. Archaeological Museum of Seville
The Archaeological Museum of Seville is located in Plaza de América, Parque de María Luisa. This building is the former Pavillon of Fine Arts during the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville, 1929, created and supervised by Aníbal González.
The museum has artifacts ranging from a series of Roman sculptures, mosaics and statues – many unearthed at the nearby site of Italica – and gold jewelry from the mysterious Tartessos culture.
If you like ancient artifacts and are planning to visit Italica – this is up your street.Read more about the Archeological Museum of Seville
10. Andalucian Contemporary Art Centre
The Andalucian Contemporary Art Centre is one of the main centers of contemporary art in Andalucia. It is located in the Monestario of Santa Maria de las Cuevas.
The museum houses more than 3,000 works, the vast majority of which have been completed in the last sixty years. Once Inside, have a look on some of its curious work of art, as for instance the one dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, as it can be seen on this image, and a lot of other winks to imaginary worlds. The museum usually hosts temporary exhibitions and public events on a regular basis.
Allegedly not the best – but it is set within the ‘a 15th century monastery…Read more about the Monasterio de la Cartuja (Charterhouse)
11. Military Historical Museum
Everything in this museum is worth taking photos of, including its location next to the Plaza de España (the Puerta de Aragón). Admission is free (although the museum is closed during the month of August for maintenance), having ten different themed rooms spread across the three floors of the building. Historical documents and pieces from different eras are the main attraction of the museum, which also has simulation rooms.
Look, if you are in Plaza de Espana and are too hot, come in here – its free…Read more about the Museo Histórico Militar
12. Velázquez Center
A relatively small art collection of about a dozen works by Velázquez and other masters from the City of Seville. The collection is amidst the 17th-century baroque building which served as a residence for priests with its Church and Sevillian courtyard.
Quite a high price to enter, but you also get a free audio guide and it is in the heart of Barrio de Santa Cruz…Read more about the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes
13. Spanish Inquisition Museum
The Spanish Inquisition Museum sits on the site of the excavated 12th-century Castillo de San Jorge, which then became the first headquarters of Spain’s notorious Inquisition in the 15 century. This interesting museum places in context the events which followed the Christian Reconquest of Spain, when many of the Jews who remained and converted became suspected of heresy, and subject to torture – from water-boarding to the rack – designed to extract confessions.
You come to Seville and ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition…’ MuseumRead more about the Castillo de San Jorge
14. Museum of Arts and Traditions of Seville
The Museum of Arts and Tradition of Seville is situated in front of the Archaeological Museum and is the former Pavillon of the Ancient Art during the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville in 1929.
It has numerous rooms which showcase the lifestyle of the Sevillians throughout history. Such things as ancient and traditional Andalusian dresses can be found, items that were used for agricultural work, or galleries that recreate the bedrooms of the farmers or townspeople during the XIX century. It holds a collection of Andalusian popular ceramics and a great collection of early 20th century posters of the Feria de Abril.
This might float your boat but will probably remind you of school trips you were forced to go on as a child.Read more about the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
15. The Science House
The Casa de la Ciencia or Science House is one of the most recent Seville museums. It is located in the Pavilion of Peru on Avenida de María Luisa.
The Science House has established itself as a venue for scientific exhibitions for all audiences. It is one of the most recommended visits when travelling as a family to Seville, since the museum has numerous learning resources aimed at children. The museum has permanent exhibitions on the great species that populate our seas, or the long journey of geological transformations that the Earth has undergone, especially the province of Seville. It also as a planetarium.
The chances, that its raining on a Sunday, and you need to to take your kids somewhere to run around, while pretending you don’t know whose they are is slim – you are in Seville, go get a beer…Read more about the La Casa de la Ciencia
16. The Ceramics Museum
The Centro Cerámica Triana or Ceramics Museum is located in the in the old Ceramica Santa Ana factory in Triana and was opened in 2014.
It is a great place to understand the way ceramics are made and about Triana’s long history of ceramics and how they’ve interpreted the craft over the years.
This might be more interesting than it looks, although it is close to the Inquisitors Museum – are you sure you would not prefer to go there?Read more about the Museo de la Cerámica de Triana
17. Carriages Museum
The Museo de Carruajes or the Carriages Museum is located in the former 19 Century Remedios Monastery and its opening took place in 1999. It is designed to showcase the world of horse carriage. The museum is over three rooms and has preserves harnesses, wagons, and horse-drawn carriages from all eras – including a 18th century chariot.
If you are an equestrian lover and are visiting Seville for 6 months – this is perfect for you.Read more about the Museo de Carruajes