Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
Historic Building and Museum in Seville
The Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares is a museum in Seville dedicated to the popular arts and traditions of Andalucia, Spain, created in 1972. It is located in the María Luisa Park, across the Plaza de América from the . The museum is dedicated to the ethnological heritage of Andalusia, both material and human. The objects and utensils on display document the customs, wisdom and ways of life of the traditional culture in the area.
There are exhibitions held in the basement here and including a permanent series of workshop scenes detailing crafts, such as leather work, ceramics and cooperage. There is also an informative history of Seville’s distinctive tile work while upstairs is a display of 19th century costumes, accessories, furniture, musical instruments and rural machinery. Romantic images of bullfighting, flamenco, Semana Santa and the April fair are also here, providing an evocative representation of those aspects of the culture and tradition which help make this city so special. The central room on the main floor of the Museum is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
What to look out for:
- Aguiar collection of Costumbrist painting.
- Soria collection of Oriental ivory and pottery.
- Gestoso ceramics collection.
- Díaz Velázquez collection of 6,000 pieces of lace and embroidery.
- Original posters for the city’s Spring Fair with the museum.
- Loty collection of over 2,000 pieces of antique glassware with details of the city and the Andalusian way of life.
- Two collections of toys and one of over 7,000 postcards.
- Recreation of a Huelva wine cellar.
- Ceramic tiles produced in a factory founded by Englishman Charles Pickman in the former Monastery of Cartuja in 1840.
History of the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of Seville
The museum occupies the Mudéjar Pavilion or Pabellón Mudéjar which was designed by Aníbal González and built in 1914. During the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 it served as an art pavilion, the Pabellón de Arte Antiguo. The exterior is built out of ceramic over brickwork, and has three doors with glazed tiles or azulejos following the underside of an arch.
The museum was initially established in 1972, initially as the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville. In 1980, the City Council agreed to allow the Ministry of Education and Science use the whole building as a museum.
Other names of Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
The Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares has the following names: Museum of Art and Popular Costume.
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Visiting Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares
Sep to Jun
Tue-Sat – 9am – 8pm,
Sun – 9am – 3pm,
Jul to Aug
Free for EU Citizens. Another countries: 1,50€.