Museo del Patrimonio Municipal

Museum in Málaga

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The Museo del Patrimonio Municipal or Municipal Heritage Museum is all about Malaga’s art and culture. The museum is often known as known as MUPAM. This museum takes you on a journey through time using artwork of various periods. Usually, it also hosts very good, temporary exhibitions about different aspects of life in Malaga. The modern-looking glass-fronted building on five floors was formerly a Guardia Civil headquarters.

The museum has a selection from the historic and artistic Municipal Heritage. Paintings, sculptures and graphic works including works by Picasso or Carlos Haes.

The collection

With a catalogue of over 4,000 pieces, including sculptures, paintings and graphic works, 94 of the most representative pieces are permanently displayed. As for sculpture, the 66 artists that will be shown in successive exhibitions related to the 20th century are worthy of note.

Room I

The first section you enter is “Room I” which is dedicated to the period between the 15th and 18th centuries. During this period Málaga became part of the kingdom of Aragón and Castile, which  transformed it from a predominantly Arabic society to a Castilian one. There is also a section devoted to baroque celebrations.

Room II

The next is “Room II” which focuses on the 19th century and recreates the City Council’s first municipal museum. We can learn about the origins of Picasso, the “Masters of the 19th century” or Carlos Haes, who features in the “Masterpiece” section.

Room III

Finally “Room III” is dedicated to 20th century artists, especially those who had some connection with the City Council as the “First Scholarships” or the Generation of 50s who ushered the art of Málaga into the modern era. We should also highlight the “Contemporary Trends” that accommodates current Málaga artists. This contemporary section includes a selection of pottery hand-painted by Picasso.

The building

Built by architect Federico Orellana Ortega, the museum was opened in March 1999 and became Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM) in 2007.

The building has another module of three floors opened in 2003, designed by architects Miguel Rodríguez González and Pau Soler Serratosa. It is  given over to temporary exhibitions.

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Visiting Museo del Patrimonio Municipal


Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am. to 2 pm. and from 5 pm. to 8 pm. Summer (from June 1): Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am. to 2 pm. and 6 pm. to 9 pm. On Mondays is closed.


Free for EU citizens, 1.50 euro for others

Address: Museo del Patrimonio Municipal Paseo Reding, 1 29016 Málaga Spain
Telephone: +34 951928710
Duration: 20 minutes

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