Museums in Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain


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Every museum in Cadiz gives you an insight into the wonderful and rich history of the city. Once you have visited and experienced this you will truly feel the weight of history as you meander through its narrow and cobbled streets.

What better way to get to grips with Cadiz art and culture than visiting the city's fantastic museums.

The Museum of the Cortes of Cadiz is a historical museum located on Santa Ines Street. It was built to mark the first anniversary of the Constitution of 1812, the first in the history of Spain. In the 80s and 90s of the twentieth century underwent many reforms. It continued to be reformed and improved with the second anniversary of the consitution on the horizon.

It contains numerous objects of the eighteenth and nineteenth mainly weapons, copies of constitutions, medals, flags and notable pictures. One of the jewels of the museum is a model of the city of Cadiz by Alfonso Jiménez, a military engineer in 1777, which is valuable for understanding the historical and urban capital of Cadiz.

In from the promenade of 'Campo De El Sur' and close to the Old Gates lies the House of Iberoamerica. Formerly a prison, it was built in 1794 by Torcuato Benjumeda. An elegant building it has a rectangular plan around a central courtyard and has two main floors. It was recently transformed to commemorate bicentennial celebrations. It hosts exhibitions and other cultural events.

On Feduchy Street, next to the ‘La Manzanilla’ tavern, you will find a museum dedicated to the history of Sherry wines and bullfighting, two unique ingredients of Andalucian culture. On offer are Sherries of the region and also more notable Sherries including Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Moscatel and Pedro Ximinez.

The exhibition showcases a wide selection of wines of which some are no longer available or gone out of existence altogether. They also offer a look into the world of bullfighting. Here in this part of the museum you can see the images of the last bull-rings in Cadiz and even get to try on an authentic bullfighters cape. Opening times run from 10 to 2 and then reopen from 4 to 8 from Monday to Friday. Saturdays also open from 10 to 2 but to visit you will need an appointment. The number is (Spain) 956 289 716.

In De Mina Square you will find the Museum of Cadiz. The museum began in the nineteenth century when artists and collectors in Cadiz brought together a core of works of the flourishing school, the Academy of Fine Arts, of painting in Cadiz, with final echoes of neoclassicism and romanticism. The chance finding in 1887 of a male Phoenician statue in the grounds of the shipyard in Cadiz was the starting point of an archaeological collection, which justified the creation of a museum of its kind in the city, which was nourished by the findings of it’s own archaeological excavations of the time, donations from individuals and objects that had been collected from national organizations.

The Museum has known several locations during its time until it settled permanently in the building of De Mina Square in 1935, occupying only the ground floor and sharing a home with the Academy of Fine Arts. However, the Archaeological and Fine Arts museums constitute separate departments and not until 1970 did the two institutions merge in the current Museum of Cadiz.

There are guides available for senior citizens and a library. However the library is only open to professionals and students. Currently there is an exhibition of the Phoenician colonization of the city. Excavators have unearthed many artifacts from recent excavations and underwater archeological digs in the bay of Cadiz.

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