Make Time to Visit at Least Some of These 8 Museums in Valencia
Discover Valencia’s Beautiful Museums
Planning a trip to Valencia and you do not know how to make the best of your time there? Let us help! We have put together a list of the top 8 museums you could visit. Art museums, ceramic museums and much more are waiting for your curious eyes to fall on their display cases and we are convinced that you will find the experience more than intriguing and educational. And do not expect the regular kind on museum going experience. On the contrary! Get ready to have your mind blown by some of these places.
Valencia’s top 8 museums
El Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti
The ‘Gonzalez Marti’ National Ceramics Museum
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This museum, the only national one in Valencia, holds a collection of decorative arts, ceramic objects, furniture, clothing, paintings, graphical arts and more. It is housed by the Palace of the Marques de dos Aquas, in a stunning building with a matching interior. This will be a 2 in 1 treat as you can also take a guided tour of the building. Take your time on this visit and observe the fine architectural details of this Rococo palace.
Careful when you plan your trip, though. The museum is closed on Mondays. On the rest of the days, entry is €3/1.50 or free for people with disabilities, pensioners, students and under 18.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
City of Arts and Sciences
This is not your conventional type of museum. The modern building, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava is spread across two kilometers on the former riverbed of the Turia River. The complex is made out of the Oceanographic (Europe’s biggest aquarium), the Hemisferic (a giant 3D movie theatre with a 900 meters concave screen that involved spectators and runs documentaries), the Principe Felipe Science Museum (where you can interact with any of the exhibits), the Umbracle (an open space garden with Mediterranean plants and contemporary sculptures) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (opera house). Many of these places require prior booking as they are constantly packed.
Museo de Las Bellas Artes de Valencia
The Valencia museum of Fine Arts
Housed in a beautiful 17th century palace, the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia stands out with a remarkable collection of medieval art pieces, paintings, sculptures and etchings done through the centuries. Here you can admire the works of Goya, Van Dyck, Velazquez, El Greco and Ribera. There is also one room dedicated to the local Valencian artist, Joaquin Sorolla. Entrance is free and the museum is closed on Mondays.
Instituto de Valencia d’Arte Moderna (IVAM)
The Valencia Modern Art Institute
This is the most important modern art institute in Valencia and a place where people can come, study and reflect on the works of art. There are conferences and events in the fields of art and culture. Their permanent displays are those of abstract sculptor Julio Gonzalez and painter Ignacio Pinazo. You can also admire some of the works of Joaquin Sorolla and Pablo Picasso. Art lovers can also browse through over 47,000 free to use art documents; they can attend book and poetry readings, see movies or listen to music.
The entrance fee is € 1-2, €1 or free for the retired, unemployed, disabled and children under the age of 10.
Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia
A vase on display at the Museum of Prehistory
The Museum of Prehistory in Valencia holds a collection of the objects discovered during the excavations in various sites around the area. It is one of the preferred educational destinations for kids and it is important for the community as it sheds light on the early settlers and how they lived. The materials presented there are from the Paleolithic to the Visigoth periods.
Museo Valenciano de la Ilustracion y la Modernidad (MuVIM)
Street view of the Valencian Museum of Illustration and Modernity
The MuVIM was opened in 2001 and it was dedicated to the illustration period. In time, the concept evolved and the museum now hosts exhibitions related to photography, design, cooking, music, modern life topics and more. It is all done in the idea of recreating the modern life context through various and very different elements. The museum is unique in the sense that it brings a regional flavor to this concept.
Inside the Fallas Museum
The Fallas museum holds the ninots. These are gigantic figures made of wood, cardboard and plaster made especially for the Fallas Festival. During the festival, the ninots are parades then set on fire. The Fallas museum is the place where the ninots spared by popular vote since 1934 are on display. You can also see photos from past Fallas editions and other materials to help you better understand the festival.
Almoina Archeological Center
The Almoina Archeological Center
With the region of Valencia having such a rich past, it is no wonder there are several history museums. The Almoina Archeological Center holds pieces from Roman, Visigoth and Arab times. You can see the ruins of the first Roman settlement 2000 years ago and you can see remnants of buildings and baths. The two main roads in any Roman city, the cardo and the decumanus, are the main attraction. There are also ample remains from the Islamic period, with a courtyard and part of the fortifications.
If time will allow it, you can really enjoy each trip to these amazing museums. If not, you can choose the ones you wish to see the most. Either way, we hope this article has provided you with useful information to help you better plan your trip to Valencia.