Plaza del Coso Viejo
Antequera Town Hall Tourism Department. The Museum of the Antequera Town was created as
“Municipal Archaeological Museum” in 1908 at the request of the archaeologist Rodrigo Amador de los Ríos. It was firstly installed in one of the lower corridors of the Municipal Palace where, for more than fifty years, an important collection of pieces with historical value, most of them from Roman time, were gathered. In 1966, by virtue of a Ministerial Order, it is created the Municipal Museum of Antequera and “a Board of Trustees is appointed to watch its establishment and development”. The Palace of Nájera, which was restored for that purpose, was the new place chosen for its installation. Finally, the new Museum was officially inaugurated on the 15th March 1972 by Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía who were Prince and Princess at the time.
The new Museum of the Antequera Town was inaugurated in 2011 after the extension and improvement works in the old building. Thanks to these works, it has become one of the most import museums in the municipal sphere within the Andalusian Community. The remodelling, which has been financed by the Antequera Town Hall and the “Red de Ciudades Medias del Centro de Andalucía (Network of Middle Towns of the Middle of Andalusia) project sponsored by the Regional Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Sport of the Andalucia Government, has implied an investment of around five million Euros, including both the building works and the installation of the museum exhibitions. The result of this extension and improvement is reflected in a building with five thousand square meters consisting of the historical Palace of Nájera plus two adjoining new buildings whose facades face the Coso Viejo square and the Nájera street.
At the Museum we can find a souvenir shop which is also used as a left-luggage office, information point, ticketing service, audio guide service in five languages, auditorium with audiovisual projections, administrative offices, health services, rooms for temporary exhibitions, stores, restoration workshops and twenty permanent exhibitions rooms laid out in a chronological way from Prehistory to our times. The building is free of architectural barriers.
The twenty permanent exhibition rooms are the following:
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