City life on the far borders of the Empire. The precedents for the Museo Nacional de Arte
Romano can be traced back to the 16th century when certain nobles in the MÃ©rida area started to bring together important collections of ancient artefacts, which in time were to become the nucleus of the future museum of Roman art. This is the context of the different initiatives to safeguard the archaeological heritage of the city, such as those devised by institutions and
private individuals from the 18th century onwards. The archaeological importance of MÃ©rida led the State in 1838 to cede the baroque church of the Convent of Santa Clara, where the rich series of archaeological remains from the city were collected together, considerably enriched by the finds from the excavations carried out on the site by JosÃ© RamÃ³n MÃ©lida and Maximiliano
MacÃas, the founders of modern archaeology in MÃ©rida.
The building. With the intention of creating a museum devoted exclusively to the Roman art and culture of MÃ©rida, the architect Rafael Moneo was commissioned to build the new Museum building, which was inaugurated in 1986. The Museum is now a centre for research into Roman culture and its diffusion. It hosts different scientific and cultural events with the aim of explaining the Romanization process of Hispania through its important collections and to
promote studies of Roman Hispania in general and the province of Lusitania in particular.
Opening hoursTuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
(1 December to 28 February)
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00
to 21:00 (1 March to 30 November)
Sundays and public holidays, 10:00 to 14:00
Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31
December and one local holiday
Museum internal and external photos (3)Click on the images to enlarge