Plaza de Mina, s/n.
Phone: +34 956 20 33 68
Fax: +34 956 20 33 81

Museum Of Cadiz

The current Museum of Cadiz began with the Confiscation of Mendizabal in 1835 and the deposit in the city's Academy of Fine Arts of a series of paintings from various convents which were seized. Among these works, there is a series of paintings by Zurbaran from the Monastery in Jerez de la Frontera. Meanwhile, throughout the 19th century, the Academy of Fine Arts gathered together a nucleus of works from the flourishing school of Cadiz, with the final echoes of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Costumbrismo and historical paintings.

The chance finding in 1887 of the male Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagus on the site of the Cadiz shipyards was the starting point of the archaeological collection, and justified the creation of a museum of this type in the city. The museum built its collection from the findings of the archaeological excavations carried out at the time, donations by individuals and objects which the Historic and Artistic Committee for Monuments in the Province, which was set up for this purpose under the laws made by the various liberal governments from the reign of Isabella II, after the 1868 revolution.

The Museum has had several headquarters throughout time, such as Callejon del Tinte or Paseo de Canalejas, and in 1935 was set up permanently in the building in Plaza de Mina, only taking up the ground floor and sharing the building with the Academy of Fine Arts. Nevertheless, Archaeology and Fine Arts were in two separate museums, with different directors and staff.

It would not be until 1970 that both institutions would come together in the current Museum of Cadiz, also including an Ethnography Section. From 1980, wo... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (13)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum of Cadiz collections have diverse origins.

The works in the Archaeological Section were discoveries made by chance, such as the masculine Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagus, donations of historical collections by individuals, particularly rich in numismatic findings, or scientific archaeological excavations. These excavations are the source of most of the objects in the section and they represent significant growth in the future. The main enclaves from which some of the unique pieces of the museum have come are: with regard to the prehistoric findings, the various caves and dolmens in the province; the Phoenician and Roman findings originate from Cadiz itself, and from the Roman cities of Baelo Claudia (Tarifa) and Carissa Aurelia (Espera). The medieval period is the one which is least represented, corresponding to the historic evolution of the city.

The works gathered by the Academy of Fine Arts Cadiz throughout the 19th and 20th century constitute the core of the Fine Arts Section. This initial nucleus has grown thanks to purchases made by the Junta de Andalucia, in particular, over the last few years, with regard to the addition of works to the Contemporary Art collection. Likewise, the donations from individuals have also been of note over recent years, in particular, a work by Ignacio Zuloaga Portrait of Micaela Aramburu Picardo, donated by the family of Aramburu Picardo in 2003.

Finally, the Ti­a Norica puppet collection was acquired by the State.


European Union: free, providing proof of nationality.
Other Countries: 1.50 .

Opening hours

Monday: closed.
Tuesday: 14.30 to 20.30 .
Wednesday to Saturday: 9.00 to 20.30.
Sunday: 9.00 to 14.30 .
Open on Bank Holidays: 9.00 to 14.30.

The Museum will open on the following public holidays:
28 February (all day).
15 August
07 October
12 October.
01 November
06 december
08 December

The Museum will be closed on the following days:
1 and 6 January.
19 February.
25 March.
01 May.
24, 25 and 31 December.

Getting there

Urban bus services: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8.
Taxi ranks: Plaza de San Antonio and Plaza de Espana.
Train Station: Cadiz train station is in Plaza de Sevilla.
Bus station: COMES coach travel service is at Plaza de la Hispanidad.


There is a museum shop that has a wide range of articles and publications for sale.

Other services
The museum provides voluntary elderly guides.

Researchers only.
No pre-arranged opening times; visits must be arranged with Management and Experts.

Other facilities
Restoration workshop.

Museum internal and external photos (2)

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