Plaza de América, 3
Phone: +34 954 71 23 91
Fax: +34 954 71 23 98

Museum Of Popular Arts And Traditions Of Sevilla

The building which is currently known as the Pabellón Mudéjar is a work by the architect Aníbal González, who also designed the permanent pavilions for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. It has had many uses since its completion in 1914 until its current function as a museum.

Originally, Aníbal González''s pavilion was conceived with two elevated floors on an aeration chamber which avoided humidity. In the 1960s, the architect Delgado Roig divided the original height of the Main Floor, which was more than twelve metres, using an artificial floor, corresponding to the current First Floor. In 1972, the architect José Galnares Sagastizábal designed the main winding staircase which connects the various floors. After the complete transfer to the State in 1980, the architect Fernando Villanueva Sandino completed the restoration of the aeration chamber, converting it into a lower-ground floor. Consequently, the museum currently has four floors.

On 23 March 1972, the Ministry of Education and Science published the Decree for the Creation of the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Sevilla, which constitutes a section of the Museum of Fine Arts. This decree established that the museum would be installed in the Pabellón Mudéjar. That same year, José Galnares Sagastizábal adapted the building to locate the museum there. The museum opened its doors to the public on 4 March 1973.

The phase between 1973 and 1980 was extremely complicated, due to the complexity of its administrative situation: on the one hand, the museum was dependent on the Ministry of Education and Science, and on the other, the City Council of Sevil... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (7)

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Permanent Collection

The museum mainly comprises collections which were introduced at the time of its establishment, The objects from the Museum of Fine Arts of Sevilla are the most significant, both in quality and quantity. Of special mention are the Aguiar collection of costumbrista paintings; the Soria collection of oriental china and ivory; some pieces from the Orleans collection; and others from the Gestoso collection.

On a smaller scale, other museums in Andalucía have also deposited some objects, such as the Archaeological Museum of Sevilla with the collection of Sevillian tiles or the deposits of the Museum of the Pueblo Español and the Museum of Fine Arts Valencia.

The generosity of the Sevillians was exemplary, during the initial years that objects were being collected, and, to date, has continued in this way. This contribution has filled many gaps with regard to textiles, agricultural tools, household utensils or musical instruments, and was of importance when solving problems related to the permanent exhibition during those difficult years.

The purchase of pieces also contributed to the collections and mainly occurred in the 1970s, both directly in the antiques trade or through the Ministry of Education and Science, Higher Council for Qualifying, Evaluating and Exporting Works of Art; at the suggestion of the museum or exerting pre-emption rights and repurchase rights. Another important part was acquired under the first director of the museum, Salvador de Sancha.

The contribution of most importance came from an individual donation in 1979: the Díaz Velázquez legacy. It is one of the best embroidery and lace collections of its kind in Europe. On its own, it could ...+ [ Read all ]


EU Citizens with proof of nationality: free.
Other Countries: 1. 50 euros.

Opening hours

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

24 and 31 December: closed

The museum will close on the following public holidays:
- 1 and 6 January.
- 9 April.
- 27 April.
- 1 May.
- 16 August.
- 1 November.
- 6 and 25 December.

The museum will open on the following public holidays:
- 28 February.
- 8 April.
- 10 June.
- 12 October.
- 8 December.

Researchers: Monday to Friday, from 8.00 to 14.30.

Getting there

Public Transport
Urban bus services: 1, 30, 31, 33, 34 and 36.
Taxi ranks: Avenida de la Borbolla.
Suburban train station: Virgen del Rocío Hospital halt. San Bernardo halt
Train station: Santa Justa.


The museum has a library specialising in ethnography and museology which is located on the second floor.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00 to 14.30.
Visits must be arranged through the Consejería with a museum expert.

Audiovisual media and photography.
Consultations are arranged by appointment and in advance.

Other facilities
Audiovisual media room.
Conference room.
Sound system with musical programmes.
Restoration workshop.
Photography Laboratory.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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