Museums and cultural centers

Provincial Archaelogy Museum MARQ

Awarded Best European Museum of 2004, carries out its activities with the main challenge of being the first archaeological museum of XXI century.

Contemporary Art Museum MACA

The Contemporary Art Museum MACA is housed in the city’s oldest surviving civil building. In the baroque style, it dates back to 1685 and is located next to the Santa María basilica. It was originally designed as a cereals warehouse but was also used as a business school before finally becoming a museum. Free access.

Gravina Fine Arts Museum

The Gravina Fine Arts Museum occupies the 18th century Gravina Palace, which once belonged to the Count of Lumiares and housed the Provincial Archives. It exhibits works owned by the Provincial Council of Alicante, with collections comprising works of art created in Alicante from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Free access. Closed for renovations.

Alicante City Museum MUSA

The new Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (Alicante City Museum, MUSA) in the fortress of Santa Bárbara, is spread out over five rooms. The ensemble also includes an aljibe, a water tank from the Renaissance period, and a Video room, screening a video about the “Espacio del dolor” (Painful Space) (the dungeons). Free access.

Nativity Scene Museum

This museum is located in a traditional house typical of the city’s Old Quarter. It is home to a permanent exhibition of nativity scenes in homage to the great nativity scene tradition of Spain and various other countries around the world and its collection includes several international pieces. Free admission.

Volvo Ocean Race Museum

The first in the world that offer to visitors a chance to experience the extreme challenges faced by the elite sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world and a race which has Its headquarters in Alicante. Free access

Lucentum Archaelogical Site

Located just 3 kilometres from the city centre, in the area known as Tossal de Manises, are the major archaeological remains of the Roman city of Lucentum or ancient Alicante, which are an important reference point for the Ibero-Roman period.

La Lonja Exhibition Hall

In this unique building there are numerous exhibitions (painting, sculpture, history, nature, …) and activities.

Water Museum

Learn about the influence of water on the history of Alicante through the Alicante Water Museum and the Garrigós wells, and discover the different methods of extraction, the new technologies of capture, distribution and return to the environment. Free access. Temporaly closed for renovations.

Fogueres Festival Museum

If you are interested in festivals and its history, this museum is one of the best exponents of  Fogueres de Sant Joan. A festival wich has been officially declared to be of International Tourist Interest.  Free access.

La Cigarreras Cultural Center

The popular tobacco factory was established at the beginning of the 19th century and is an outstanding example of the area´s architectural urban heritage. When tobacco production was transferred to the surrounding suburbs, the old factory was taken over by the town council. Free access

The Bullfighting Museum

The Bullfighting Museum is housed in one of the buildings that form part of the city’s bullring on the square known as Plaza de España. Free access.

University of Alicante Museum MUA

Devoted to contemporary art, this museum was opened in December 1999 and is located on the campus of the University of Alicante in the nearby town of San Vicente del Raspeig. It is the only museum as such to be housed on a university campus. Free access.

Events in the museums of Alicante city

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