If you’re a fan of history, you will be in paradise on Mallorca.
The island has been conquered several times, with proof of inhabitants back to prehistoric times. The Romans have ruled the island, there is what is known as the Moorish period when the island was occupied by Muslims from North Africa, and then came the Christians. Mallorca has been fought over many times, even continuing into the 20th century with the Republicans and Nationalists doing battle.
The uniting of two smaller nations to form Espana in 1749 brought it under the rule of Spain, and the only attempts to take the island since have been financial ones when other countries have offered to purchase the island.
Mallorca’s history is well documented and there are many museums, large and smaller local ones, where you can see artefacts from all eras of rule. You will also find amazing art collections that include the work of many famous artists.
Museu Diocesa, Palma
The small museum is packed with religious and historical artefacts. It is based in a wing of the former home of the Bishop of Palma, just behind the Cathedral. The collections span five centuries and include paintings, prayer books, ceramics and Arab tapestries among other things. It opens every day except Sundays, 10.00 till 2.00, and there is a small entrance fee.
Pottery Museum, Marratxi
Pottery has been an important source of income for Mallorca for centuries and this museum shows the different techniques and functions the clay has had for different cultures. Entrance to the museum is free, but you do have to arrange your visit by phoning first.
Museum of Antique Dolls, Palma
This museum is mainly dedicated to the golden era of dolls, 1840 to 1930. There are dolls made of wax, wood, terracotta and fabric. The German and French doll makers, who were renowned for their craft, made some of the dolls on display, as well as examples from Italy and Japan.
The Museu Parroquial, Alcudia
You will find this museum at the site of the Church of Sant Jaume in a building that was formed as part of the wall. It houses a very interesting collection of religious art and is just one of the museums in the area. Alcudia has many Roman connections with parts of the Roman buildings still standing.
Pollenca Monographic Museum
This museum is dedicated to the Roman era and is housed in a small 14th century building. It has many objects found locally and displays what daily life was like when Pollenca was occupied by the Romans. During the holiday season it is open Tuesday to Friday – 10.00 till 3.00, and out of season from 10.00 till 4.00. Weekends it is open 10.00 till 2.00 all year round. Children under 12 are free, but there is a small entrance fee for everyone else.
Museum of Modernism, Soller
Just 2 minutes walk from the main square in Soller you will find a Modernist art collection with works by internationally known artists such as Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Leger and Chillida. The main focus is on artists who had a connection to the Balearic Isles. As well as these permanent exhibitions, there are halls for temporary displays and gardens where live cultural events are held.
The many others
These are just a very small sample of the museums on Mallorca, there are many others located all over the island. When you are staying in the luxury property you have rented from Balearic Villas, the museums are just one of the attractions the island has to offer.
We have over 15 years experience in the industry of renting property on the Balearic Isles, and our expert multilingual advisors will make organising your holiday simple and stress free, as well as letting you know about all the extra services we offer.
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