Museums in Palma de Majorca

Majorcan art and culture, and specially art and culture from Palma, surprises visitors due to the fact that the island’s cultural heritage is not very well known. That is the reason this article will take a stroll around the museums in Palma de Majorca and to admire the treasures hidden within.

Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation
C/ Joan de Saridakis, 29. Telf.: 971 70 14 20
It offers a permanent Joan Miró exhibition as well as other temporary exhibitions by other artists. The workshop where the artist worked in his last years can also be contemplated.

Es Baluard. Palma Museum of Contemporary Modern Art
Pl. Porta de Santa Caterina, s/n. Telf.: 971 90 82 00
In addition to other temporary collections it also houses a private collection of modern and contemporary art belonging to an island businessman. The refurbishment carried out on the wall to construct the building is very interesting.

Contemporary Spanish Art Museum
C/ Sant Miquel, 11. Telf.: 971 71 35 15
This museum offers a collection of Joan Miro’s work, 20th Century Spanish paintings and sculptures by, among others, Miró, Picasso, Barceló or Chillida. The museum is located in a large 18th Century mansion that was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th Century in a regionalist style.

Museum of Majorca
C/ Portella, 5. Telf.: 971 71 75 40
This museum is divided into two sections: archeology and fine art. The gothic painting collection is well worth a visit. It is located in a Gothic Palace, Ca la Gran Cristiana.

Diocesan Museum
C/ Mirador, 5
It contains a religious legacy made up of original and unique pieces, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other objects from the 14th century and above all 16th century. It can be found in the Palau Episcopal, next to the Cathedral.

Municipal Museum of Palma
Bellver Castle. Telf.: 971 73 06 57
It exhibits prehistoric archeological pieces and covers the Roman, Arabic and Medieval eras of the city of Palma. It is located in Castell de Bellver, a 14th Century castle situated at the top of a hill that offers splendid views over the city.

National Heritage Museum
C/ Palau Reial, s/n
It is located inside the Almudaina Royal Palace, an ancient Islamic fortress that was turned into a palace by the Majorcan Kings in the 16th Century.

Cathedral Museum
C/ Palau Reial, 29. Telf.: 971 72 31 50
It is located in Palma Cathedral itself and exhibits Gothic, renaissance and Mudejar style sacred art pieces, paintings and sculptures. Among the pieces is a 15th Century Vera Cruz relic with incrusted jewels.

Krekovic Museum
C/ Ciutat de Querétaro, 3. Telf.: 971 24 94 09
It exhibits 150 canvases dedicated to the Incan Empire and pre-Incan civilizations.

‘La Caixa’ Foundation
Plaza Weyler, 3. Telf.: 971 17 85 00
It is located in the Gran Hotel in Palma . A beautiful building by the modernist architect Lluis Domènech y Montaner. It possesses a permanent exhibition of Anglada Camarasa’s work and numerous temporary exhibitions popular with both Majorcan and Palma citizens.

Sa Nostra Cultural Centre
C/ Concepción, 12. Telf.: 971 72 52 10
It houses a large number of temporary exhibitions as well as holding a wide range of concerts.

Casal Solleric
Passeig del Born, 27. Telf.: 971 72 20 92
Contemporary Art Exhibition Centre. It also houses a documentation center on the centre’s art. Casal Solleric is an 18th Century Baroque palace.

Casal Balaguer
C/ Unió, 3. Telf.: 971 71 24 89
It houses the headquarters of the Majorcan Circle of Fine Arts. Very interesting temporary exhibitions are held. The original decoration is still conserved on the ‘Noble’ floor.

La Llotja
Sa Llotja, s/n. Telf.: 971 71 17 05
Each month it houses temporary exhibitions. The building itself is the Balearic Island Gothic building, par excellence.

Museum of old dolls
C/ Palau Reial, 27. Telf.: 971 72 98 50
Collection of old dolls from all eras and different cultures.

In addition to these museums, in Palma there are other points of interest with regards to museums and culture which the visitor should not miss:

The Arab Baths C/ Can Serra. Telf.: 971 72 15 49

The Cathedral C/ del Palau Reial. Telf.: 971 72 31 30 Gothic Temple whose construction began in 1230 and finished in 1587. The large Rosette window over the main altar must not be missed.

The San Francisco Basilica Plaça Sant Francesc, 7. Telf.: 971 71 26 95 Gothic Church with a Baroque façade that houses the tomb of Ramon Llull (who we have dedicated a complete article to). Its 14th Century Gothic Cloister is very interesting.

Bellver Castle Telf.: 971 73 06 57 Situated on one of the hills surrounding the city of Palma, it offers a privileged panoramic view over the capital. It was built in the 14th Century and was home to the Kings of Majorca.

Palma Patios Telf.: 971 72 77 48 Interior Patios in typical houses in Palma old town. They are open to the public from the end of May till the beginning of June. The rest of the year some can also be found open depending on each patio in particular. There are guided visits, There is an article dedicated to these patios.

Pueblo Español C/ Pueblo Español, 39. Telf.: 971 73 70 75 A group of reproductions of Spanish houses, palaces and monuments. Some of its buildings contain handcraft workshops, shops, bars and restaurants.

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