The Archaeological Museum of Seville is located in Plaza de América, in front of the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs and next to the Royal Pavilion, inside the María Luisa Park. The building that houses the museum was the former Pavilion of Fine Arts of the Ibero-American Exhibition of Seville.
The Archaeological Museum of Seville has its origins in the late 19th century with the creation of a public collection of antiquities, mostly taken from the Roman city of Itálica. It was consolidated and extended in the mid-20th century when it moved from the former Convent of La Merced to its current site, namely the Fine Arts Pavilion built by Aníbal González for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 and ceded by Seville City Council.
The museum has three floors: The basement has ten rooms open to the public which exhibit tangible evidence of the different societies that succeeded each other during Prehistory and Protohistory in the area we know today as the province of Seville. The ground floor, with eighteen rooms, features the Roman Era, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages up to the Modern Age. The top floor houses the Library, Temporary Exhibition Rooms, Events Room and in-house working areas: Management, Administration, Research, Conservation, Restoration and Promotional Activities.
Main collections: Prehistory, Protohistory, notably the Final Bronze Age, with elements of the Phoenician and Tartessian cultures. Roman collections most of which come from Itálica, with an important display of statues from the time of Hadrian. There are also medieval, Visigothic and Islamic pieces. The room dedicated to the Carambolo Treasure is currently located on the first floor.
The Archaeological Museum of Seville is located in Plaza de América, in front of the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs (former Mudéjar Pavilion) and next to the Royal Pavilion, inside the María Luisa Park. The building that houses the museum was the former Pavilion of Fine Arts of the Ibero-American Exhibition of Seville.
In order to understand the history of Seville and the region in general, it is advisable to carry out a chronological itinerary that can be completed in a two-hour time frame, making sure that the rooms are arranged in the museum, beginning with the Lower Paleolithic, passing by By the important time of the Roman Empire and ending in the Average Age where the Arab and Mudejar remains are found.
You can also make tours through thematic areas, so you do not need to go through some rooms that you do not plan to see focusing the visit in the collections concerned. The first thematic route allows to know the Prehistory, where we find materials of the Copper Age found in a deposit of Valencina of the Conception and that can be dated between the years 2500 and 2000. In this deposit the pieces were found in enclosures with room form And of burial, as great funerary monuments.
Also the Protohistory can be known, where it emphasizes the famous Treasure of the Carambolo, of tartésica time, as well as the treasures of Ébora and Mairena and the jewels of this period, composed by the set of colonizers of the Mediterranean during centuries VII and VI.
Another way of visiting is the gold jewelry tour, starting with the indigenous from Prehistory to Roman times, through the Tartesicas (previously indicated) and the Turdetanas. These jewels are accompanied by other materials that facilitate archaeological understanding. Especially noteworthy is a small representation of the Phoenician goddess Astarté, it is in a sitting position and made in bronze, under it you can read the oldest inscription of the Peninsula.
The Roman world also possesses its particular theme, being able to observe the great colossal and almost human size sculptures of gods and emperors, and the different mosaics, imperial portraits, epigraphy, trade, ceramics, funerary, etc. Here the most outstanding is the mosaic where the Judgment of Paris is represented and the room dedicated to Legal Epigraphy in bronze, composed by the richest collection of legal texts known and varied.
It is formed by three floors divided in turn in rooms containing objects dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.
The ground floor exposes material from provincial prehistoric sites in chronological order. The main floor shows material from the Roman and later periods that also come from the province although mostly they were excavated from the city of Itálica. The first floor is reserved for researchers and various museum services.
It has a file with ample documentary information, both written and graphical of the museum’s funds, in which a site has researchers and individuals who are interested in consulting about the works and collections preserved by the museum.
Conservation and restoration workshop:
Where we work in the continuous restoration and conservation of the museum funds (practically all the materials: ceramic, stone, metals, glass, mosaic, bone, ivory, wood and leather) also exercising a warehouse in which objects from excavations Of all the province and of the urban helmet, also are conserved objects that have donated individuals, organisms and deposits.