Museu Arqueològic de Son Fornés
Carrer Emili Pou s/n. 07220 Montuïri
971 64 41 69
Under 12s: Free
Guided tours (groups of between 8 and 60 people): €4.50
March-October 10:00 to 17:00
From Monday to Friday: 10:00-14:00
Afternoons: pre-arranged visits only
The Son Fornés Archaeological Museum, owned by the municipality of Montuïri, is located in an old 18th-century windmill on the outskirts of the municipality on the PM-322 road towards the municipality of San Juan, in the middle of the Pla de Mallorca.
This small windmill was restored and adapted throughout the 1990s. The headquarters of the Mallorcan museum, nowadays known as the Son Fornés Archaeological Museum, were housed in it, in a space from where the Son Fornés archaeological site, from which it takes its name, is managed.
After arriving at this magnificent setting you can not only delve into the prehistory of Son Fornés, but also experience a journey through time to discover the prehistory of the Balearic culture of the last millennium before our era and its relationship with the western Mediterranean.
The museum comprises four different spaces:
One greets the visitor and puts Son Fornés in the context of its relationship with the world.
The second space displays how an early community – the Talayotic – lived over a period of almost 400 years. In this room you can discover what happened in talayots 1 and 2 of this Mallorcan archaeological site, what they were like and what was found in the houses of the ancient settlement, and what the typical crockery of the era was like, perfectly designed for cooking stews.
This journey through time continues with the Balearic or post-Talayotic period when the island opened itself to the western Mediterranean. The slingers, associated with the ruling classes, started to travel to fight for their Ibizan neighbours as highly prized mercenaries, and with them arrived wine and other objects that would be exotic to the islanders of the time.
The third room explains how the arrival of the Roman consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus in 123 bce transformed the island’s relations with the neighbouring Ebusus (Ibiza) and how the island was territorially organised. After that date two capitals were established: Pollentia and Palma – one at each end of the island – where merchandise and people arrived from all over the Mediterranean, known by the Romans at that time as Mare Nostrum. These cities would shape the island’s pace of life and it was from them that all sorts of ideas and technological advances would spread into the interior of Maiorica.
From this time onwards Son Fornés and the Balearics in general definitively entered into in the political and commercial dynamics of our beloved Mediterranean.
This small Mallorcan museum is the ideal starting point for finding out how a small Talayotic community from the Pla de Mallorca lived and how it adapted and developed with the changing times, in a world that was more connected than we imagine.