Museu de Mallorca
Carrer de la Portella, 5. 07001 Palma
971 17 78 38
Standard: €2.40 ||
Concessions: €1.20 ||
Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00 – 14:00
Public holidays: Closed
The Museum of Mallorca is located in the heart of the city, in the old town, very close to the Cathedral and some of the city’s most recognisable buildings, including the Almudaina and the Renaissance walls. It is clearly signposted. The exhibition rooms are in the Can Aiamans building, built in the 17th century on top of two stately homes that in turn had been built on top of Islamic buildings. As we can see, the building has great historical value in itself. In it you can see some of the most significant episodes from Palma’s history.
The Museum of Mallorca is owned by the state and its management has been transferred to the Government of the Balearic Islands. It was opened in 1961, with holdings from various public and private collections, and has been the guardian of the island’s heritage since then. It contains three sections: archaeology, ethnology and fine art, and is one of the best known museums in Mallorca.
The museum also has two sections outside Palma; the Ethnological Museum in Muro and the Pollentia Monographic Museum in Alcúdia.
Throughout its different prehistory and classical history rooms you can travel through time, discovering Mallorca’s most significant prehistoric archaeological sites up to the time of the Islamic occupation and the subsequent Catalan conquest.
If you visit the area covering the earliest Balearic societies, you will see materials from the island’s most significant archaeological sites. Through these, you can get an idea of how the first peoples to reach the island transformed it as their needs changed with the passage of time, acquiring new ways of living and coexisting, where pottery shaped their new customs, habits and needs. These societies opened themselves up to the Mediterranean or shut themselves off from it according to internal and external events, until the arrival of the Roman armies of Quintus Caecilius Metellus, who in 123 added Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic archipelago to the Republic, and for ever more to the geopolitical dynamics of the Mediterranean. Since then, the archipelago has been a fundamental geostrategic location in the development of the western Mediterranean.
A magnificent collection of Mars Balearicus (bronze statuettes of warriors), a tomb from the Son Real necropolis and the remains of the Islamic occupation of Palma are especially noteworthy in the different rooms. Through this subterranean archaeological site we can take a walk revealing how the city was just before the Catalan conquest.
Please note that the prehistory and classical archaeology rooms are being refurbished, a process that is expected to be completed soon. Meanwhile you can enjoy the rest of the museum and the activities carried out in it.