Museu de Sóller
Carrer de la Mar, 11-13, Sóller
971 63 46 63 / 971 63 14 65
Tuesday to Friday:
Mornings: 11:00 to 13:00
Winter: 16:00 to 19:00
Summer: 17:00 to 20:00
Saturdays: 11:00 to 13:00
The Museum of Sóller, also known as the Cultural Centre, is located in the centre of the town. This town stands out for the imposing buildings that are conserved in its historic centre.
The easiest way to reach this Mallorcan museum is to go to Sóller’s main square and follow the signs from there. The museum is located in an old 18th century house that is also home to the Association for Promoting Women’s Culture, a pioneering body that was founded in 1926 and that has a valuable library.
The Museum of Sóller aims to reproduce what a home in the town was like, in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The old kitchen, the dining room, the bedroom and the chapel are especially interesting. On the top floor there is a large collection of clothing from the era as well as objects relating to the emigrants from Sóller who lived in France and Cuba. Other interesting collections include old cameras, tools for working in the fields, a herbarium and paintings by several artists, amongst whom Santiago Rusiñol is the best known.
The museum’s collection of archaeology is also of interest, and was expanded in 2013. This space is dedicated to the local archaeologist Bartomeu Enseñat, who was Commissioner for Archaeological Excavations in the Balearics in the 1950s, and it houses his large collection, as well as other donations.
The archaeological material on display ranges from the second millennium before our era up to the Medieval era. Most of the archaeological sites that form part of the exhibition are found in the area of the valley of Sóller, but there are also some in other locations on the island. Amongst them you will find emblematic locations from the island’s prehistory, such as the cave of son Torrella that takes the collection into the Copper Age. There are also the caves of s’Alova and La Chicharra, the cave of ses Copis, son Ribot and the Cova d’en Pep Rave, that make it possible to experience the funerary world of the Talayotic era. Finally, it is important to note the archaeological site of Puig d’en Canals that was the most important prehistoric settlement of the valley of Sóller and from where a large amount of archaeological material has been recovered from the mid-1950s. From here a Tanagra figurine of Greek origin and a silver bowl that were found within a structure attributed to an Iron Age shrine stand out. The most important object without doubt, owing to its academic significance, is a mould for casting lead ingots. Although it was found in the settlement, the ingots made in it have been found at the burial sites of Ses Copis and s’Alova. The importance of the finding lies in the fact that it made possible a clear and direct link between these two archaeological sites and a settlement.
Visitors to this Mallorcan museum can also see materials from later eras that were recovered from shipwrecks off the coast of the Sóller area, including amphorae, a Roman anchor and a significant collection of pottery from Paterna, amongst other items.