Museu d'Història de Manacor
Carretera Cales de Mallorca km 1,5. 07500 Manacor
971 84 30 65
Winter: (16 September-14 June)
Monday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-19:30
Summer: (15 June-15 September)
Monday to Saturday: 09:30-14:00 and 18:00-20:30
Tuesdays and Sundays: closed
The Manacor History Museum is located in a Gothic building, the Torre dels Enagistes, belonging to the municipality, on the MA-4015 road in the outskirts of the town, heading towards Calas de Mallorca.
This magnificent space was refurbished and adapted to house the museum collection in 1985. This Mallorcan museum is not one that focuses on a single subject, but instead is a space that explains the history of Manacor and the east of Mallorca through the different archaeological sites excavated in the area. It comprises two distinct spaces:
The first of these spaces features a collection of miniature buildings, including various replicas of Mallorca’s traditional trades and types of infrastructure, such as windmills. There are also various examples of the island’s iconography and small boats. All of these miniatures were made by the collector Antoni Sancho Comas.
History rooms: in these rooms you can travel through the prehistory of the east of Mallorca up to the Islamic period.
In the first room you can enjoy some of the most typical pieces from the period of the navetas, such as the famous carinated bowls, of the Talayotic and Balearic cultures, with a wide range of pottery for serving and drinking the wine that was starting to reach the island with the slingers. These mercenary warriors offered their services to the armies of Carthage in exchange for wine and women. A glass-paste bead string from the Balearic period in a magnificent state of conservation is especially noteworthy. These pieces come from the neighbouring Ibiza.
This journey through time continues in the second room of this Mallorcan museum, with the Roman world room. The panels provide information about this period and you can view some of the typical pieces from the Roman era, such as the “terra sigillata” that was so common on the finest tables of the Imperial period, or a magnificent terracotta head of the god Bacchus.
On entering the Late Antiquity room you move into the 6th century and can enjoy the magnificent mosaics from the basilica of son Peretó, dated to between the 6th and 8th centuries and declared an Item of Cultural Interest in 2005. In here you can also discover what the earliest Christian communities in the Balearics were like, in particular, the community from Manacor that inhabited the son Peretó archaeological site. Excavations started on this archaeological space in 1912 and new sectors are still being discovered, both inside the church and in the surrounding area.
The Muslim period has a special place in the museum. In this final room you can see what the Muslim occupation was like in the Manacor area, the largest Muslim district in the island, covering the municipalities of modern-day Manacor and Sant Llorenç des Cardassar. Over a hundred locations with Islamic remains have been found in this area; these include living spaces, irrigation structures, transportation networks and two mosques.
The different vessels used for cooking and serving food that are most characteristic of the period are on display in this room.
A visit to the Manacor History Museum can be combined with a visit to the Molí d’en Fraret that houses the ethnographic section of the museum. This 18th-century windmill provides an overview of the work and tools of the rural world, following the seasons of the year and the cycle of life.