Icono Museos 45 Museu Regional d'Artà

Services:

Guided tours

Ownership:

Trust and Artà council

Town:

Artà

Address:

C/ Estel nº. 4

Phone:

971 82 97 78

E-mail:

email

Price:

€2.00

Timetable:

Summer:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 14:00

Winter:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 14:00

Mondays closed

Description:

Artà Regional Museum is located in the Plaça del Ajuntament. The museum was founded around the collections of the late naturalist Llorenç Garcies i Font.

This is a small Mallorcan museum with two very different spaces. One is dedicated to nature, and reflects a concept of curation based on a late‑19th and mid‑20th century framework of naturalism and collecting, while a second section focuses on archaeology.

A visit to the archaeology section of Artà Regional Museum is to experience somewhere that is in transition between the old and new styles of museum. Its objective is to explain what the last settlements of the islands’ prehistoric period were like in an educational and explanatory way, in particular those in the East of the island. Its attention focuses on the Balearic period that lasted from 500 to 123 Before the Common Era, the year to which the Roman conquest of the islands, led by the consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus is officially dated.

The different displays make it possible to see what this post‑Talayotic period was like, and what relationships were established, not only with the rest of Mallorca and the other islands in the archipelago, but also with the rest of the western Mediterranean.

The presence of agriculture is very well documented with a collection of different stone items, such as the mortars for processing vegetables and the stone grinders that are on display. These were used to grind cereals and acorns from which flour was made, something that was very necessary in the day to day life of these peoples.

Another important aspect of this Mallorcan Museum is religion, represented by different warriors like those found at the son Favar and son Amer shrines that have now vanished, but that would have been of the greatest importance in those times. Different religious rites were held in these spaces. Libations were a central element, as shown by the different pottery pieces found: crested cups and jugs, and crockery associated with amphorae that transported wine from different regions, but in particular from Ibiza.

It was also from that island that necklaces made of glass paste came, that along with the different bronze bracelets were the most distinctive parts of the belongings of the ruling classes of the different communities.

Visit the Artà Regional Museum and enjoy a journey through the last moments of prehistory in the east of Mallorca.