The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Seville has 5,496 m² dedicated to permanent exhibitions and public services. A typical visit begins on the first floor which is temporarily closed for refurbishment. The new design is due to the natural aging of the 1972 facility and also because the museum design has become outdated over the years. Today new facilities are required to provide more comfort for people and greater security for the pieces, but especially because the existing exhibition catered more to the subject of decorative and luxury arts rather than the ethnological. Renovation is therefore a first step in the overall redesign of the whole museum's exhibition narrative.
The main floor of the museum extends over almost 2,000 m². The central room is reserved for temporary exhibitions, while the permanent exhibition area is fully given over to the Díaz Velázquez Collection, which is organised in four rooms (I, II, IV and VII) spread over 660 m². In 1991 the museum space on this floor was completely remodelled by the Regional Ministry of Culture of Andalusia which installed modern climate control, security and lighting systems were installed.
Rooms I and II feature a selection representing some 10% of the most representative pieces of the Díaz Velázquez Embroidery and Lace Collection, one of the most complete of its kind in Europe. The rooms provide an extensive overview of the different techniques and functions of white embroidery ranging from bed clothes and table linen to women's lingerie as well as children's clothing and liturgical clothes.
Rooms VI and VII are reconstructions of the home of the family that donated this collection. The inside of the house tends to give a relatively good idea of the social status of the people who live there and their aesthetic tastes, their ideas about space and its organisation, their activities, habits and way of life in general. The conception of the house and its furnishings matches the stereotypes for the upper middle classes of Andalusia in the late 19th century. The furniture style reveals a certain preference for English designs, but the Spanish Renaissance and the French empire influence on Spanish furniture are also represented.
A tour of the basement level provides visitors with three major subject areas. The first, featured in Rooms I to III, is an examination of the functions and nature of furniture and household utensils. The second, dedicated to crafts and the processing of raw materials, is in Room IV, X, XI and XII while the third documents pottery production: glazed tiles, historical pottery, modern traditional pottery and industrial china from Room V to VII. Room VIII develops the specialised theme of weapons for personal defence. Room IX shows the techniques involved in metalworking. The last room on the tour of this floor documents traditional dry and liquid measurement systems of weight and volume.
The facilities that are open to the public include the permanent and temporary exhibition rooms; the audiovisual projection room in the semi-basement where visitors can view documentaries on traditional life in Andalusia; a multi-use room mostly related to learning activities; and the specialised Anthropology and Museum Sciences library on the second floor, Along the tour information points also provide programmes where the Loty photograph collection and the Soria oriental china collection can be consulted.