The Museum welcomes visitors with a spectacular aerial sculpture in its entrance hall entitled Siret's Cloud. It is composed of illustrations taken directly from the Belgian archaeologist Louis Siret, considered to be the Museum's father. Presented as a sculpture, the series of pictures entices visitors to tour the Museum.
The tour begins on the ground floor which has one of the Museum's most interesting museographical resources due to its enormous educational value: an actual-sized model reproduction of a stratigraphical section. The Stratigraphical Column is 13 metres high. In it can be seen 16 layers of strata starting from the bedrock up to the modern day. The column displays the complete historical sequence of the archaeological sites in Almería. Prominently positioned on its two narrowest sides are two information displays. The first is a series of plasma screens with looped projections of different sequences on the concept of Time. Meanwhile the second side of the section shows a chronological band with the archaeological interpretation.
The display area dedicated toArchaeological Research is a themed tour rising over different levels and occupies the same space on the ground and first and second floors. This area illustrates different methods and branches of science that support a historian's work. On the ground floor is a reconstruction of an archaeological section during the excavation process.
We begin the tour with the first hall of the Museum. An audiovisual feature shows the life-style of the first agricultural and livestock farmers during the Neolithic age in Almeria province.
The tour continues to the space dedicated to the Millares culture. This space is organised into three areas: The Millares Model, the Circle of Life, the hall of the Symbolic and Funerary World.
The Millares Model shows what the land of the Millares would have been like in the 3rd millennium BCE. The model is innovative in that it is the first time that an archaeological museum attempts to make a historical interpretation of a territory based on contemporary artistic language.
The Circle of Life presents pieces, educational illustrations and a set of sculptures, together with a well-designed scientific and historical audiovisual display.
The hall dedicated to The Symbolic and Funerary World, displays sets of grave goods and symbolic items, in addition to a recreation of a funerary monument from the Millares necropolis. An audiovisual display in the hall shows a burial ritual, serving as an additional instructional method.
Visitors can take a complete tour of the Argaric Society (2nd Millennium BCE) on the second floor. The tour through this section is planned around ramps and zigzags, an allusion to the strong social class structure of the Argar and the access routes to one of the province's most emblematic locations, Fuente Álamo. One of the cabinets displays the typology of Argaric ceramics, the result of Louis Siret's research and whose classification is still valid today. Outstanding exhibits are the funerary objects from tombs 75 (gold bracelet) and 111 at Fuente Álamo (a girl with high social position from the time of her birth as testified to by the concept "inheritance").
On the second floor, visitors can pause at an information area, Cultural Inheritance of Almería, which is also a rest area. In a menu classified by subject area, this area provides information on the province's other museums, monuments and fiestas, with details of location, telephone numbers, chronology, details of how to get there and the dates of the fiestas.
The tour ends on the last floor which has two halls. The first, Roman Society and Commerce in the South-East of Spain 206 BC-409 features the "The Bacchus of Chirivel" sculpture. A mosaic from the same location is displayed next it: The Villar of Chirivel. Both were documented following emergency archaeological excavations. Visitors will observe how the mosaic has a mark left by the digger which uncovered the object. The hall also shows a variety of remains of the Roman presence in the province, ranging from slaves' funerary stones to coins, fishing hooks, amphora for salting, wine and oil, glass ointment containers and items produced from terra sigillata, a clay decorating medium, plus a decorative stucco with a Bacchanalian theme.
The exhibition focusing on Islamic Almería completes the tour and is organised in two areas. The first contains a large panel where the Alcazaba's silhouette can be made out above the bay. Below it various funerary remains are displayed. Next to this is a second area, called the Cube of Islam, which shows archaeological items from the early maritime republic of Pechina and the later Madinat Al-Mariyya from which many important remains are still preserved beneath the modern city. An outstanding piece found in excavations required because of the city's urban growth is the engraving of a boat, uncovered in a Muslim house on Arco Street.
To download the museum brochure, please click here(pdf new window 1.407 KB)