The museum proposes various tours through the different sections in which the collection is organised: Archaeology, Fine Arts and Ethnography.
It has a total of eight halls, which allow the visitor to take a tour through prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages of what is currently the province of Cádiz. You can take a purely chronological visit, but it is also possible to visit the various collections which are of great significance to the Museum of Cádiz due to their special nature, such as those from the Phoenician or Roman period. Finally, with respect to thematic visits, there are many proposed routes, given the richness of the museum collections; some of which are of particular interest.
Archaeology and the sea. From the reproduction of the Laja Alta paintings, illustrating the arrival of a Phoenician fleet, the links between Gadir and Sardinia, shipping in the bay of Cádiz and Lago Ligustino, to maritime trade, through the amphorae and loads of Roman ships, a sample of the wealth of Gades.
Death through archaeology. A tour from prehistory, with the first Neolithic burials, followed by the Phoenician, Roman and Paleochristian rituals.
Personal adornments. From the prehistoric objects discovered to the collection of Phoenician jewellery from the necropolis of Cádiz or material for personal care from the Roman period.
The Roman emperors. Route through the history of Rome through pictures, coins and imperial inscriptions, from Julius Caesar to the decline of the Roman empire.
The Gods and the heroes. A beautiful route from the East to the West, passing through Cyprus, the Greek islands and Sicily, to the mythical Gadir/Gades, together with the legends of Geryon, Melqart, Hercules.
Fine Arts Section
The chronological tour through this section of the museum passes through eight exhibition halls which take in the paintings of the 16th to 20th century. It is structured according to the chronology of periods and centuries, and the quantity and quality of the works which make up the collections. There is one hall for works from the 16th century; three, for the Baroque period, with works by Zurbarán, Murillo Alonso Cano and other Spanish schools; one hall with works from the European Baroque period; two for the 19th century and two for the 20th century.
The halls from the 19th century are dedicated to history painting and costumbrista painting, represented by Andalusian painters such as García Ramos, Gonzalo Bilbao, Francisco Godoy, Rodríguez Barcaza and Salvador Viniegra.
In light of the diversity of trends and styles in the 20th century, the collection has been divided into two chronological periods, the first and second half of the century. The first half is represented by Spanish artists such as Beruete, Sorolla, Abarzuza or Zuloaga. In Hall VIII, opened by the Head of the Department of Culture in January 1998, and designated Contemporary Art, works from the last fifty years are exhibited, among which you can find the latest acquisitions by the Department of Culture, such as works by Rafael Alberti, Guillermo Pérez Villalta and Chema Cobo, in addition to a Miró, contributed by Ms. Carmen Romero and three works by Costus, contributed by the artists' families or by the artists themselves. This hall, located on the second floor of the building, offers a bird's eye view of the temporary exhibitions which are in the central patio, and visually integrates the halls of the other floors and the hall dedicated to Zurbarán's work, and thus allows the visitor to carry out a virtual and diachronic tour throughout time.
The monographic visit of this section is centred on the Tía Norica puppet collection, offering the possibility of recreating this traditional street spectacle of Cádiz. Both the plot and characters repeat a series of classical prototypes: the old grump, the smart nephew, the unintelligible doctor. This gives life to some puppets which are seen less and less frequently in the world as it is today, where the entertainment of the younger ones is completely influenced by technology and special effects.