Guide to the best museums in Alicante

Alicante is a city in which you will enjoy its turustic offer of ‘sun and beach’ like no other. A fantastic coastline awaits you to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. But the capital of the Costa Blanca is not just that. It also has a rich and varied cultural offer, with which you can get to know the city in a different way. In this guide, we talk about the best museums in Alicante that you can not miss if you visit us. Modern art, archeology and history, festivals, sports … There is a lot of culture in Alicante!


  • Archeological Museum of Alicante (Marq)
Marq is one of the most beloved and well-known museums in Alicante. It collects much of the archaeological heritage of the province, found in the Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Medieval settlements of Alicante. Every year, it hosts international exhibitions that tell us the history of different civilizations. If you visit the capital during these months, you can not miss the Mayan show, which will be all year round in Marq. In 2004, this museum received the Best European Museum award for the use of technology and didactics to show the history in a very special way.
  • Contemporary Art Museum (MACA)
Right in front of the Bed & Breakfast La Milagrosa, head quarters of Be Alicante, you will find one of the most beautiful museums in Alicante: MACA. It is the most important contemporary art museum in the province of Alicante. There are three fixed collections throughout the season, alternating with temporary exhibitions and exhibitions. In its halls you can see the works of artists such as Eusebio Sempere, Juana Francés and many other painters, architects and sculptors of the most avant-garde art. In addition, the building in which the museum is located is the oldest civil construction that is preserved in the city, dating from 1685. A beautiful enclave inside and out.
  • museos de alicante museo bellas artes gravinaBellas Artes Gravina Museum (MUBAG)
If you want to meet the most acclaimed artists from Alicante, your place is the Gravina-MUBAG Fine Arts Museum. It is located in the old Palace of Gravina, building of the XVIII century that belonged to the count of Lumiares. This museum is the seat of the works of art from the period between the Middle Ages and the first decades of the twentieth century. A tour through the history and the most important names of the artist from Alicante.
  • Volvo Ocean Race Museum
If you are a lover of nautical sports and sailing in particular, you can not miss the Volvo Ocean Race Museum, located in the port of the city. Alicante is home to the departure of this regatta, the most important in the world, and therefore hosts a museum where the history of the competition is reviewed. You will get to know the maritime world, the different teams that have gone through the Volvo, the most famous sailors and the most historical moments of the most demanding regatta in the world. All with state-of-the-art technology. One of the most visited museums in Alicante today.
  • Museum of Hogueras
The month of June is very special in the city of Alicante. The capital of the Costa Blanca celebrates the Bonfires of San Juan, a festival in which large stone-carton monuments are burned which are authentic works of art. In the Museum of Hogueras you can see some of the ‘ninots’ – pictures that represent characters of politics or social life, with satire and scathing criticism – that have been saved from burning over the years, for having a Special artistic quality. And you will also have the opportunity to get to know firsthand this celebration that meets every year in the city to almost one million visitors and is known worldwide.
  • Museum of the city of Alicante (MUSA)
Within the imposing Castle of Santa Bárbara, the medieval fortress that crowns the city, is another of the most beautiful museums in Alicante. The Musa is formed by five rooms, and each one of them will tell you an important part of Alicante history. There are fixed and other itinerant exhibitions with which you will know better the fast evolution of the city since its first known settlements, in the Bronze Age. What better place to live the story than inside a medieval castle?
  • Archeological Site of Lucentum
It is not a museum as such, but if you are passionate about history, you can not miss the site of the Tossal de Manises, known as Lucentum. This place is the origin of the city of Alicante, where the Iberian, Roman, Christian and Muslim civilizations settled down through the millennia. On their lands, archeologicals remains have been found dating back to the Bronze Age. The site of Lucentum tells us how the city grew and how its first inhabitants lived.
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