Museo Íbero de Jaén

IBERIAN MUSEUM & MUSEUM OF JAÉN


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The new Jaén Iberian Museum, inaugurated on 11 December 2017 by King Felipe VI and unique in the world in its genre, has been created as a first class museum institution, which will collect the most important material evidence of Iberian culture.  You can now visit the temporary exhibition, “La dama, el príncipe, el héroe y la diosa” (The lady, the prince, the hero and the goddess), in which the public, through these four prototypical Iberian characters, is invited to make a scientific journey through the culture, which was considerably developed in the province of Jaén and lasted for six centuries, between the 4th century BCE up to Roman rule. Furthermore, the exhibition includes a module for raising awareness amongst visitors and tourists against archaeological plundering and the need to respect valuable received heritage, in addition to a space dedicated to students that explains the significance of Iberian art through a didactic approach. The spectacular new exhibition space is currently home to the Iberian monument of the Sanctuary of El Pajarillo, which was located in Huelma and dates from the 4th century BCE, joined by pieces originating from other geographical points in Andalusia. Lastly, two new sculptures have been added to the permanent collection of the Jaén Iberian Museum that come from tombs of the Iberian aristocracy unearthed in the Cerro de los Molinillos settlement (Baena, Córdoba); a lion and a she-wolf sculpted from limestone, of great archaeological value.

The building housing the Museum is a modern, cutting-edge cultural infrastructure built by the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, covering over 11,000 square metres and requiring an investment of more than 25.5 million euros. Located at Paseo de la Estación, nº 41, right in the centre of the provincial capital, the Jaén Iberian Museum aspires to be a world reference of Iberian culture for tourism, culture and science.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Jaén was created in 1914. Alfredo Cazabán Laguna, a key figure in the culture of Jaén during the first third of the 20th century, was appointed as Director. The museum was originally located in the Provincial Council building, which was designed at the end of the 19th century by the architect Jorge Porrúa. However, as this was a shared and restrictive space, the influential Jaén politician José del Prado y Palacio took steps to acquire a 4,200m2 piece of land in Paseo de la Estación for its new site.

The main building has a classical style and a quadrangular floor with towers at each corner. Incorporated into the building are two entrance doors that are symbolic of Renaissance Jaén. One is from the Pósito building, a 16th century work by the architect Francisco del Castillo. The other is from San Miguel church, also dating from the 16th century and attributed to Andrés de Vandelvira.
The Museum also has another two functional buildings. One houses the Temporary Exhibitions Hall and the monographic exhibition of the Iberian Sculptures uncovered from the Cerrillo Blanco site in Porcuna. The other contains offices, a library, restoration workshops and storage facilities.

Visiting Times

Tuesday to saturday: 09:00 to 20:00
Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 15:00
Mondays (not public holidays): closed

Contact

Iberian Museum

953 00 16 92 (general info)
http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/web/museoibero

Museum of Jaén
953 10 13 66
600 14 34 52
http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/web/museodejaen

Location and access:

Íbero: Paseo de la Estación, 41. 23007 Jaén

Provincial: Paseo de la Estación, 29. 23008 Jaén

 

Other services

ARAB BATHS CULTURAL CENTRE

The Arab Baths of Jaén were constructed in the 11th century. They are situated in the basements of the Palacio de Villardompardo, in the heart of the city’s old quarter. They are the largest and best preserved in Al-Andalus.

Plaza Santa Luisa
Jaén / 23004
Telf: 953 24 80 68


THE CASTLE OF SANTA CATALINA

The Castle of Santa Catalina overlooks the city of Jaén, perched aloft the summit of the hill from which it takes its name. It exercises a symbolic dominion over the landscape, welcoming you to Jaén. Clearly visible from all approaches to the city, this castle symbolises the wealth of history to be found here.

Carretera del Castillo, s/n
Jaén / 23004
Telf: 953 12 07 33 / 953 19 04 55
Email: oficinaturismo@aytojaen.es


CATHEDRAL OF JAÉN

The Cathedral of Jaén, a masterpiece of Andrés de Vandelvira, is ranked amongst the most notable Renaissance works in Andalusia. It served as the inspiration for many great cathedrals built in Latin America. The process has recently begun for it to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Plaza Santa María, s/n
Jaén / 23002
Telf: 953 23 42 33 / 953 24 14 48
Email: correo@catedraldejaen.es