The Archeological museum of Alcalà de Henares!

I like to stay in Alcalà de Henares a bit more and to show you another gem of this very unique town and loaded with history, architecture and arts. The town is in the Comunidad de Madrid region of the kingdom of Spain.

I like to tell you a bit more on the Museo Archeologico Regional or  Regional Archaeological Museum …a joint venture between the Comunidad of Madrid and the city of Alcalà de Henares showcasing the best archeological finds from the area covering a large period. Its a must to see in town.

The Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid (M.A.R.) was created on November 27, 1997; It is based in Alcalá de Henares, occupying the building of the old school of the Dominican Convent of the Mother of God, in the Plaza de Bernardas, which also give to the archiepiscopal Palace and the convent of San Bernardo. Its inauguration took place on May 25th, 1999. (see previous post on this historical religiuous buildings of Alcalà de Henares).

Alcala de Henares

The Convent School of the Mother of God was founded by Maria de Mendoza, daughter of the Counts of Mélito, in 1565, as part of the university City of Alcalá, although the current construction dates from the 17-18C, since the original building was small and also structurally deficient , although it is probable that the entrance of the Convent , which currently accesses the museum, is reused from the previous.

In 1985, the year in which the State competences in the field of archaeology were passed on to the Autonomous Communities, the Government of the community of Madrid and the city of Alcalá agreed that the building would become the headquarters of the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid. At present the work is being carried out to expand its surface and in January 2018 the works were finally started, whose culmination is expected by the end of 2019.

In addition to its role of research and conservation of the archaeological heritage, it exhibits a permanent collection with a chronological and didactic itinerary: paleontological fossils, Paleolithic, Neolithic, vestiges of the Bronze Age and Iron Age, an important collection of Roman objects ,highlighting the mosaics, and elements of material culture from the old, middle and modern ages, reaching the archaeology of the industrial era. The museum carries out temporary exhibitions of archaeological, paleontological and historical themes. Among its dependencies is the library Emeterio Cuadrado, of restricted use, specializing in archaeology, cartography of the community of Madrid, museology and restoration.

 Alcala de Henares

 Alcala de Henares

Alcala de Henares

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to this unique museum are

Tourist office of Alcala de Henares on the Museum

Tourist office of Madrid on the Museum

Official site of the Regional Arqueological Museum

There you go, a nice place to see in the middle of all the beautiful architecture,historical and religious of nice Alcalà de Henares.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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