The National Museum of Roman Art


in short

The National Museum of Roman Art, came to replace the old Mérida Archaeological Museum, created by Royal Order on March 26, 1838. On 19 September 1986 opened the current headquarters of the Museum by Rafael Moneo Vallés, key exponent of the Romanization of Spain, explained through the pieces recovered from the site Meridan.

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Logo: The National Museum of Roman Art

The National Museum of Roman Art

in detail

The idea of creating a museum dedicated exclusively to art and Roman culture in Merida was successful, as the site Meridan through its monumental ruins and the museum pieces from us about the process of Romanization of Hispania in all its facets. Moreover, the relevance of their collections acquires a dimension that exceeds the local and regional level, and justify your character's National Museum.

No doubt the location of the new museum. Nothing better, according to assessment of its former director, José Álvarez Sáez de Buruaga, which place it next to the theater, amphitheater and home of the amphitheater, which receive large numbers of visitors each year and where the evocation of the Roman world that surrounds us this set is exceptional. Moreover, the excavation necessary before beginning the new construction would provide a significant archaeological context that would be added to the museum.

In 1980 the building project was commissioned the architect Rafael Moneo Vallés, who carried out between 1980 and 1985.
National Museum of Roman Art
Which confers greater interest to the facilities of the National Museum of Roman Art in Merida, is the possibility of becoming the first research center of the Roman world in Spain and a meeting place, communication and cultural diffusion in Extremadura.

Among various interventions promoted by Culture Ministry in recent years concerning museum installations stresses undoubtedly construction National Museum Roman Art Mérida. Willingness creating this museum coinciding with celebration bimillennium city in 1975. Subsequently acquires State acquires front property monumental theater and amphitheater called "Solar Towers" either known for archaeological well situated by proximity to Roman world. This situation prominently allow integrate ruins and museum one privileged set.

Pre programming works was performed excavation solar that put light an suburban "extramuros" city and comprising zones domestic architecture, necropolises a tranche carriageway and another tranche conduction hydraulic "San Lazarus".

In 1979 handles draft Rafael Moneo Vallés who enjoyed an important prestige by works as building Bankinter or municipality and Logroño.

Factors project conditions were conservation in situ archaeological finds, communication museum with enclosure teatro-amphitheater and obviously the project by don José Álvarez Sáenz de Buruaga.

Shortly commencement of works in 1980, problems arose urbanistic were solved favorably by intervention Antonio Vélez Sánchez then alderman responsible urbanism Mérida, and by modifying raised by Moneo northern facade where setback exacted allowed introduce in lucernario providing grazing light funds members aisles.

This artwork is undoubtedly one more traditional Moneo since standpoint figurative. In she formulates an architectural language where poses return to past terms techniques, meanings and contents without forgetting present. The general outline design comprises two bodies edification Separated Roman road and connected by vigorous footbridge flies over archaeological remains. In one buildings sheltering the museum and their warehouses what Moneo memory project calls museo-archive and the other establishes restoration workshops library auditorium and dependencies administrative.

In second body building highlights balanced composition south facade, establishing sole compositional element arc enclosing access Main museum surmounted in by a powerful lintel white marble a niche. La door contains reliefs bronze Francisco López and niche houses a Roman sculpture marble. The remaining building by nature administrative has a scale nearest domestic architecture.
3,00 / 1,50 EUR Free admission: Saturday (16:00 to closing), Sundays. Following days: April 18 (World Heritage Day), May 18 (International Museums Day), October 12 (Spanish bank Holiday), December 6 (Spanish Constitution Day).
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National Museum of Roman Art
C/ José Ramón Mélida, s/n.
06800 Mérida
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Opening Times

10:00 - 14:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:30
Cerrado entre las 2 y las 4 de la tarde, los lunes y los festivos siguientes:
Closed during lunchbbreak from 2 pm to 4 pm, Mondays and following holidays:
01/01, 01/05, 24/12, 25/12, 31/12.

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