The Archaeological Museum of Cordoba is located in the old Palacio de los Páez de Castillejo, a building built in the sixteenth century, specifically in 1559 by the architect Hernán Ruiz. It is a unique building in which two porticated courtyards stand out and its construction on the ruins of the old Roman Theatre of Cordoba.
It is worth noting the facade of the building, conceived as a kind of Arc de triomphe with iconographic images of the Páez de Castillejo Family. The entire Museum, including the building and exhibition is declared an Artistic Historic Monument in 1962.
The idea of creating the Archaeological Museum of the city was born around the middle of the nineteenth century, when numerous works of the Catholic Church are desensate. The museum’s collection has been changing location on numerous occasions. The collection has shared space at the Hospital de la Caridad with the Museum of Fine Arts. He later moved to the Plaza de San Juan de Letrán and even settled in a house very close to the Mosque.
It was not until 1960 when you reach the current location. It is now considered one of the most complete Archaeological Museums in Spain, among other reasons because it has been rescuing numerous pieces and constantly updating its collections.
The halls of the Archaeological Museum
There are many rooms of the museum, complete with the pieces exhibited in the courtyards and with a visit to the ruins of the ancient Roman Circus of the city.
In this room you can see the different pieces of the Paleolithic up to the Bronze Age. Some of these pieces and remains have been found in the Cave of the Bats of Zueros.
The hall of Protohistory is dedicated to pieces dating back to the 2nd century BC. The vast majority are remains of the different sites of Córdoba and its province. Its main pieces are weapons, sculptures and some types of ceramics.
Rooms dedicated to Roman Culture
Specifically, it is the rooms 3, 4 and 5 of the Museum dedicated to Roman Culture, very present in Cordoba for several centuries. The remains that can be seen in the exhibitions are mosaics, sculptures, tombs, and all kinds of objects that are preserved from this time.
Visigothic Art Room
This is the last of the rooms that are located on the ground floor. They are exhibited in this museum room you can see carved capitals, ceramics, goldsmiths, tombs and other objects dating from this time that have been found in the City.
On the second floor of the museum are the exhibitions of Islamic Art and Culture in Cordoba. Many are remains of Medina Azahara and others are the remains that have been found in the province, such as columns, capitals, statues, metal pieces with carved…
Main works on display
The truth is that this archaeological museum of Cordoba has numerous works of art that help us to understand the different cultures that have passed through the area, but there are some pieces that stand out from the rest.
One of them is the Aphrodite Crochada, which is in good condition. It is a statue that is more than two meters high and is dated between 138 and 192 BC.
Another of the sculptures that attract the most attention is the Iberian Lion of Nueva Cartella. It reproduces the image of a lion made of limestone, measuring more than one meter in length.
Schedules and prices
The hours of visiting the Museum change depending on the time of year.
June 16 to September 15
Tuesday to Sunday (including public holidays): from 10:00 to 17:00h.
September 16 to June 15
Tuesday to Saturday: from 9:00 to 20:00h.
On Sundays and public holidays: from 9:00 to 15:00h.
The price of the ticket is 1.5 euros
Residents of the European Union have free entry
Where the Museum is
The Archaeological Museum is located in Jerónimo Páez 7 Square, very close to the Mosque. The easiest way to get there is by accessing from Rey Heredia Street. You can use the interactive map to get there by clicking on the image.