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Museums in Zaragoza

In Zaragoza there were more than 200 palaces of the16th-century, some have been turned into museums and exhibition halls like the Pablo Gargallo Museum, Real Maestranza de Caballería Palace, Patio de la Infanta

Pablo Gargallo Museum

The delightful Pablo Gargallo Museum exhibits important works by the artist who explored the form of the void in a Renaissance palace.

Zaragoza’s museum devoted to Pablo Gargallo is located in the centre, on charming Plaza de San Felipe. It is one of the loveliest spots in the Aragonese capital. Housed within the late Renaissance palace of the Counts of Argillo (1661), the space offers a delightful journey through some of the most unique sculptures by the Aragonese artist, a pioneer in exploring the relationship between form and space. One of his most famous works, The Prophet, welcomes visitors in the impressive courtyard. This is only the first stop on a tour through 177 works by the sculptor, which include drawings and cartoons, as well as numerous documents. The museum is easily recognizable from the outside, as it is flanked by two monumental equestrian sculptures made for the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona in 1929, known as the Olympic Salute. Visitors should be sure to check the museum calendar, as it offers numerous guided tours throughout the year, including some for children.

Born in Maella in 1933, his best-known works are The Prophet and the athletes for the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic, Barcelona.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 to 14.00 – 17.00 to 21.00.
  • Sunday and Holidays: 10.00 to 14.30. Monday: closed.
  • Closed on Mondays
  • No entry 30 minutes before closing

Zaragoza Museum

This building was originally conceived by Ricardo Magdalena and Julio Bravo as an Arts Pavilion for the Hispanic-French exhibition of 1908. Located in the Plaza de Los Sitios, the museum is divided into two sections: Archaeology, with collections from prehistory up to the Muslim period, and Fine Art, with works from the 12th century up to the present day. A highlight is the exhibition dedicated to the painter Francisco de Goya.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 – 14.00 and 17.00 – 20.00.
  • Sundaya and Holidays 10.00 – 14.00
  • Monday closed

Firefighters Museum (Museo del Fuego y de los Bomberos)

The building that houses the museum is attached to Area 2 Fire Station. Together they comprise a unit that adequately illustrates the reality of the firefighters of yesterday and today. The following equipment can be seen in the magnificent cloister courtyard: fire engines, hand pumps and other interesting items, such as the steam pumper, which was a major advance in its time for putting out fires.

Opening hours

  • From 1 May to 31 October: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 19 pm
  • From 1 November to 30 April: Tuesday to Saturday 10-17 h
  • Sundays and holidays from 10 to 14 h
  • Closed Mondays
  • Closed: January 1 and December 25

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