The island of Ibiza has a rich archaeological, historical, artistic and ethnological heritage, stretching back from prehistoric times to the Punic world, continuing through to the Islamic medieval age and the traditional rural world. Contemporary and religious art can be enjoyed in any of the island’s museums.
Es Amunts is an interpretation centre in the north of Ibiza (Eivissa) occupying an area of barely 150 square metres and describing the environmental, geographical and cultural value of the 15,000 hectares that comprise the island’s mountainous “Tramuntana” region, including seascapes, cliffs, forests and traditional architecture. The centre’s main purpose is to awaken people’s curiosity and admiration for this part of the island, so they understand its value and contribute to its conservation. The design of the interpretation centre uses stone and glass with large windows to let in natural light, giving visitors the sense of being immersed in their surroundings. The centre has an exhibitions room, an audio-visual projection room and a botanical garden with native plant species, mirroring the landscape of Es Amunts.
In Can Planetes, visitors can see some of the rooms in a traditional Ibiza dwelling, such as the kitchen, currently housing the Centre reception area, and “dalt sa ximenea” (literally, over the fireplace), the driest part of the house where milled flour was stored. Other rooms in the house are available for use as classrooms for courses and meetings; they also contain information panels on places of historical interest in the countryside around the river and on various kinds of irrigation systems. A scale model of the municipality is also on display. The classrooms at Can Planetes also contain screens showing educational videos, including two short documentaries about the history of Santa Eulària river and the vegetable plots that grew along the river banks over centuries.
In the 16th century, Madina Yabisa, based in the “La Casa de la Curia” building on the Dalt Vila acropolis, was the seat of justice and one of the power centres of Ibiza. It was built using the structure of the old Andalusian defensive wall. Today, these spaces recover the memory of what was once a major Islamic city in the Middle Ages. The Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre uses mainly audio-visual technology to give an account of the history of the city, focusing especially on the Islamic era and the Arab fortifications. This is a modern space that draws visitors into well-lit areas with a series of images leading towards the final exhibit, a large-scale audio-visual model showing the island’s historic development with great accuracy and spectacular effects. Madina Yabisa can be found just in front of Ibiza cathedral and also has a tourist information office.
The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza has two centres, one in Dalt Vila and another at Puig des Molins necropolis, both of which are offering all visitors an invitation to take a “journey into death in ancient Ibiza”. Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera (Dalt Vila centre) The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza has two centres, one in Dalt Vila and another at Puig des Molins. The Archaeological Museum preserves, researches and displays historic artefacts and remains found on Ibiza and Formentera, referred to as the “Pityusic Islands” by authors in antiquity, distinguishing them from the other Balearic islands of Mallorca and Menorca. The Museum is based at the top of the old part of the city, Dalt Vila, in Plaça de la Catedral, in the same square as the castle, the Bishop’s house, Casa de la Curia, the “mirador” (viewpoint) overlooking the lower part of the city (the yachting marina and the port) and the church of Santa María, consecrated as a cathedral in 1785. The Museum was set up in 1907 with a collection donated to the State by the Sociedad Arqueológica Ebusitana, an archaeologcial society that had been excavating various sites on Ibiza and Formentera since its foundation in 1903. Most of the finds were from the necropolis sites of Puig des Molins, Sa Barda and Ses Torres, and from the Sanctuaries of S’Illa Plana and Es Cuieram.
The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza has two centres, one in Dalt Vila and another at Puig des Molins necropolis, both of which are offering all visitors an invitation to take a “journey into death in ancient Ibiza”. This metaphorical pathway leads them to meet Ibiza inhabitants who died many centuries ago. The experience immerses visitors in the minds of the communities who lived on the island of Ibiza long ago, giving them an insight into the way people understood death, as well as their beliefs, fears and hopes for the afterlife and the funeral rites that arose from these practices. In fact, this journey not only provides knowledge about the past, it can also lead to self-reflection and a better understanding of the present.
For many years, Eivissa has been a refuge for international artists. Many of their works are owned by Eivissa Contemporary Art Museum (MACE), which exhibits these magnificent works but at the same time opts for innovation promoting the young artists of the island. To this end the museum organises, since 1964, the Eivissa International Biennial Festival, now called Ibigrafic. The museum is housed in one of the most emblematic large, rambling houses inside the renaissance city walls: the Weapons Room and the military storerooms. In 2007, the Museum will undergo improvements and extension work.
- Museo Diocesano
- Museo Etnográfico de Ibiza
- Museo Etnográfico Ses Païsses De Cala D´Hort
- Museo Puget
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