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National Archaeological MuseumSalamanca - Retiro
The National Archaeological Museum is a public institution. Its mission is to offer the general public an accurate, attractive, interesting and critical interpretation of the objects that belonged to the different cultures which populated the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region, ranging from Antiquity to more recent periods, in the firm belief that a knowledge of this history can shed light on society as we know it today.
The National Archaeological Museum (MAN), which houses one of the world’s most important antique collections, has just reopened after a comprehensive remodelling process that lasted for six years. Comprising implements and works of art from Mediterranean cultures, its exhibits span from prehistory to the 19th century.
Located in the heart of the Salamanca District, it covers a series of chapters in the history of universal art that are not represented in the large museums of the nearby Art Walk, such as Greek ceramics, Visigoth votive crowns and Spanish Islamic ivories. The rich collection of this institution founded in 1867 is now on display thanks to a new museological plan which gives the exhibits as much as artistic value as it does archaeological, and includes informative panels, mockups and replicas that visitors can actually touch.
In the new MAN, the Lady of Elche continues to occupy a privileged spot. When comparing it with other Iberian works, the proportion and balance of the face are surprising, indicating a strong influence of Greek art. Other valuable pieces on display are the Treasure of Guarrazar, an incredible example of Visigoth goldsmithing, the Pot from Zamora, made from ivory, and a collection of Greek vases, considered by specialists to be one of the best in the world.
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