Muncipal Museums » Archaeological Museum
The Museum of Villajoyosa was established in 1975 by a group of local enthusiasts led by José Payà Nicolau and since then numerous archaeological artefacts and objects of local ethnographic value have been collected.
In 1995 the museum was recognised as a "Permanent Museum Collection" and on the 6th September 1996 as a "Museum" by the Regional Council of Culture, Education and Science.
The archaeological section of the museum has been considerably enriched as a result of the excavations which have been carried out in the municipal area, especially the Iberian and Roman collections (the cemeteries of Poble Nou and Casetes, the Plans Roman villa, etc…) as well as the Islamic collection (farmsteads, mosque and cemetery of l'Almiserà).
The museum of Villajoyosa houses one of the most outstanding archaeological collections in the Valencian region and is a dynamic institution which has developed a wide range of conservation, investigation and dissemination projects, with a special emphasis on educational activities and accessibility to heritage.
The Permanent Exhibition
Pieces of Last Seasons
Antonio Espinosa Ruiz: Director, PhD in Arts (Prehistory and Archaeology).
Mª Jesús Marí Molina: Specialist in Ethnography, Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Mª José Velázquez Pascual: Restorer, Bachelor in Fine Arts (Specialising in restoration)
Malena Lloret Sebastià: Cultural Tours, Diploma in Tourism
Title: Photo of the Conservation Laboratory. The museum has a fully equipped conservation laboratory which has been in use since 1996. In collaboration with other laboratories and institutions artefacts are analysed to assess them for further treatment. The laboratory specialises, above all, in the restoration of archaeological metal and ceramic artefacts and it has all the necessary facilities to guarantee the conservation of the museum's collection
THE RESTORATION OF THE MUNICIPAL'S MONUMENTS
Title: "La Creueta" Cross. In 2004 the cross, known as the "Creueta", after restoration in the Municipal Museum was repositioned a few metres from its original site. This restoration recovered its original stone base which had been covered up for a long time by a bench added in the 20th century
In 2005 another cross, the "Creu de Pedra", located near to the small hamlet of "La Ermita", will be restored in the museum’s laboratory due to its relocation caused by the building of a new bypass.
Other examples, such as the panels of tiles of the old municipal market have also been deposited in the museum for their restoration and relocation.
RELOCATION & ERECTION OF TWO IBERIAN FUNERARY TOMBS FROM THE CEMETERY OF CASETES (SECTOR CREUETA) IN THE GARDENS OF LA BARBERA
Title: Tombs from Creueta. In November 2004 two 1st century B.C. Iberian funerary monuments, from the excavation of the plaza Juan Carlos I (popularly known as "Creueta"), were reconstructed using the original stones and re-erected in the archaeological area of the recently opened park.
All the year
.Tuesday to Friday 10 - 13 and 17 – 20
.Saturday 10 - 13
The museum is closed
Every Monday and 25th December, 1st January and 29th July
Admission is free to the Museum