It’s worth making time to visit one of Mallorca’s interesting museums. Here’s our pick of those that shouldn’t be missed – but bear in mind that most are closed on Mondays.
Es Baluard Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo
The striking ten-year-old Es Baluard in Palma de Mallorca has over 500 works of modern and contemporary art – by local and international artists with links to the island. With a number of display spaces, there are both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Artists whose work can be seen here include Miquel Barceló, Santiago Calatrava, Rebecca Horn, Francesca Martí and Picasso. Entrance is 6 euros, but arrive by bike and you pay only 2 euros. Visit on a Friday and you decide what to pay (minimum of 10 cents).
Museo del Palacio Real de la Almudaina
Parts of the royal palace are open to the public, enabling you to follow in the footsteps of the Spanish royal family. When on Mallorca, the King and other members of his family use the palace as a meeting place for formal and ceremonial events. The palace is located next to the Cathedral and is home to rich tapestries, impressive paintings and Gothic and Islamic architectural features. Be sure to visit the royal chapel of Santa Ana. An entry fee is payable but island residents enter free on a Wednesday.
Fundación Juan March, Palma
The Juan March foundation was set up in a private mansion in Palma, offering regularly changing exhibitions by international artists and artistic movements. You can also find a permanent collection of Spain’s most important contemporary artists. Among these are Miró, Gris, Dalí and many more. They can be seen from Monday-Friday between 10 and 18.30. Saturdays from 10.30 till 14.00 hrs.
Sculpture Park, Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation
A relatively new addition to the Foundation is the Sculpture Park, which delights adults and children alike. The impressive estate’s parkland is home to the artists’ monumental granite sculptures of animals from Antiquity, including a dog, cat, rams, bull, horse, hippo and elephant. They certainly make a striking sight in the Mallorcan countryside! It’s also worth seeing the beautiful rose garden, at its prime in May and June. On Tuesdays, you can visit the Sculpture Park free of charge between 09:30 and 12:30h and from 14:30 to 17:30h.
The contemporary arts centre in Andratx is dedicated to the exhibition and creation of modern art and is one of the largest of its kind on the island. As well as viewing photographs, installations, sculptures and paintings by local and international artists, you’ll also find works for sale. The centre also offers a unique artist-in-residence programme, making studios available for artists. These can also be visited during the guided tours in English, Spanish, German or Danish. The Gallery is closed on Mondays but on all other days the entrance is 8 euros.
Museo de Robert Graves en Deià
The renowned English poet and writer came to live in the mountain village of Deià in 1929. After leaving for a while during the Spanish Civil War, he returned and lived here until he died in 1985 – writing ‘I,Claudius’ to pay off his mortgage! Today, his home Ca n’Alluny (meaning ‘the far house’) is a fascinating museum and home of the Robert Graves Foundation. Visit the auditorium, house and his garden. The museum is five minutes’ walk from the village centre, in the Sóller direction. Closed Sundays. Entrance 7 euros.
Museo del Juguete Ca’n Planes en Sa Pobla
Gain an insight into the correlation between humans and playing, culture and art. The museum was created from the collection of Ton Boig Clar and contains toys from flea markets, private households and antique dealers. The Toy Museum invites you to come and play Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.00-14.00 and from 16.00-20.00. On Sundays from 10.00-14.00.
Fundación Pilar y Joan Miró
Joan Miró, like many other artists, cherished the light on the island. His close ties to Mallorca can be seen in the collection of more than 100 paintings, sculptures and studio pieces that are displayed at the fascinating Miró gallery. You can also imagine how the artist worked in his studio as the workspace has been untouched since the artist’s death. This gallery is closed on Mondays.
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Museo Ca’n Prunera en Sóller
This museum is located in the orange valley town of Sóller and is dedicated to contemporary modernism. Works from Toulouse-Lautrec, Klee and Léger, and many more, can be found here. The museum is located in an architectural wonder from the modernist times of Spain and is open every day (except Mondays) from 10.30 until 18.30 hrs.