The Museu de Mallorca exhibits works of the fine and decorative arts, that cover the period from the conquest of Mallorca, in the 13th century, until the first decades of the 20th century.
“It is housed in a beautiful building in Palma’s Old Town, just behind Parc de la Mar“
It was built by order of Miquel Lluis Ballester de Togores in 1635, when he was named Count of Aiamans. Built on two great gothic structures, some of the elements from these are still preserved, it showcases the island’s surprisingly elegant baroque style.
The permanent exhibition occupies the building’s first and third stories and is organized following the styles that marked the history of occidental art, showing its development in Mallorca. Hence, we can enjoy from beautiful painted panels dating back to 1300, that used to sit in the Palacio de la Almudaina, to a gallery of modernist portraits, not forgetting the gothic altarpieces and 18th century sculptures and ceramics.
The works come from collections from previous museums, national archeological digs, as well as donations and loans made by private collectors.
The Retablo de San Bernardo stands out, with its linear Gothic style. It is the oldest preserved Majorcan medieval painting, by the hand of the Master of the Mallorca Conquest, dating back to somewhere between 1285 and 1290.
Photos: Museu de Mallorca. Palma.
Carrer de la Portella, 5
Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00; closed Mondays and holidays.
Admission: € 2.4; reduced € 1.2 (students and Carnet Jove); free for minors under 18, over 65, unemployed workers, teachers, tour guides and members of various cultural associations.