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Celebrate International museum day in Valencia!

If visiting museums is your thing and you’re always looking for the next exhibition or display, then this blog is the one for you.  This weekend is the perfect time to get yourself out there and learn about all the history and culture in Valencia, as you’ll also be celebrating International Museum day.


On May 18th, both Valencia as well as cities across Spain will celebrate this day by opening their facilities to the public for free. Yes, you heard it right. All museums, both national, regional and local will be offering free entry for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Some of the museums in Valencia participating in this special day will also be organizing special activities and open days.


Our blog this week will give you the names of some of the top museums here in Valencia and what they’re about. Make sure to check the official websites or pages of each of these museums incase of any schedule or program changes..


The Silk museum

The Silk Museum is one of the museums that will open its doors for free admission on May 18th, along with other museums in the city. The Silk Museum aims to showcase the history and significance of silk production in Valencia, highlighting its cultural and economic importance. If you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to explore exhibitions, learn about the silk-making process, and delve into the rich heritage associated with this industry. It’s a great chance for locals and tourists alike to immerse themselves in Valencia’s cultural heritage.


Valencia’s rice museum

A unique and fun take on a museum, definitely like no other, the Rice Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history, cultivation, and cultural significance of rice in the region of Valencia. You can explore exhibits detailing the evolution of rice cultivation techniques, the role of rice in local cuisine, and its economic impact on the area. It’s an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about the integral role that rice plays in Valencia’s culture and history.


As this is a passionate topic for all Valencians, it would only be right to grab a bite to eat after this little museum trip. Why not go for a bit of paella afterwards? You’ll really be soaking up all of the culture!


Fine Arts museum

One of the most beautiful and eye catching museums in the whole of the city, Valencia’s fine art museum is one not to be missed (especially if you can get free entry). The Fine Arts Museum is renowned for its extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks, spanning from the medieval period to the present day. It features renowned artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, and Sorolla, among others.


Iglesia de los Santos Juanes (Church of the Saints Johns)

While it’s not a museum, this breathtaking church is often open to visitors during international museum day and as part of the celebration, might offer free admission or special activities on May 18th. This historic church, known for its stunning architecture and rich religious heritage, attracts tourists and locals alike who come to admire its beauty and learn about its history.


Something not to miss when visiting this church is its impressive architectural features. The façade, adorned with intricate stone carvings and sculptures, is a prime example of Valencian Gothic architecture. The interior boasts elaborate altarpieces, decorative frescoes, and beautiful stained glass windows, showcasing the artistic richness of the period.

The Fallero museum

Last but not least is the famous Fallero museum, a space dedicated to showcasing the art and traditions of the annual Fallas festival. As well as being deeply rooted in Valencia’s history and culture, this museum allows visitors and recent residents to soak in all of the important information about this festival, including the history, common traditions and purpose for all of the celebrations.


Inside the museum, you’ll find a collection of fallas sculptures, ninots (smaller figures often depicting satirical or humorous themes), costumes, and other artifacts related to the Fallas festival. All visitors can explore the history of Fallas, learn about the artistry and craftsmanship behind the sculptures, and gain insight into the cultural significance of the festival.


Remember that although the city is celebrating international museum day, the closing time for museums will still be maintained at 7:00pm, except for those with activities scheduled to extend beyond this time.
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