C/ España, 37 – 30510 Yecla (Murcia) Spain
+34 968 79 09 01
Between €1,50 and €2,50
Families, couples, individual/ Tuesday through Sundays, free entry from 10:00 h. to 14:00 h. / guide service for groups (maximum 25 persons per entry) without prior booking/ for organised groups (between 10 and 25 persons per entry): For further information and bookings: Monday through Friday: 9- 13h.
Tuesday through Sundays, free entry from 10:00 h. to 14:00 h.
Tuesday through Sundays, guide service for groups (maximum 25 persons per entry) without prior booking.
From Tuesday through Friday. Entry at 11:00h.
Saturdays and Sundays. Entries at 11:00 h. and 12:30 h.
Tuesday through Sundays, guide service for organised groups (between 10 and 25 persons per entry): For further information and bookings: Monday through Friday: 9- 13h.
The Municipal Archaeological Museum “Cayetano de Mergelina” in Yecla demonstrates through its voluntary workers its social commitment in order to spread and bring culture and historical heritage closer to different audiences.
You can find:
A complex dedicated to the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and to teaching. It is also a specialized documentation centre, with an exhibition designed in an attractive and pedagogical manner.
There is a permanent exhibition divided into four cultural areas: “Monte Arabí (Prehistory), Cerro de los Santos (Protohistory or Pre-Roman times), Los Torrejones (Romanization) and Cerro del Castillo (the castle hill) dating from the Middle Ages (Islamic and Christian periods). You can find all this through its twelve halls.
What’s so special about it?:
The museum takes the visitor on a fascinating tour starting around 150.000 years before Christ (the Middle Palaeolithic) and ending in the Middle Ages, at the end of the 15th century. It offers a magnificent view of the management of the same area through the ages.
The building housing the Municipal Archaeological Museum was originally the old Ortega’s Palace. Built at the end of the 18th century, it preserves almost its entire original structure. In 19th century the building was purchased by the Portillo family. They took up the palace and got its novel part remodelled according to the project by the architect Justo Millán Espinosa (1888). The stained glass windows, where the coat of arms of the family is represented, date from 1909 and are good examples of the ornamental pieces characterizing the taste of the early twentieth centuries. They were made and later bought in “talleres Maumejean”, in San Sebastián. In 1983, the Yecla Town Council purchased the building and restored it as a Municipal House of Culture housing not only the Municipal Archaeological Museum but also the Municipal Library and the Municipal Historical Archive.