Visiting the Museums of the Costa Blanca

Art, archaeology, history, literature - find out how to make the most of museums on the Costa Blanca. Includes information on the MARQ, the MUBAG and the Gravina Museum of Art...

The province of Alicante has a variety of museums covering local history, festivals and culture.

Reduced Entry Tickets

Some museums, including the Dénia Toy Museum and the Gravina Museum of Art, offer free entry to all visitors.
Other museums, such as MARQ, provide discounted entry to children, students, senior citizens and holders of Carnet Jove or Carnet +26 cards.

Museums on the Costa Blanca

Below are details of the main museums on the Costa Blanca.

Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante

The Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante (MARQ) exhibits archaeological artefacts from Prehistory, Iberian culture, Roman culture, the Middle Ages and the Modern Age. Visual, light and sound effects are used to recreate conditions in these historical periods.

Guided tours are available. Visitors may also purchase family tickets, which allow accompanied children under the age of 15 to enter the museum for free. The Friends Card entitles the holder to free entry to the museum for a month, regular updates and discounts on courses organised for the public.

  • MARQ
    : Plaça. Dr. Gómez Ulla, s/n, 03013 Alacant
    General Information Tel: 965 149 000
    Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-19:00 and Sundays and holidays 10:00-14:00 from 1 September to 15 June

The Gravina Museum of Art

Opened in December 2001, the Museo Bellas Artes Gravina displays a collection of Alicante artwork dating from 16th to 20th centuries. Its oldest and most valuable work is a painting of the Crucifixion. Entry to the museum is free. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, musical and cultural events.

    : C/ Gravina 3-15, 03002 Alicante
    Tel: 965 146 780
    Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 (17:00-19:00 May to September) and Sunday 10:00-14:00

Municipal Festival Museum

The Museu Municipal de la Festa is dedicated to the Misteri d'Elx or Elche's mystery play.

  • Museo Municipal de la Festa
    : Carrer Major de la Vila 25, 03202 Elche
    Tel: 965 453 464
    Open: Seasonal opening hours apply. Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-13:30 and 17:00-20:30 and Sunday 10:00-13:00 in summer. Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-13:30 and 16:30-20:00 and Sunday 10:00-13:00 in winter

Dénia Toy Museum

The Museo del Juguete traces the history of toy production in Dénia from 1904 to the 1960s. A collection of metallic and wooden toys are displayed, showing the importance of this industry to the city. Entry to the museum is free.

  • Museo del Juguete (in Spanish)
    : Estación de Valencia, Calderón s/n, 03700 Dénia
    Tel: 966 420 260
    Open: 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-20:00

The San Juan Bonfires Museum

The Museo de Hogueras/Museu de Fogueres is dedicated to the Hogueras de San Juan Fiesta and other Costa Blanca festivals. It displays several ninots indultats (papier mâché figures that have been saved from the fires), photographs and festival costumes. There is also a video room showing highlighted footage of the festival.

  • Museu de Fogueres/Museo de Hogueras (in Spanish)
    : Rambla de Méndez Núñez 29, 03002 Alicante
    Tel: 965 146 828
    Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 in summer (June to September). Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00 in winter (October to May). Only open in the morning on Sundays and holidays