This blog post was originally posted on June 14th, 2015 and was updated on August 3rd, 2017.
While Madrid and Barcelona certainly take the fame when it comes to art galleries, Seville is certainly worthy of a mention too.
Without an iconic, world renowned museum like El Prado in Madrid, Seville’s art scene is full of hidden gems to enjoy. The question is, which art galleries in Seville are worth the visit? Whether you’re an art connoisseur or just simply curious, here are four art galleries in Seville you really can’t miss.
Photo Credit: Luis Eduardo P Tavares
Museo de Bellas Artes
The Museo de Bellas Artes is one of Seville’s hidden gems and one of many influential museums in Seville. The importance of the works you see in this museum makes it (unofficially) the second most important art museum in Spain, after Madrid’s Prado Museum.
The galleries around the edge of the central patio feature work by some of Seville’s most renowned artists, including Velázquez, Zurbarán, and Murillo. Also, the building itself is equally as impressive, as it is originally an early 17th Century convent. Make sure to look up and take in its incredible ceiling. What’s more, if you happen to visit on a Sunday, an art market takes place in the square outside the museum. The overall experience of the Fine Arts Museum makes it easily one of our favorite art galleries in Seville.
Address: Plaza del Museo, 9
Hours: 9:00 – 19:30, Tuesday to Saturday; 9:00 – 15:00, Sunday (16 Sept – 15 June) 9:00 – 15:00, Tuesday to Sunday (16 June – 15 Sept)
Cost: 1.50 euros
Museo de Arte Andaluz Contemporaneo
This building has a historical relationship with the arts – the 15th-century monastery was turned into a ceramics factory in the 19th century. Now, it is home to the Museo de Arte Andaluz Contemporeano. This museum is not just the home of contemporary art in Seville, but the home of contemporary art in Andalusia. What’s more, it even contains some of the most beautiful gardens in the city.
This gallery, one of our favorite art galleries in Seville, shows artistic trends from the mid 20th century onward. In addition to the permanent collection, which features the history of contemporary Andalusian art, there is an ever-changing selection of temporary exhibitions. It’s a short bus ride from the city center, but definitely worth the journey for any art lover!
Address: Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa María de Las Cuevas, Avda. Américo Vespucio, 2
Hours: 11:00 – 21:00, Monday to Saturday; 11:00 – 15:00, Sunday.
Cost: 3 euros
Centro Cerámica Triana
We love museums that really try to tell a story, and the Centro Ceramica in Triana starts the visit with an audio-visual presentation to set the scene. This isn’t any ordinary museum, nor is it a museum for those who just want to look at pretty ceramics.
Part of the museum focuses on examples of Seville’s famous ceramics, spanning the Moorish era (the 8th – 13th century) right up to the 1950’s. The rest of the museum is dedicated to not only to the art of ceramic making – think kilns and mud – but it also explores life in the Triana neighborhood.
This is a great museum to check out if you are looking for more than your ordinary art museum experience. Also, it is a great insight to an art form that Seville is famous for.
Address: Calle Antillano Campos, 14
Hours: 10:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 20:00, Tuesday to Saturday; 10:00 – 15:00, Sunday & Holidays
Cost: 6 euros
La Caja China
A fascinating gallery in Seville, La Caja China focuses on surrealist and abstract works by a variety of local artists. Prominent people that have featured in the gallery include Pepe Barragán, Gloria Rodríguez, Manuel Salinas, Manuel Barbadillo, Ruth Morán and many others.
The museum is an ever-changing rotation of temporary exhibitions – the exhibition is changed on roughly a monthly basis – and being located right in Seville’s El Arenal neighborhood makes this interesting gallery an easy stop on any itinerary. One of our favorite art galleries in Seville and, also, in one of our favorite areas to enjoy a delicious bite to eat – it’s win win!
Address: Calle General Castaños, 30
Hours: 18:00 – 21:00, Monday – Friday; 11:30 – 13:30, Saturday.
Cost: Free entry
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.