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The main museums of Valencia city

Valencia is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in Spain. In fact, it has undergone an absolutely spectacular process of modernisation in recent decades. One aspect that has received more attention and care is art and as a result, within this city, it is possible to find a variety of highly valued museums. For this reason, at Engel & Völkers Valencia, we have decided to make some small suggestions for your next stop, which are currently considered the most important ones.

Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe (Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences)

The Prince Felipe Museum of Sciences (Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe) is, without doubt, the most important in Valencia. In fact, figures indicate that during 2015, this museum received 1.1 million visits. Located within the complex called City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia (Ciudad de las Artes and las Ciencias de Valencia) designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, it is situated adjacent to l'Oceanogràfic and l'Hemisfèric which also received a number of visitors during the last twelve months. It has a total of three floors that represent 26,000 square metres of exhibition, some of them permanent and others temporary.

On the ground floor and, in particular, the one called Mayor Street, the popular artistic representation of a large DNA molecule has become the main icon of the museum. Similarly, in this area there is also a spectacular Foucault pendulum that's 34 metres in length, making it one of the largest in the world.

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Museo de la Lonja (Lonja Museum)

Museo de la Lonja is the second most important museum in city of Valencia with half a million annual visits. In addition, the building itself has great architectural value in artistic terms as it is one of the few examples of civil Gothic style that remain in Europe. In fact, this unique feature that has been around for more than two decades and earned its distinction in the locality has helped the building to be recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its spiral columns and orange trees in the courtyard have become genuine iconographic symbols of the city.

MuVIM or Valencian Museum of Illustration and Modernity

The Valencian Museum of Illustration and Modernity, also known colloquially as MuVIM, is the third most important museum in Valencia thanks to its nearly 300,000 visitors. For several years the room used to house its permanent collection but was subsequently closed for technical reasons, although in early 2016 it has been reopened to the public with the aim of showing the exhibition 'La aventura del pensamiento' ( the thinking adventure), which involves a tour of some of the most important works in the Middle and Modern ages presented by a group of researchers who characterise guides, housewives, bourgeois and medieval monks.

Centro Cultural La Beneficencia

Last year, the Centro Cultural La Beneficiencia benefitted from more than 200,000 visits. It is located in Corona street and, specifically, in a building which in the past housed a former convent. It is also considered as a building with great artistic value. It is worth knowing that in 1876 the building was designed by the popular architect Joaquín María Belda. Today, the galleries are displayed inside the Prehistòria de Valencia and Museo Valencià d'Etnologia.

Museum of Fine Arts San Pio V

The Museum of Fine Arts San Pio V in 2016 enjoyed more than 150,000 visits. Specifically, it is an art gallery that's managed and administered by the Generalitat Valenciana. For many years it has been considered one of the leading specialised museums. In fact, the collection of Gothic artworks date from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and enjoy great international importance. However, the Self-portrait of Autorretrato de Velázquez and the Virgin with Child and Pinturicchio are its most prestigious works. It is located inside a building that was designed in 1683 and built some decades later.

Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)

It's also known by the acronym IVAM, was the first center of modern art created in Spain, opening in 1989 in the city of Valencia. The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern is an important center for modern and contemporary art in Spain and Europe. It is in position 52 of the 100 most visited museums in the world. It is the work of architects Emilio Giménez and Carles Salvadores, and has two spaces for exhibitions: Centro Julio Gonzalez and Chamber of the Wall.

Valencia has many highly valued museums in addition to the five that we have referred to. In fact, it would be impossible to name them all in one article. In any case, what is clear is that these museums are of great artistic value and located in some of the best areas of the city. So if you are thinking of renting or buying a home near one of them, you can certainly enjoy the excellent artistic environment. Make sure you contact Engel & Völkers real estate Valencia. Currently we have a large stock of homes around these museums and can advise and guide you in everything you need.

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46003 Valencia
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