EXHIBITIONS & MUSEUMS IN MALLORCA
Mallorca is home to a wide range of interesting exhibitions and museums worth visiting. On this page, you will find inspiration and ideas to where to go for a cultural experience in different town in Mallorca.
Alcúdia is one of the most historic towns in Mallorca, and the only that has been awarded “Faithful Town” by the king. Alcúdia is famous for its beaches, hence the most popular summer holiday destination in all of Europe, but the town has a great catalog of cultural offers to indulge in. You can find things to do in Alcúdia here.
Museu Monogràfic is the ethnological museum associated with the ruins and archaeological site of Pol-lentia, former Roman capital of Mallorca. The museum offers an amazing collection of artifacts excavated from the ruins, which displays and tells the stories of everyday life in the Roman city.
Sa Bassa Blanca
One of the biggest and most impressive art museums in Mallorca is situated on the peninsula of Alcanada, Alcúdia. There are multiple highlights of the museum, including the collection of portraits of noble children, the sculpture gardens, the SoKraTES exhibition room, the wishing tree, collection of contemporary arts and, not to forget, the imposing manor itself, a unique ensemble of various architectural styles. Sa Bassa Blanca offers handheld audio-guides and many activities for all ages, you can easily bring your children along.
Andratx is a large municipality located in the most southwestern part of Mallorca comprising the town itself, the lush harbor of Port d’Andratx, the village of s’Araccó and the beach destination of Sant Elm. Generally speaking, Andratx is a destination for adults, thus most things to do here are in the cultural theme. You can find inspiration on things to do in Andratx here.
CCA (Center of Contemporary Arts) is one of the best known art exhibition spaces in the south-west of Mallorca. CCA is dedicated to promoting contemporary arts and you can always find new and interesting exhibitions here, as well as many cultural activities and workshops.
Son Mas is an old manor and current office building housing the town hall of Andratx and a public exhibition space. The exhibition has changing collections of contemporary arts. as well as themed exhibitions which reflect current topics of the world and society.
The regional museum of Arta offers some interesting collections of artifacts collected from the local area, including the Talayotic village of Ses Païsses. A visit to the museum will illuminate the Balearic prehistory and allow you to understand the evolution of the society on the island.
Binissalem is known as the ‘the wine capital of Mallorca’, due to the many vineyards and heritage of wine making in the municipality. Binissalem is popular amongst foodies and gastro-lovers, however, the town has a nice handful of attractions to offer. Find inspiration on things to do in Benissalem here.
Museum of Llorenc Villalonga
Bunyola has always been a prosperous an attractive area of Mallorca located between the Tramuntana and Palma. The exhibitions you are going to visit in Bunyola are related to the history of the wealthy people who have lived here.
If you want to discover more of Bunyola, you can find things to do in Bunyola here.
Raixa is one of Mallorca’s most famous and stunning mansions, thus it has been used as a film set for the movie “Evil Under the Sun“, a movie featuring the famous fictional character Hercule Poirot created by Agatha Cristie whom lived in Port de Pollenca. Raixa belonged to a long range of counts who each modified the mansion and gardens in beautiful styles. The last resident of Raixa, Cardinal Despuig, was a renown collector of Italian art and furniture, which is all preserved and exhibited here along with more items from the past owners.
Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful paradise-like botanical gardens. Keep that image in your mind and visit Jardins d’Alfabia. The house and gardens of Alfabia holds a great history and heritage of Bunyola and showcases some of the most scenic flora of the Balearic Islands.
Caimari, commonly referred to as “the olive village” because of its rich heritage of olive oil production. Caimari itself is a sleepy village, however, still with a great catalog of things to do and see. Discover Caimari here.
The Ethnological Park of Caimari is an open-air and free to visit exhibition of constructions known from the prehistory and medieval times of the Tramuntana mountain range. The exhibition include huts, traps, tools and, a snow house for water storage. The exhibition is a great to discover a mysterious and ancient time of Mallorca that most people will never know about.
Cala Ratjada is a well-known holiday destination found at the coasts of north-east Mallorca. The area developed from a small fishing port, whereof the original charm has been preserved. It is a destination full of possibilities with a lot to offer. Find things to do in Catala Ratjada here.
Torre Cega is the name of the beautiful old mansion that used to be the summer residence of Joan March and his wife Elinor. Today, the mansion belong to the March foundation, which also includes the Palau March in Palma, and functions as an art museum. One of the highlights of the exhibitions in Torre Cega, is the sculpture garden which features an exquisite collection. A visit to Torre Cega is a great cultural activity, and is found centrally in the holiday resort of Cala Ratjada.
Campos is an area with a great agricultural heritage to display. However, as a contrast to the predominantly rural area you will find the largest undeveloped beach of the island, es Trenc. There are two museums in Campos, the agricultural museum of Son Llado and the museum of the convent of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can find more things to do in Campos here.
Museu de les Germanes dels Segrats Cors
This cute little museum dedicated to the spiritual world exhibits numerous collections done by Sister María Rafaela, a nun of the convent of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in which the museum is situated.
Eco-Museum of Son Lladó
Ever been curious on the agrarian lifestyle, or wondered how agriculture has developed throughout the centuries? Perhaps you have a dream of moving away from the city, or to Mallorca, to start your own sustainable production becoming self-sufficient and need a little know-how? Whatever your reason be, make sure to visit the Ecomuseu situated in the agroturismo of Son Lladó, and you will have all questions answered. The museum takes you on a journey of the Mallorcan countryside and educate you in how different types of mills work, how things were done in the past etc.
Deià, or Deya, is known as one of the most romantic areas of Mallorca, it is a place where inspiration comes easily.Deià has been home to many celebrities such as author Robert Graves, entrepreneur Richard Branson, painter William Waldren, as well as holiday destination for Mick Jagger, Mark Knofler, Anai Nins and more. Moreover, musician Caroline Corr was married at the beautiful hilltop church. Come walk in the trails of these celbrities and find out for yourself why Deià is such a sought for place, and find things to do in Deià.
Son Marroig is an iconic mansion that used to belong to famous archduke of Austria, Ludwig Salvatore, whom fell in love with the Tramuntana mountains and spent a great part of his life exploring the island and its history. In the museum inside, you can discover the life of and accomplishments of the archduke, his works, furniture and personal belongings. Also, you will have access to the gardens and the pavilion made in Italian marble overlooking the sea.
House of Robert Graves
British author Robert Graves is just one of many famous personalities who have stayed or lived in Deià. From his home on the evergreen slopes, he wrote epic novels such as “I, Cladius” and “King Jesus”. Come inside and discover the home of one of our time’s most influential historical writers, in the house museum of Robert Graves.
Are you keen to discover the history of human occupation of the island? Would you like to see how our forefathers lived? Famous American painter and amateur archaeologist William Henre Waldren did. In fact, Waldren was so occupied with the island’s prehistory that he opened a museum in Deià exhibiting his finds plus many other artifacts collected over the years. Waldren established himself as a serious archaeologist after having discover the remains of an extinct race, the Balearic dwarf goat. The archaeological museum of Deià is a great attraction and way to get familiar with the indulging history of the island.
Escorca is a big municipality located in the highest areas of the Tramuntana range. Despite of its massive surface, Escorca is the municipality with the lowest population in Mallorca, just 212 people live in an area of 13.909 hectares. Put in another way, Escorca is the least developed area of Mallorca, it is reserved for nature. However, one of the island’s great tourist attraction is found here, in the hamlet of Lluc, which is also the name of the famous sanctuary that attracts millions of people every year because of its importance, museum and choir school which is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Discover Escorca here.
Santuari de Lluc
The Lluc sanctuary is the most famous religious hub of Mallorca and a tourist attraction that you not spare yourself for visiting. At the monastery, you will also find a great ethnological museum in several floors exhibiting life on the island from prehistoric times and up till the 20th century. Collections of ancient relics, ceramics, toys, artworks, furniture and much more is on display at the museum, it is a great way to learn about Mallorca and its rich heritage.
Esporles is a charming little mountain town located in a beautiful green valley deep in the Tramuntana, yet no more than about 25 minutes from Palma thanks to the great infrastructure. Esporles is home to the famous tourist attraction La Granja, a mysterious hermitage and a series of stunning architecture typical to the Tramuntana. Discover the area of Esporles here.
La Granja d'Esporles
One of the major attractions in the Tramuntana mountain range is the Granja d’Esporles, an imposing manor dating from medieval times that has been transformed into an ethnological museum. At the museum, you there are more than 80 exhbition spaces including the beautiful gardens with natural springs and free range birds. You mwill learn about the life on the manor, how it was completely self-sufficient with bakery, textile production, blacksmith, olive press etc., but also how the nobles and their servants lived and worked here. At the end of the tour, you are served free wine of own produce, as well as tasty bunyols, little fried pastries eaten with sugar and home made apricot marmalade. All in all, La Granja d’Esporles is just a great tourist attraction that both young and adults love.
Fornalutx is one of the most picturesque and charming area on the entire island. The village has numerous times been awarded one of the prettiest village in all of Spain, hence to high level of protection of this area. You can discover things to do in Fornalutx here.
The municipal museum of stunning Fornalutx is located in and named after the Can Xoroi building, a former olive press. There are many interesting things to see in the museum, however, the most remarkable exhibition is the collection of painted tiles collected from the area. Painting tiles was a way to protect your house from evil spirits back ancient and medieval times, it is a common phenomenon to the Tramuntana area.
Inca, commonly referred to as ‘the leather city’, is one of the major shopping areas of Mallorca. However, Inca is far more than just leather products and shopping, it is a treasury of cultural heritage! You can find inspiration and things to do in Inca here.
Museum of Shoes & Industry
Museum of Shoes & Industry is situated in the old military barracks of Inca, leaving an authentic and open exhibition space. Inca’s heritage is deeply rooted in the leather and shoe making industry, and inside the museum you can discover the evolution of this craftsmanship that goes back to ancient times.
Llubí is a sleepy little village found in the rural countryside of es Pla de Mallorca. Llubí is a renown producer of honey and capers, and has great traditions for agriculture which is testified by the many well-preserved mills. Discover Llubí here
The beekeeping museum is a private collection that is opened upon request, and on special occasions. Llubí has great traditions in honey making, hence the annual Balearic Honey Fair is held in this cute little village. The museum exhibits an impressive collection of tools used for beekeeping and honey making throughout centuries, absolutely worth scheduling a visit if this theme has your interest.
Manacor’s municipal history museum is found in the medieval fortress called Torre dels Enagistes. Inside you can discover the rich prehistory of Manacor where hundreds of finds and artifacts are on display. Manacor is one of those areas in Mallorca that has seen most human occupation throughout the millenniums, there are finds from the early Bronze Age, the Talayotic period, the Byzantine period, Muslim period and much more. After visiting the history museum, you will have a good idea about why Mallorca is such an interesting island.
Torre des Puntes
The medieval fortified building known as Torre des Puntes was one of the first buildings in the town of Manacor. Torre des Puntes has for years been home to changing art exhibitions worth visiting.
Archaeological museum of Son Fornés
The archaeological museum of Son Fornés is the museum associated with the amazing excavations of same name located on the outskirts of Montuïri. At the museum you will learn about the life on the island during the Talayotic culture, a culture unique to Mallorca and Menorca. All kinds of artifacts, relics, maps and images are on display in the museum, it is really a great opportunity to learn.
Muro is a charming and tranquil village found in the northern part of the rural region known as ‘Pla de Mallorca‘. Muro has a great range of attractions and points of interest to discover i.e. the Chapel of Blood, the Sant Joan Baptista parish church, the Ethnological Museum of Mallorca, the most beautiful bullring of the island and much more. Moreover, there are a series of annual event worth attending, as well as a great market on Sundays. Muro is, despite of its history, one of the most sought for holiday destinations due to the beaches of Platja de Muro which are considered some of the best in Europe. You find things to do in Muro here.
Ethnological Museum of Mallorca
The Ethnological Museum of Mallorca is a free to visit attraction that via impressive and extensive collections displays and exhibits the life on the island for typical families. The museum is housed in the stunning old mansion of Casa Alomar, in which all rooms has been transformed into exhibition spaces. Some of the highlights include the pharmaceutical collection, the painted tiles, the clay pottery and the blacksmith’s workshop in the courtyard. The ethnological museum is a great activity that should be visited if you are in in the area of Muro.
Palau de l'Almudaina
The Almudaina palace is one of Palma’s main attractions. The palace was constructed in the early 10th century by Moorish settlers, and became the seat of governors and kings of the island. Inside the palace, you can look forward to exploring multiple exhibition rooms featuring numerous collections from the many historical periods of Mallorca, including paintings of all its regents.
Banys Arabs, or simply put Arabian baths, is one of the most well-preserved remains of the Moorish occupation of Mallorca (902-1229), thus one of Palma’s main attractions. These ancient hammams was built along with the Almudaina palace when the capital started to expand and being populated by Moors. The exhibition will guide you through the baths and explain you the amazing stories behind.
Casal Solleric belongs to to most remarkable mansions of Palma, which is why the city council acquired this glorious building to use it as an open exhibition space of Contemporary Arts, as well as museum exhibiting original furniture and items that represent the historical periods of the noble families of Palma. The collections, artworks and detailed architecture makes for an incredible experience.
Es Baluard is named after the old military bastion in which the museum of contemporary arts is situated in. Es Baluard is mainly dedicated to exhibiting artworks of the Balearic Islands, and in many cultural communities considered a national museum. Es Baluard is a great attraction in Palma, you will discover some of the finest art from the region, as well as the most amazing views over the bay from the terrace.
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró
One of our times greatest artists in Surrealism, Joan Miró, fell in love with Mallorca and settled here with his Mallorcan wife Pilar. At the Joan Miró museum, you can visit workshop of the artist, as well as explore the magical world of Surrealism exhibited in the unique and imposing mansion design by chairman of Harvard University of Design, José Rafael Moneo Vallés.
Pueblo Español, or simply put ‘the Spanish village’, is an open-air exhibition of replica buildings constructed to exhibit some of the best of Spanish architecture. Publo Español is a great attraction if you love architecture, Spain and good stories. Moreover, Pueblo Español is home to one of Palma’s most cozy Christmas markets.
La Llotja belongs to the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Palma. It was designed in the 1400’s by famous architect Guillem Segrera whom also took part in the design of the La Seu cathedral. La Llotja was originally erected as a trading hall testifying to the rich commercial activity and importance of Palma. Today, La Llotja is a sought for exhibition space of artworks of different kinds.
Museu de Mallorca
The museum of Mallorca exhibits amazing collections of artifacts and relics found all over the island. The museum will guide you through the many periods of the Mallorcan history which has left their marks on the island and on the cultural heritage.
Sant Carles Military Museum
Come visit and explore the Sant Carles fortress and discover the history of Mallorca’s military. The fortress itself was constructed in the early 17th century per request of the association of traders who were under constant threat from pirates in Mediterranean. The exhibitions inside the museum include weapons, uniforms, plans, flags, images and much more in the theme of military.
Can you imagine a city like Palma being all agricultural? No? OK, well, come and visit the old mills of Palma and the museum inside to discover these incredible constructions that used to serve as one of the main occupations in the capital. You will learn all about the machinery, the mechanisms and the importance of the mills.
CaixaForum is one of Palma’s largest exhibition spaces. It is situated inside the imposing old Gran Hotel built in the early 20th century, and was one of the first and most remarkable pieces of modernist architecture.
Pelaires Cultural Center of Contemporary Arts is one of Palma’s most renown exhibition halls. Pelaires opened its doors in 1969 with works of Picasso, Mensa, Clavé and Miró, and, it was the first art gallery to exhibit contemporary arts in the capital. Nowadays, Pelaires exhibits both established and upcoming artists making it a great place to discover the best of new art.
Palma Aquarium is one of the greatest tourist attractions for families in Mallorca. It features true replica environments of exotic seas, the largest shark tank in Europe and hundreds of fascinating species to discover and learn about. In addition to all the tanks and exhibitions at the aquarium, there are also a wide range of fun and interesting activities and events to attend during the day.
Like so many other artists, Croatian Kristian Krekovic too fell in love with Mallorca and decided to settle here. Krekovic was deeply occupied with ethnographic art, Inkan culture and wild nature, which are some of the highlights of the museum.
Religion is a great part of the Mallorcan heritage. At the religious museum, you can discover religious artworks, offerings, saints and much more with connection to the religious life of the island.
Petra is one of the most pastoral areas of Mallorca, a place where religion has been a deeply rooted part of the local culture for centuries. The small town mainly famous for two things; preacher Junipero Serra and the es Celler restaurant. Despite of the modest size, Petra is a place with a big heart and has a lot to offer, even to a broad audience. Find things to do in Petra here.
Casa Junipero Serra
Father Junipero Serra is undoubtedly one of the most influential speakers in the history of Mallorca. He was killed in California during one of his missions to convert heathens, and later canonized in Washington DC where a memorial of him is set up. Here is your chance to visit the home of the son of Petra, see his works and learn about his religious life that ended up being his death.
Casa de la Vila
The Casa de la Vila (House of the Town) belongs to the municipality of Petra, and features a nice little exhibition hall of religious paintings, most of famous preacher Father junipero Serra and his family.
Pollença belongs to the most popular touristic areas of Mallorca, namely because of its harbor and beach destination of Port de Pollença. But the old town of Pollença, located about 7 km inland from the coast, is a true treasury of cultural offers. Find things to do in Pollença.
Museu de Pollença
The municipal museum of Pollença offers some amazing collections of artifacts and relics dating from prehistoric times and forward. A visit to the museum will teach you about the rich heritage of Pollença, and let you understand the development of the area throughout times.
Marti Vicenç Museum
Marti Vicenç was an artist and weaver whom became famous for his llengües, a typical Mallorcan cloth. At the museum, you will learn about his life, see his workshop and the many artworks he has composed over the years.
House Museum of Dionis Bennàssar
Dionis Bennàssar was one of the most exquisite painters from Pollença, whom was particularly renown for his paintings of nature. This is the house of the painter, where you will learn about his incredible skills, his process, his personal life and, of course, his works.
Porreres is a small and charming area located in the charming rural countryside of Mallorca. Porreres has some interesting stories to tell, some historical places to see and some great places to eat. Discover Porreres here.
Museu i Fons Artistic
Museu i Fons Artistic is a real peoples place. it is a public exhibition hall owned and managed by the municipality of Porreres and features an impressive collection of artworks donated over the years by artists and collectors.
Sant Joan is known as one of the most agricultural areas of Mallorca, with the least holiday options available. The fact that the area is so untouched by tourism means that there is a great cultural heritage to discover. But despite of the lack of hotel beds available, there are actually multiple tourist attractions to find in Sant Joan, namely the Finca els Calderers, the sanctuary of Consolation and the house museum of Father Rafel Ginard. If you trylu want to understand Mallorcan heritage, Sant Joan is one of the best places to do so. You can find things to do in Sant Joan here.
One of the most important and imposing fincas found in the Mallorcan countryside is the Finca els Calderers, a former manor turned into an ethnological museum. At els Calderers, you will discover the life of the wealthy landowners and their many servants living at or working at the manor. Original furniture, personal belongings, tools, kitchen equipment etc. has been collected and preserved to make the visit authentic.
Casa de Para Ginard
Discover the life and works of one of Mallorca’s most influential writers, Father Rafel Ginard. Ginard was particularly known for his great impact on children which he encouraged using poetry. A visit to the house museum with give you a unique insight in Mallorcan folklore and cultural heritage.
Santa Eugènia is a cute and very charming area found just about 10 minutes from Palma. Santa Eugènia is particularly popular amongst nature and animal lovers, as you will find some of the most scenic wildlife of the area here, as well as the Zoologico Natura Parc. Discover Santa Eugènia here.
Zoologico Natura Parc
The Zoologico Natura Parc is a great attraction for both young and adults. Come enjoy more than 500 species of animals, including one of the most fascinating collections of exotic birds, spread over a surface of more than 30,000 m2. The Zoologico Natura Parc is partly a charity cause, where most of the income goes to the foundation, as well as other charity organizations that help animals in need.
Sineu is located in the very center of the island, in the rural region of Pla de Mallorca. Sineu offers a great and varies catalog of attractions and cultural activities and events to indulge in. You can find things to do in Sineu here.
Galeria Can Gili
Galeria Can Gili is a workshop and gallery of artist Ricardo Gago, whom has dedicated his life to art. The gallery displays hundreds of works of his own such as sculptures, paintings and ceramics done in many genres.
Next to the amazing Santa Maria church, you will find the rectory building containing a religious museum. Inside, hundreds of artworks and ceramics dating from medieval times has been collected and put on display for you to enjoy.
Sóller itself is like one huge open-air exhibition of scenic Balearic nature and grandiose modernist mansions, a picturesque and very charming area loved by millions of people. Sóller has a lot to offer, not just many galleries and museums but also points of interest, attractions and sports activities. You can find things to do in Sóller here.
Can Prunera is the name of one of the most remarkable modernist mansions in Sóller and home to a museum of contemporary arts. The first thing you will notice about Can Prunera is undoubtedly the iron works on the main facade made in the artistic Arte Nouveau style which only the most wealthy people could afford. Various collections of artworks are on display in the exhibition halls inside the grandiose mansion, as well as there are events and activities held.
The botanical gardens and museum of Balearic wildlife is a great choice of activity in this area. Not only will you be educated in the many species, but you will find some of the most emblematic and beautiful flowers the archipelago has to offer. The visit to the botanical gardens is a treat for both eyes and nose.
Museu de Sóller
Museu de Soller, or simply Centre Cultural, is an ethnological museum displaying artifacts which testify to the rich history of human occupation in the area. This is really an interesting experience that illuminate life in the Tramuntana.
Museo de la Mar
Situated in a former religious building on a property overlooking the picturesque cove of Port de Sóller, you will find the maritime museum of the municipality. A visit will tell you the story and the importance of the harbor during the past few centuries, and how it has developed throughout. This is a great experience if you want to get to know the history of Sóller.
Valldemossa is known as one of the most charming and beautiful areas in Mallorca. The cute village itself stands as an open-air exhibition of typical architecture of the Tramuntana, located in the middle of the most picturesque green valley. It is no wonder that thousands of people come to Valldemossa every day and falls in love with this place, it is like a fairy tale. Here you can find inspiration on things to do in Valldemossa.
The Chopin museum is found inside the impressive royal charterhouse of Valldemossa, Real Cartuja. Chopin and his girlfriend, writer George Sand, stayed here during the winter of 1838/39 in an attempt to try and help the composer with his tuberculosis. You can explore the flat where the two stayed, their personal belongings they left here including the piano, as well as the stunning terrace.
The municipal museum of Valldemossa will guide you through the rich history of the area. Artifacts, tools and images has been preserved and exhibited here, along with the first type press of the island which was moved here from the Miramar monastery. The municipal museum is too found inside the Real Cartuja.
Miramar is an old hermitage and former missionary school created by famous Mallorcan philosopher Ramon Llull all the way back in the 13th century. In 1879, famous archduke of Austria Ludwig Salvatore bought the property along with other great properties in the Tramuntana. Today, Miramar serves as a museum exhibiting the many historical events of the small monastery, as well as an impressive collection of personal belongings of the archduke.
Coll Bardolet Foundation
The foundation of the Coll Bardolet gallery was promoted by the Balearic government due to the painter’s influence on the image of the island. Josep Coll Bardolet settled in Valldemossa in 1944 to find inspiration for his works, and in the grandiose mansion you can discover some of his best artworks such as paintings of nature and elements which represent the Mallorcan culture.