The archaeological museum in Deià was founded in 1962, by the charismatic archaeologist and painter, William Henre Waldren (1924-2003).

Waldren fell in love with Mallorca, on a vacation in 1953 when he was studying arts in Paris, France. He came here as often as possible, and slowly, he went from being mainly dedicated to painting to being full-time amateur archaeologist.

In the start 60’s, Waldren made some break-through finds in the caves of Son Matge, Son Ferrandell and Son Muleta, where he discovered the remains of the Balearic dwarf goat, ‘Myotragus Balearicus’ (photo). This suddenly gave him a name in the world of archaeologists world wide.

He designed and built the house of the museum himself. As a member of the ‘EarthWatch’, Waldren found many volunteers to help him maintain and run the museum.

Waldren’s many discoveries and journeys, are exhibited here at the museum in Deià along with some of his paintings and other works.

How to find the archaeological museum in Deià


Deià, or Deya, is undoubtedly one of the most romantic areas in Mallorca, which is also evidenced in the many wedding ceremonies held every year. The natural beauty of Deià has been the main attraction force of the many artists who has been here for inspiration, which has given the village its alias as “village of artists”. Every step you take opens new amazing views, colors so deep that they can’t be imitated; simply a fairyland. Deià is home to a nice handful of attractions, such as the Son Marroig estate with its iconic marble pavilion, the house of Robert Graves, the archaeological museum and the church of Joan Baptista crowning the village from its hilltop position. You have every reason in the world to visit Deià.

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