It shouldn't come as a surprise that history and culture are a point of pride here, enthusiastically promoted in Malaga's numerous museums and monuments. From ancient archaeological treasures, to traditional Spanish pastimes, a famous local artist and hero, to the contemporary art that still emerges from this city – you have everything at your feet.
The Picasso Museum is housed in the Buenavista Palace, a Renaissance building from the 16th century and the most important example of noble architecture from the period. Tirelessly prolific, Picasso painted over 2,000 works. More than 200 works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and engravings testify to the magnitude of his prolific career, from its inception until the last academic paintings of the 70's.
The Aquarium of Malaga has all kind of maritime recreations, with a variety of different sea species. It also has a part dedicated to life at sea where you can find ships, models, and other fishermen tools.
In this museum you can find more than 400 different examples of mainly Spanish contemporary art from the 19th to 20th century.
Bullfighting art and history. Get an idea of this famous Spanish pasttime. Costumes and posters of their best fighters are exhibited.
The collection includes the main genres in 19th century Spanish painting, paying special attention to Andalusian artists. There are more than 200 works on display at the mid 16th century Villalón Palace including "Santa Marina" by Zurbarán. Then it continues with a section dedicated to Romantic landscapes and costumbrismo, depicting customs and manners, with works by Genaro Pérez Villaamil, Manuel Barrón, and the Domínguez Bécquer family.
The Archaeological Museum is located in the castle/ fortress La Alcazaba. It contains important archaeological findings from the Phoenician era to the Moorish epoch. Many of the findings were found under the restoration of La Alcazaba and include Roman sculptures and mosaics, Arab ceramics and other pre-historical findings.
The Pablo Picasso Foundation Museum showcases original works by Pablo Picasso in its permanent collection and during temporary exhibitions. The museum occupies the first floor of the building where the painter was born and lived the early years of his life. There are three rooms devoted to the different mediums used by Picasso, ceramics, prints and illustrated books.