Seville is a historic city; it might not have big and renowned museums like Madrid, London, or Amsterdam, but it homes stunning gems you won’t want to miss. More than museums, Seville has incredible palaces with unique art exhibits and conservations that show a glimpse of its cultural heritage.
From stunning palaces to unique museums, Seville has something for everyone. If you are a history lover, you’ll love exploring the Hospital de los Venerables, a former hospital turned into a museum with a Baroque art collection. Or, maybe, you would rather check out Palacio San Telmo, which served both as the residence of the Archbishop of Seville and military headquarters.
On the other hand, if you are more into art than historical buildings, the Seville Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see. This museum is home to paintings from great artists between the medieval period and the 20th century.
Art lover or not, history buff or not, Seville’s cultural offer will captivate and inspire you. The nine museums listed below will take you into a time-traveling experience where you will see ancient Roman mosaics beautifully conserved in a traditional Andalusian garden.
Don’t wait anymore to start planning your future visits! Remember is always better and sometimes even cheaper to book online and ahead of time.
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1. Palacio de San Telmo
📍P.º de Roma
🚏Bus Line 5/21/22
⏰ Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Palacio de Telmo is located in the heart of Seville, right next to the Guadalquivir River. This building is a stunning example of 18th-century Spanish Baroque architecture.
This Palace was originally built to be the residence of the Archbishop of Seville until 1841. After that, the San Telmo was repurposed to be a naval college and military headquarters until the early 20th century when the Palace got two new purposes: as the office of the government of Andalusia and as a museum.
What to expect if you visit the Palace? If you decide to buy tickets for the San Telmo Palace, you will be able to explore its beautiful interiors, like the ballroom, the chapel, and its art collection.
The art gallery at the San Telmos Palace in Seville includes historical artifacts, paintings, and interactive displays that will teach about Seville’s culture.
You can get to the Palacio de San Telmo by foot if you stay anywhere close to the Old Town of Seville. If you don’t feel like walking, you can also take the tram and get down at the Archivo de Indias. A third option would be to take the bus, line 5, 21, or 22, and get down to nearby Paseo de Colón.
If you are traveling during any Spanish holiday, re-check the opening hours. The admission fee is €5 for adults and €3 for students and seniors.
2. Hospital de los Venerables
📍Pl. Venerables, 8
🚏Bus Line 21/22/C5
⏰ Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.
A hospital-turned-museum, the Hospital de los Venerable was a refuge for the elderly and sick priests of the late 17th century. Today it has been transformed into a museum with Seville’s most impressive Baroque art.
The museum is home to pieces from the Spanish artists Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
On top of that, you will be able to admire the stunning tile decoration on the wall, stroll around the refreshing gardens, and be amazed by the remarkable the trompe l’oeil in the ceiling of the chapel, which recreates scenes in illusory spaces extended beyond the reality of the frame that conforms them.
The Hospital de los Venerables is located in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, just a three-minute walk from the Real Alcazar.
The museum opens daily for extended hours, but always remember to re-check the schedule, especially during the holiday season.
The Palacio de Lebrija was owned by the Countess of Lebrija from the late 19th century until the early 20th century. Regla Manjón Mergelina, also known as the Countess of Lebrija, was a scholar from a well-positioned family in Seville with a great passion for archeology and art.
Inside this Palace is an exquisite collection of Roman mosaics, art, and antiques showing how the Romans lived during the Hispania era.
Just seeing the Palace is also a stunning experience as you see the traditional Mujedar architecture.
General admission is €12 for adults and €6 for children.
Get your tickets to the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija right here!
4. Palacio de las Dueñas
📍C. Dueñas, 5
🚏Bus Line 03/13/C4
⏰ Sunday through Friday from 10 am to 7:15 pm. The Palace closes on Saturday.
The Palacio de las Dueñas is one of Seville’s most famous palaces because of its stunning architecture and breathtaking gardens. This Palace was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and used to be an old monastery.
If you visit the Palace de las Dueñas, you will see a blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Mudejar architectural styles.
The Palacio de las Dueñas is one of Seville’s most impressive palaces, known for its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. Originally built in the 15th century, the Palace was later renovated in the 19th century and now features a unique blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Mudéjar styles.
To get to the Palacio de las Dueñas, you can go on foot or take any of the bus lines above. Additionally, the general admission is €12; the reduced ticket is €10 and €9 for residents of Seville.
5. Real Alcazar of Seville
📍Patio de Banderas
⏰ Monday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
It goes without saying that the Real Alcazar of Seville is a must-visit in this beautiful city. This Palace was built in the 14th century and was originally a Moorish fortress, which over the years got expanded and remodeled by different monarchs.
The Real Alcazar of Seville is a stunning architectural experience, exploring a unique blend of Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. This palace museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can explore the gardens, courtyards, and intricate tilework.
One of the most impressive areas of the Palace is the Bath of Lady Maria de Padilla and the extensive gardens, in which you will even find a peacock if you look carefully.
The entrance fee is €12.50 for adults and €3 for EU citizens under 26.
The Casa de Pilatos is the legacy of the Dukes of Medinaceli, a Spanish nobiliary house that was part of the Crown of Castile.
This palace museum is located in the heart of Seville, just a ten-minute walk east of the cathedral. Casa de Pilatos was built during the 16th century by the Medinaceli family, who were inspired by their travels and close relationship with Italy.
So, in architecture, you will appreciate a combination of Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Visitors love it because of its stunning courtyards, gardens, and fountains. Anyone that gets a ticket for this museum in Seville can explore unique rooms such as the chapel, the gallery of paintings, and the Hall of Ambassadors.
On top of that, this Palace has an impressive collection of sculptures and ceramics that will remind you of the Italian Renaissance.
Casa de Pilatos opens daily from 9 am to 6 pm in winter and until 7 pm in summer. The ticket to visit the house is divided into two: the first floor and the second floor.
The entrance fee for the first floor is €10 for adults and children, and the second floor has a price of €5. So, if you want to visit the entire house, the total ticket would be 15.
7. Bullfighting Museum: Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
📍P.º de Cristóbal Colón
⏰ Monday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.
Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is not a palace or an art gallery, but it is home to one of the most important museums for Sevillians: the story of bullfighting in the city.
The Maestranza bullring is one of Spain’s oldest and most famous; it was built in 1761, meaning it has over 200 years of history.
The museum inside the Sevillian bullring provides an in-depth look at the history and culture of bullfighting in Spain, especially in Andalucia. It displays the story of different bullfighters and exhibits customs and previous equipment.
Here are the prices of the museum and the link to the tickets if this is your type of cultural visit in Seville!
Seniors (over 65) and Pensioners
Students (17-25 with student ID)
Young (12-16 years old)
Children (7-11 years old)
Children (0-6 years old, with adult)
Family Ticket: 2 adults + 2 children (under 16)
Family Ticket: 2 adults + 3 children (under 16)
8. Seville Museum of Fine Arts
📍 Pl. del Museo, 9
⏰ Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Museum of Fines Arts in Seville is a must-see for anyone passionate about Spanish and international art. The museum is an eleven-minute walk from the Triana Bridge in the northern part of the city.
The Museum of Fines Arts of Seville building used to be a convent called La Merced Calzada, dating back to the 16th century. The museum is home to various paintings from sixteen different art movements. It is home to an extensive collection fo the Sevillian School from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
In the collection, you will see pieces from Murillo, Zurbarán, and Velazquez.
The museum prices are not very clear, so if you are interested in visiting, I recommend you go ahead of time to check out the prices and buy your tickets at the museum.
9. Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
📍Pl. América, 3
⏰ Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
One of the most beautiful things about this museum is the building itself! If you visit Maria Luisa Park and spend some time strolling through the park, you will stumble upon the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.
An 18th-century mansion with Neo-Mudejar architecture homes this museum in Seville. If you want to get to know the Andalusian culture, you will see traditional crafts and arts in this museum, such as ceramics, textiles, and woodwork. On top of that, the museum also exhibits traditional clothes, instruments, and household objects.
The museum is free for EU nationals and costs €1.50 for international visitors. Just like the museum above the ticket website isn’t as efficient, so I would recommend you to go a bit earlier and buy them at the museum.
I hope you do decide to visit any of these museums, and if you do, please let us know what you think about it in the comments!
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