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The Museum of Lleida, whi­ch incorporates the Lleida Coun­ty and Diocesan Museums, ope­ned its doors in November 2007 as the flagship of Lleida’s mu­seu­ms. A tour around its more than 7000 squa­re metres of ex­hi­bition spa­ce pro­vides a great in­tro­duc­tion to the city’s history, starting with pre­his­toric times and con­ti­nuing right through to the present day.

The works displayed at the mu­seum come from the merger of two century-old collections and a desire to unite the items that represent the heritage of the city and its area of influence under one roof. One of these is the co­llection of sacred art from the Diocesan Museum, the most re­cent incarnation of the museum created in 1893 by Bishop Mes­se­guer. The other is the ar­chaeo­logical collection of the Institute of Lleidan Studies (IEI), which traces its origins back to the Mu­seum of Antiquities foun­ded in the mid-19th century, who­se co­llection passed into the hands of the IEI in 1942. The museum also houses the coin collection from the Provincial Council’s Nu­mis­ma­tic De­par­t­ment, along with so­me pieces from the so-called Ca­thedral Trea­sure. Among the 974 works of art and ar­chaeo­lo­gical pieces on permanent dis­play at the mu­seum are items from the Bronze Age (from the Genó site in Ai­to­na), the Iberian Era (the Gebut site in Soses) and the Ro­man period (a Roman villa from Ro­me­ral, in Albesa).

There are also items from the Visigoth sett­le­ment at El Bovalar, in­clu­ding the outstanding baptismal font. Other interesting items in­clu­de rock-crystal chess pieces from Ager (dating from the Fa­ti­mite period, 9th century), Ro­ma­nes­que altarpieces, stone sculp­tu­res from Seu Vella, the mural pain­tings of Pia Almoina, Gothic panel paintings from the Herrero studio, 14th century sculpture from what is known as the School of Lleida, and Flemish tapestries and clo­thes worn by Pope Calixtus III.

Admission to the museum is not included in the guide service. Free admission on the first Tuesday of the monthCheck fees

Closed on Mondays

Duration: 1h30'

Meeting Point: Lleida Museum (1 Sant Crist St.)

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