Cordoba's collection of fascinating museums are sure to suit any culture-vulture's tastes.
Located inside a grand Renaissance palace, you get to look at traces of culture and civilization that once existed in Cordoba. There is a treasure trove of artifacts hailing from the Iberian, Roman, Visigothic, Islamic and Renaissance eras. Look for the Roman head of Drusus, the bronze deer statue of Medina Azahara, the Roman mosaics, the Lion of Nueva Cartella and the Visigothic Treasure of Donjimeno. The remains of a Roman theater are integrated into the museum and are located on the lower floor.
Address: Plaza de Jeronimo Paez, 14003 Cordoba
Telephone: +34 957 474 011/ +34 957 471 076
Opening Hours: Tuesday: 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and special holidays (January 1 & 6, February 28, Good Friday, May 1, November 1, December 6, 24, 25 & 31.
Bullfighting Museum ( Museo Municipal Taurino)
This museum pays tribute to great bullfighters such as Guerrita Machaquito, El Cordobes, Lagartijo, and Monolete. These are displayed along with a wide array of bullfight memorabilia, such as the infamous costumes ("trajes de luces"), photographs, paintings, trophies and other ceremonial objects. The head of Isleros, the bull who killed Manolete, is also in prominent display.
Address: Plaza de Maimonides, 14004 Cordoba
Telephone: +32 957 20 056
Opening Hours: Winter, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Summer, 9:30 a.m. to -3:30 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
If you have a penchant for jewelry, this is the place for you! Located in the Historic Quarter, the museum features the artistry of Cordoba jewelers. Get to know how precious and semi-precious stones are processed, how jewelry is made, and what tools are used. There are also shops inside the museum.
Address: Plaza Don Luis Venegas 1, 14002 Cordoba
Telephone: +34 957 496889
Opening Hours June 1 to September 15: Daily – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
September 16 to May 31: Daily – 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Diocesian Museum of Fine Arts
Housed in the former Hospital de la Caridad de los Reyes Catolicos, it was just recently converted into a museum. This building, which is a 15th century Episcopal Palace, has a hall dedicated to the artists of Cordoba, plus a gallery of religious artifacts and medieval artwork. The building in itself is a wonder to behold, with several stories, a dining room and a chapel.
Address: Calle Torrijos 2, Plaza del Potro, 14001 Cordoba
Opening Hours: Mondays: Closed, Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Wednesdays to Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Julio Romero de Torres
The museum is, of course, all about the artwork and life of Julio Romero de Torres. De Torres hails from a family of artists but he is the most well-known, as his art mainly featured provocative images of nude women. Julio Romero de Torres is considered to be one of Spain’s greatest painters. Be sure to look out for the following paintings: Naranjos y Limones, Cante Hondo, La Chiquila Piconera and La Copla. This museum shares the same location as the Fine Arts Museum.
Address: Plaza del Potro 1, 14002 Cordoba
Telephone: +34 957 491909
Opening Hours Sundays and Public Holidays: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
May 1 to June 14, September 16 to October 15:
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
June 15 to September 15:
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
October 16 to April 30:
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Palacio de Viana
This is not called the patio museum for nothing. There are 12 highly fascinating patios that surround the palace. These patios - lush with orange trees, myrtle plants, palm trees, cypresses and flowers - are treasures in themselves. But the palace also holds a wealth of historical items, such as paintings, tapestries, furniture, porcelains and so many others. There is also a library with 7,000 volumes.
Address: Plaza Don Gome 2, 14001 Cordoba
This 5.5 hectare-garden and museum holds a wide collection of Andalusian and Spanish flora. The museum holds a valuable collection of paleo-botanical fossils and thus attempts to examine the relationship between humans and plants.
Address: Avenida de Linneo, 14004 Cordoba
Telephone: +34 957 200 018 / +34 957 200 077
Opening Hours: Opening Hours vary at different times of the year, please consult the Tourism Board for opening hours.
Fundacion Roger Garauddy
This section of the Torre de Calahorra features audio-visual presentations of life in the 10th century A.D.. It also covers life between the 9th and 13th century. It will provide you with a glimpse of life during Cordoba’s golden era and how Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in peaceful harmony during this highly enlightened period.
Address: Calle Puente Romano, s/n 14009
Telephone: +34 957 293 929 / Fax +34 957202677
Opening Hours May 1 to September 30: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 1 to April 30: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Special hours on Special holidays
Leather Museum (Casa Museo Arte Sobre Piel)
Located near the Mezquita, this museum brings you within touching distance with an ancient tradition – Cordobanes (leather crafting). Its main feature is the artwork of Ramon Garcia Romero, who saved this kind of craft from extinction. It also features leather artwork and leather working tools. You will never see this kind of art anywhere in the world so be sure not to miss this.
Address: Plaza Agrupación de Cofradías, 2, 14003 Córdoba
Telephone: +34 957 050131
Opening Hours Mondays: Closed
Other days: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes)
Sharing the same space as the Museum of Julio Romero de Torres, this is a showcase of famous paintings beginning from the Andalusian Baroque era. It features works of renowned Spanish artists such as Valdes, Goya and Murillo. The artwork of Cordoban artists Carlos de Haes, Regoyos, Sorolla, Gonzalo Bilbao, Jimenez Aranda, Romero Barros, Santiago Rusiñol, and Zuloaga are also on display. This is one of the oldest museums in the city.
Address: Plaza del Potro 1, 14002 Cordoba
Telephone: +34 957 473345
Opening Hours: Tuesdays: 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays to Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.