You might not make it to the Mallorca city of Manacor just to visit their history museum – but the place comes with two very striking arguments to have a look: first of all, it is located right next to Rafa Nadal Museum XPerience and the amazing tennis grounds of the local tennis legend. Second undeniable fact: the admission is free. That has indeed been enough to persuade my wife and I to have a visit in summer 2021. Here is my review.
Manacor History Museum – Location & Admission
The Manacor History Museum – or Museu d’Història de Manacor, how it is named officially, is located right at the Ma-4015 road, next to Rafael Nadal’s grounds. I would generally recommend to go there by rental car. However, multiple buses stop at Rambla Rei en Jaume station, from which it is some 500 meters to the tennis academy and thus about a kilometer away from the museum. Manacor is also the terminus of the T3 Mallorca Rail Service.
The opening times differ between summer and winter season. Summer (June to mid-September) opening times are Monday and Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00 hrs and additionally from 17:00 to 20:30 hrs. Sundays and Tuesdays are closed. In Winter, there is the same morning session on Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays, but the Thursday to Saturday evening opening is shorter, 17:00 to 19:30 hrs. Therefor, you may visit on Sundays, 10:00 to 13:00 hrs. As stated above, admission is free.
Manacor History Museum – The Visit
The museum gives a really good overview of the history of the region, starting with the only ages. For tourists, the unfortunate fact about the museum is is that the information is given in Mallorquin (I neither speak Spanish nor Mallorquin / Catalan, but I guess it has been the latter due to the low number of accents). You do get quite a lot of facts by reading and looking at the numerous artifacts, but it is indeed blocking a visit. There are some really amazing exhibits – my favorite has been the original floor mosaics.
Despite the language issue, the museum is very illustrative, so that it is really possible to visit it even without understanding the local tongue. Rooms represent different ages, which also makes it rather easy to visit. During our visit, the upper floor of the former castle featured a special exhibition about ceramic / pottery, which has been very interesting. Another reason to get to the upper floor is the lovely view you have over the castle grounds and the area.
Manacor History Museum – Services
The staff in the museum was very friendly and helpful. The museum also offers a nice, small gift shop with some quite cool items.
Manacor History Museum – My View
I really liked the visit at the Manacor History Museum. It is a nice addition to the modern world of Rafal Nadal next door. The museum might not be worth the trip from Palma or other locations on the islands solely, but it is a very valuable additional stop on your trip.
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