May 2021. The Belgian government lifted the ban on leisure travel in April, but strict travel rules limited options. As the Balearic Islands – lles Balears or Islas Baleares – were a yellow zone, we booked flights and a hotel in Palma de Mallorca.
The website isn’t very welcoming. Firstly, there’s only a Catalan version. And the interface and typography are very dated. Early 2000s. So yeah. But as we had a couple of hours to kill, we gave it a shot.
The museum was created in1961 from the collections of the old Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, the Marroig collection, the archaeological collections owned by the state, the funds deposited by the Lul·liana Archaeological Society and the Prado Museum in Madrid. Since then the funds have increased extraordinarily, divided into several sections: archeology, ethnography, fine arts and decorative and industrial arts.
The main headquarters are located in Palma in the house of the counts of Aiamans, better known as Can Desbrull or popularly as Ca la Gran Cristiana.
Admission is mere 2.40 euros. It was a Thursday afternoon and we were the only visitors. I expected archeology, but we saw art through the centuries and then predominant styles.
Explanations are multilingual. There’s not that much to see, but you can hardly beat 2,40 euro. So yes, it was okay for an hour or so.
There is by the way much space left for a larger exhibition.
- With Iberia business class from Brussels to Madrid in Business Class.
- Iberia Dalí Lounge in Madrid Barajas Terminal 4.
- With Iberia Express from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca in Business Class.
- Castell Bellver overlooking Palma de Mallorca.
- Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
- Trains in Mallorca.
- Mallorca’s Manacor.
- Cathedral-Basilica of Santa Maria of Palma.