Zaragoza in the northeastern region of Aragón is a fascinating city, featuring everything from Mudéjar architecture dating back to the time of the Moors, to archeological remains from Roman times. Here’s our pick of the best museums in town.
The Zaragoza Museum is housed in the old pavilion, which was created for the 1908 Universal Expo. Inside, it’s split into two sections – archaeology and fine art. In the first section, visitors can see archaeological remains from Aljafería Palace, as well as the head of Augustus from Tarazona, while the arts section displays works dating all the way from the 12th century to the modern day. There are also some important works here by Francisco de Goya, alongside ceramics and exhibits dedicated to ethnology.
Plaza los Sitios, 6, Zaragoza, Spain, +34 976 22 21 81
Housed inside the Chapter House of La Seo Cathedral, the Tapestry Museum features a major collection of tapestries which are considered be the most important of their kind in the world. The collection comprises 63 Flemish tapestries and six pieces of heraldic embroidery.
Plaza San Bruno, 11, Zaragoza, Spain, +34 976 29 12 31
Literally translated as the River Port Museum, the Museo del Puerto Fluvial is collection of archaeological remains found along the River Ebro, between 1989-1991. The area was once the centre of food trade in the area during Roman times, and the museum features audiovisual exhibits showing visitors what life was like at the time.
Plaza San Bruno, 8, Zaragoza, Spain, +34 976 72 12 07
The Zaragoza Aquarium may not exactly be a museum, but it does offer a range of fascinating exhibits. As the largest river aquarium in Europe, it offers a chance for visitors to learn all about the creatures that live in our worlds’ rivers instead of the sea. With over 300 species here from five important rivers on five different continents, it makes for a great day out.
Avda. José Atarés, s/n, Zaragoza, Spain, +34 976 07 66 06