The Top 10 Museums in Zaragoza, Spain

Museo de Pablo Gargallo, Zaragoza | © FRANCIS RAHER / Flickr
Museo de Pablo Gargallo, Zaragoza | © FRANCIS RAHER / Flickr
Photo of Esme Fox
6 February 2018

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.

Museo Goya - Colección Ibercaja

Goya painting in Zaragoza, Spain
Painting by Francisco de Goya at the Goya Museum in Zaragoza | © Agustin Martínez / Courtesy of Zaragoza Turismo
The Museo de Goya in Zaragoza is one of the best places to find out all about the life and works of one of Spain’s most famous artists – Francisco de Goya. It features a collection of fifteen of his most prominent paintings that range from his youth in Zaragoza (1762-1774) to his time in Bordeaux, where he died in 1828. The other part of the collection features 48 important works by other artists.

Museo de Zaragoza

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

Tapestry Museum

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

Alma Mater Museum

Church, Museum
Alma Mater Museum, Zaragoza
Alma Mater Museum in the city of Zaragoza, Spain | © Escarlati / WikiCommons
Located in the former episcopal palace, the Alma Mater Museum was once the residence of the saints, popes, bishops and kings of Aragon. Today it’s a religious museum, which was inaugurated in 2011. It features information on the history of the Aragonese church, delivered through a series of flash multimedia exhibits.

Museo Origami

Museum, School
Museo Origami, Zaragoza
Origami Museum in the Spanish city of Zaragoza | © Turol Jones, un artista de cojones / Flickr
An origami museum may not be what you’d expect to find in Zaragoza, but it’s actually home to such a gem. The Museo Origami comprises six galleries featuring both permanent and temporary exhibits of an extremely high standard, and is known throughout the world by origami fans.

Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta

Archaeological site
Caesaraugusta Theater Museum, Zaragoza, Spain
Caesaraugusta Theater Museum in the Spanish city of Zaragoza | © Agustin Martínez / Courtesy of Zaragoza Turismo
The Caesaraugusta Museum is the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was believed to have been built here in 14BC – perhaps to coincide with the fiftieth birthday of the emperor Caesar Augustus, who the museum is named after.

Museo de Pablo Gargallo

Museo Pablo Gargallo, Zaragoza, Spain
Museo Pablo Gargallo in the Spanish city of Zaragoza | © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga) / WikiCommons
The Museum of Pablo Gargallo is dedicated to the exceptional Aragonese sculptor, Pablo Gargallo, who lived from 1881-1934. The museum is housed inside a grand 16th-century building, which itself is an artwork. Inside, visitors will be able to see not only Gargallo sculptures, but also his drawings, sketches and engravings. One of the most notable works on display is the The Great Prophet – a portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse.

Acuario de Zaragoza

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

IAACC Pablo Serrano

Art Gallery
Museo Pablo Serrano, Zaragoza, Spain
Museo Pablo Serrano in the Spanish city of Zaragoza | © Juanedc / Flickr
The futuristic-looking Aragonese Institute of Contemporary Art and Culture is a centre dedicated to modern and contemporary art, which among other works showcases a vast collection of pieces by the Aragonese sculptor Pablo Serrano (1908 – 1985). Other artists featured here include everyone from Pablo Picasso to Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol.

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