Although you might think of Madrid or Barcelona when it comes to Spanish art, Sevilla also has a rich art history and an emerging art scene. Visiting art museums is one of the best ways to explore the culture here, especially if you’re on a budget, as admission to most museums are less than €3. If you have a student card, don’t forget to ask for a “Entrada para estudiantes” (a student ticket) as you might get cheaper admission in some places.
Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts)
This museum is a must see during your time in Sevilla, it’s the most influential art museum in Seville, known as the second most important Spanish art museum in Spain. Here, you can find 17th Century pieces by some of Seville’s most renowned artists; Velázquez, Zurbarán, and Murillo. These paintings are housed in a beautiful building, also built in 17th century, with a stunning ceiling and gardens to explore. If you fancy buying some art of your own, visit on a Sunday, when there is an art market outside the museum.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 09:00 – 21:00. Sundays and holidays from 09:00 – 15:00.
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo – CAAC (Andalusian Museum of Contemporary Art)
Originally a 15th century monastery, then a ceramic factory, this building is now the home of contemporary art in Seville. It exhibits weird and wonderful collections from Andalusian artists during the 20th century, often with temporary exhibitions featuring international artists. You can also explore the beautiful monastery gardens which are now dotted with sculptures. Sometimes they host jazz concerts or flamenco performances in the grounds, so keep an eye on the website for upcoming events. The museum is also home to some important history as Columbus often worked and stayed in the monastery before his voyages.
Admission: €3.01, €1.80 for temporary exhibitions
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 – 21:00. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 – 15:30.
Free Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 19:00 – 21:00. Saturday from 11:00 – 21:00
Are you looking for a different way to experience art? The Caixa Forum has a wide range of cultural activities; independent films and artist exhibitions, screenings of the recent showings at the opera, conferences and debates.
It’s worth keeping an eye on the Caixa Forum website for tickets to all the upcoming events.
Admission: Some activities are free, but most range from €3 – €6 admission.
Museum Cerámica Triana
The district of Triana is well known for its ceramic production, which is why many buildings in Sevilla feature beautiful tiles. The Ceramic Centre is within one of the old ceramics factories in Triana and is a different experience from the other art museums, as it tells the story of Sevilliano tile making from the 8th Century to the 1950s and allows you to explore the art of ceramics making.
Admission: €2.10/€1.60 for students
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 – 17:30. Sunday from 10:00 – 14:30