Museo de Huelva. printer version

collections: suggested routes

Planta baja. Nueva ventana
Ground floor

Planta alta. Nueva ventana
Upper floor

The tour through the exhibitions in the Fine Arts Section always depends on the specific characteristics of the programmed temporary exhibitions.

The permanent Archaeology exhibition, using as its main theme, the mining-metallurgic richness of the subsoil in Huelva, attempts to give us an explanation of the different processes and cultural stages, which make up the current land of the province.

The second section on exhibition tells us how metals appeared in daily life, leading to the primitive sumptuary productions. The processes seen in the above section, would lead to greater work diversification and as a result, greater social diversification, which, in the case of Huelva, can\  clearly be seen in the funerary world and its pieces, the most characteristic being the collective burial.

The third section focuses on the knowledge of the Tartessian culture and its relations with the various towns with which it traded and which had an influence on it, until it became a rich and sophisticated civilisation, allowing us to consider it as one of the great cultures in the Mediterranean Arch.

The last section of the exhibition, displays how, after the Roman conquest, a new structuring of the land would come about, leading to a greater exploitation of the resources, also seen in a large increase in mining exploitation, in the organisation of agricultural production through the villae system and in the exploitation of the fishery resources along the coast. All these processes would incorporate the province of Huelva and the Iberian peninsula in general into the first great Mediterranean empire, the Roman Empire.

With the clear intention of separating itself from the persisting homogeneity of traditional archaeological museums, the exhibition attempts to emphasise the cultural features of the environment, without\  excluding the widest social and cultural structures. It is also hoped that the public will be able to plan their own visits through the multiple vision offered in the permanent exhibition, establishing free movement which is only limited by spatial distribution in the four sections, giving continuity to the process of cultural change. Subliminally, the mining and metallurgy industry have been chosen as the invariant which marks the historical evolution of Huelva throughout time.