Battles, dates and famous people are only part of the story at the Valencia History Museum. Curators have split the rich history into eight eras, highlighting what it was really like to live and breathe through each window of time. Objects, documents and works of art add colour and detail to every visitor’s impression of how it was to walk through the city and see the historic spaces it hosts before they were even historic!
From it’s founding in 138BC as a place of rest for the Romans, the story moves on to a time named Balansiya and a phase with strong links to Islamic culture. The conquest by James I – monumental as it was for Valencia – is covered through the eyes and belongings of locals – before moving on to 1519-1707 and a time of riots and conflict. The eras titled El Municipio Borbonico and La Cuidad del Vapor bring the city to a time of industry and success, followed by the ‘modern’ period of 1917-75, with growth and immigration reshaping the social landscape. The last of the eight eras is dedicated to La Valencia Vivada and the transition to democracy from 1975-2003, and a city of Spanish and European importance. For each era, two scenarios are picked out as milestones and used as a focus to capture the imaginations of visitors.
This is one of Valencia’s 45 museums and it is one of the largest. The museum recommends that if this is your first visit, choose a particular section. The museum contains so many exhibits, you’ll find it almost impossible to see them all in one visit! There are many good reasons to return again and again here.
All audiovisual elements of the museum displays are in Valencian, Castilian, English and French. The text within cabinets and panels are in Valencian and Castilian.