Museums of Valencia

We have been in Spain now for six weeks and are settling in. We are both surprised at how comfortable we are with our new life style. There are a few things we do miss about our life back home.

If you have tried to cook in someone else’s kitchen you will understand our first frustration – “Where the heck did they put the ______ ?” In the morning, before coffee, I just walk in to our small kitchen, open every cupboard door and stand back and look. It is the easiest way to find my cup for morning coffee. I find that it works better than the “one cupboard door at a time” treasure hunt.
But there are many things that we really like, for instance, garbage collection. In Valencia, you will find strategically placed, rather large, bins out on the street that are for garbage collection. There are bins for garbage and then different bins for recycling glass, paper, garden and food waste. When it is time to empty your trash, you simply grab your bag(s), walk out to the nearest set of bins and toss your stuff in. It is really quite efficient. But there is a period when you are new to the neighborhood and you might ask, “Where the heck did they put the bins?”
Another thing we like is being so close to so many beautiful churches and museums. Everyday we just go out into the city and get lost. Valencia is a wonderful city where you can hear birds chirping over the hum of the city, conversations in many languages and your spouse calling out; “Where the heck did you put the map?”
So, with map in hand, we have been busy playing tourist and this last week we explored a good number of museums. We are so excited about what we have seen we wanted to share it all with you but we understand that museums aren’t everyone’s interest so we have listed the museums below with links to our photos so you can browse through the ones that might interest you.

The Oceanogràphic Museum
The largest aquarium in Europe. There are more than 45,000 animals of 500 different species housed here.

City of Arts and Sciences
The architecture of the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences is stunning to say the least. It is no wonder it is listed as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporánia (CCCC)
The exhibit by Okuda San Miguel, (b 1980) a Spanish painter, sculptor and designer, is definitely worth seeing.

Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia
Magnificently restored religious art from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad (MUVIM)
A small museum with limited photo opportunities but we did find two exhibits of particular interest. We might have to did go back and add a few more photos to this entry. Check it out.

Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (IVAM)
Modern art is definitely a genre that we often find enjoyable but challenging to grasp, yet we both found pieces we could relate to – not the same pieces – but then that is art.

Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia
This museum has wonderful displays of materials and products used in the daily lives of the early Romans/Valencians. We enjoyed it.

National Museum of Ceramics
Wow! Both the exterior and especially the interior are adorned in “over-the-top” decor. We can certainly understand why it is listed in the top three museums to visit in Valencia.

Natural Science Museum
This is a small museum that focuses on the origins of life up to the time of the dinosaurs. It is composed mainly of bones and fossils but we still had a good time.

Museo de Rocas
The Museum of the Rocks which are beautifully decorated carriage floats dating back to the 1500s. Enormous in size and impressive with their detail this museum was a wonderful find.

The Museum of Toy Soldiers
Diverse scenarios divided into 13 different collections in as many rooms. Many specialists and collectors have on display pieces manufactured as early as the nineteenth century right up to the 2000s.

Center Arqueològic L’Almoina

A walk through a thousand years of Valencia’s history. This is an enthralling underground museum that has archaeological remains from the Roman, Visigoth and Arabic occupations.

Baños del Almirante (The Admirals Baths)

These medieval baths were built in 1313 and continuously operated as a public bath for more than 600 years.

Salut from these valencianos,
Ted & Julia

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