Archaeological museum José María Soler
One was based on 1957 with the materials gathered together during several decades and donated to the City council by don José María Soler Garcia. The Museum exhibits vestiges that document the human occupation of the region during a period of more than fifty thousand years.
In their display cabinets, chronological ordinates, Half are objects of the Paleolithic one, Paleolithic Superior, the Epipaleolítico, of the Neolithic one, Calcolítico as well as of the Age of the Bronze, this last one widely documented since the towns pertaining to this culture surpass the twenty, of which the Cabezo Redondo is their maximum exponent. Of the final stages of this period it is the famous Treasure of Villena, that the Museum exhibits between its collections and that a chapter deserves aside.
The vestiges of occupation of Iberian time, and those of the Roman Civilization are also represented in deposits as important as the Iberian town of the Prop of Salt mines and by rest of columns, ceramics, currencies…, pertaining to several Roman towns.
The Treasure of Villena
The Archaeological Museum exhibits one of the golden but sensational findings of the Age of the European Bronze: the VILLENA TREASURE.
In December of 1963 it appeared a bracelet of gold, of half kilo of weight, between sands of a work that was carried out in a lot of Villena. Found out the Director the Museum, don José María Soler the place of excavated from where those earth came: the Boulevard of the Baker, near Villena, finding a container buried in a hole that the fabulous TREASURE made up of sixty gold pieces contained in its interior - earthen bowls, bracelets, bottles and diverse pieces that adorned a sceptre, three bottles of silver, an iron bracelet and two mixed ones: an iron closing with adornments of gold and a button of amber and gold. A set of more than nine kilos of gold that has an antiquity of 3,000 years.
Also in gold the pieces are made that integrate the “Tesorillo of the Cabezo Redondo”, that also exhibits the Archaeological Museum and that is compound of 35 the 150 pieces that as soon as they reach grs. of weight.
These important findings come to confirm the existence of a very rich cultural center in the villenense region and that has shown the high degree of refinement reached about the Levantine hierarches of the Age of the bronze.
Recently it has been declared to the Bien de Interés Cultural Treasure.
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Museum Antonio Navarro Santafé Sculptor
The Museum is located in the ground floor of which Antonio Navarro Santafé Sculptor was the house of the distinguished villenense sculptor on the street.
Its conception leaves from an idea of the own artist, who prepared the ground floor of his house as study - the three arcs, of different architectonic styles, are done by the same one, where it was placing, on pedestals, the objects that were bringing of their study of Madrid: sculptural works, parchments, written, sketches, photographies… It is difficult to classify it within some facet, since it dominated many - from the imagery of virgins and saints in size and marble, to the picture in bust, nevertheless it is considered as the best animalístico sculptor of Spain, proof of it are “the Monument to the Bear and the Madroño”, in Madrid, or “the Monument to the Horse”, in Jerez de la Frontera, as well as the bullfighting groups that can be contemplated in their museum, carved at the exact moment of the beauty of the pass or the stylisation of the forms in some figures of dogs.
The same perfection and fidelity are appraised in the pictures, the majority of very well-known personalities, we can emphasize here the picture of Chapí for the seated statue of their monument in Villena; or its self-portrait and the one of its wife, between most outstanding. Today it is possible to be enjoyed this Museum and its content, thanks to the will of the sculptor to donate it to his hometown.
Museum of the Festero
This museum is located in the call “House of the Festero” in a building of four plants, excellent example of construction nineteenth-century bourgeois, and who is located in the Place of Santiago.
In its interior an important collection of objects is conserved that bear one close relation to the traditional Celebrations from Moors and Christians: suits and festeras images, posters and programs published throughout numerous years, memories of previous celebrations, etc.
In the Museum all the suits of the fourteen puppets are represented that Moors Celebrations of in honor of the Employer of the city participate in the Christian and, Our Señora María of the Virtues.
Important it is the section destined to the conservation of original scores of festera music, inseparable companion of all the acts that are celebrated during those days.
Museum of the Earthenware pitcher
This museum sets out an interesting collection of earthenware pitchers worldwide, realised throughout the years by don Pablo Castelo Villaoz, director and proprietor of the Museum. It contains more than 1,200 units of this peculiar object.
The Museum is located in the house of the director, constructed at the beginning of century but that has practically maintained its original structure, including the kitchen, that is exhibited with all the typical elements of the time.
Are units made in materials very varied, from the metal, the wood or the cooked mud. But, the greater diversity, appears in the design, that it acquires animal forms in some earthenware pitchers, of vegetables, human, of architectonic elements, next to others of greater formal complexity.
The singularity of this Museum is in which it is of the few visitables collections of all Spain.
Source: M.I. City council of Villena - Council of Tourism