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Málaga is known for its art collections and museums, but there’s a lot more to see than Picasso.

Málaga has been settled since Phoenician times and our pick of 5 of the best museums in Málaga reflects the history and culture that has built up over thousands of years. So, if you’re staying at a Costa del Sol resort, for museums from wine to glass, archaeology to cars, Málaga has it covered.

Wine Museum

The museum (Museo del Vino Málaga) takes you through the history of wine in the Málaga province. Famous for its moscatel, with vineyards through the mountains of Málaga and the Axarquia, Málaga’s sweet dessert wine is second only to the sherry of Jerez for renown in Andalucía.

The museum is housed in the Palacio de Biedmas, an 18th century building in the centre of the city. On the ground floor there are over 400 bottle labels and posters dating from throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The first floor traces the history of winemaking in the province from the Phoenicians and Romans to the Moors.

The tour ends with a wine-tasting (2 wines). You can taste others of the 120 Málaga wines on display in the tasting room for an extra €1.

General Information

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00; Sat 10:00-14:00
You need to reserve guided tours 2 or 3 days in advance but for a non-guided tour you can just turn up.
www.museovinomalaga.com

Glass and Crystal Museum

You’ve got to drink your wine out of something, right? The Museo del Vidrio y Cristal is a collection of decorative arts that have glass and crystal as the common denominator.

Over 16 rooms, the glass collection is accompanied by paintings, furniture and objet d’art from different eras. It’s not only drinking vessels, there’s a collection of English stained glass windows, Roman and Greek artefacts as well as Venetian and Bohemian glass.

A fascinating look at how glass has worked within different cultures.

General Information

Opening times: Tues- Sun 11:00-19:00
Ticket office closes 45 minutes before the doors.
www.museovidrioycristalmalaga.com

Museum of Arts and Customs

A former inn dating from the 17th century, Meson de la Victoria, is home to this museum which gives an insight into the bygone customs of the region.

From farming methods to dancing, cooking to festivals both religious and secular, this is an intriguing little museum. The building itself is attractive with an inner courtyard from around which the rooms open up.

So quaint, and ideal for those who have limited boredom thresholds with museums.

General Information

Opening times: Mon-Fri 1 :00-17:00; Saturday 10:00-15:00
There’s free entry to the museum on Tuesdays, 13:00-17:00.
For an additional €1 per person, you can have a guided tour.
www.museoartespopulares.com

Málaga Museum

The museum charting Málaga’s history through archaeology and art is within easy reach of the cruise port and Muelle Uno with its bars and restaurants.

Charting the provincial history of Málaga it has 5 rooms dedicated to archaeology and 3 to fine arts, with a total of more than 17,000 artefacts. The diverse range of the collections makes this a must-see museum for those interested in the history of a particular region.

General Information

Opening times: Tues-Sat 09:00-21:00; Sundays 09:00-15:30
Entrance is free to EU citizens (proof of ID required). €1.50 for others.

Automobile Museum

For all those petrolheads out there… and fashionistas!

Málaga’s car museum (Museo Automovil Málaga) is more than just a collection of cars; visitors have come away enthusing about this museum. Located in one of Málaga’s most emblematic buildings, La Tabacalera, 13 rooms take you on a journey through the artistic and historic evolution of the car and fashion from the end of the 19th century.

There are almost 100 restored vehicles including Bugatti, Ferrari, Rolls Royce and Bentleys and 7 exhibitions of haute couture from Schiaparelli to Galliano. You can also try on some of the hats – good photo op!

This museum has been rated one of the top 10 museums in Spain by TripAdvisor.

General Information

Opening times: Tues-Sun 10:00-19:00
The ticket office is open until 30 minutes before closing.
www.museoautomovilmalaga.com