Museu de Lleida or Lleida Museum
If you are in Spain and if you are interested in art and history, you should not miss this museum in Lleida (pronounced as लरीदा or Lareeda. Museu de Lleida or Lleida Museum, is shortened and currently used name of the Diocesan and Comarcal Lleida Museum.
Best part is, if you can’t visit it, it’ll come to you.
Created in1997, it has a variety of collections including Roman, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art.
The day I went to see this museum, there was a group of school children along with their teacher listening intently to their guide understanding the various coins from history. Later, sitting on a long table they were making their own mosaics as did the ancient Romans. The pieces & designs were provided from the souvenir shop of the museum.
The museum is spread over two floors but I was told that even this is not enough to showcase all the artifacts. The museum manages the archives of the diocesan collection with important artistic pieces from the region of Lleida which have been integrated into this Museum.
Since the space in the museum is not enough, the Museum of Lleida also holds temporary exhibitions to compensate the limitations in display area. Besides promoting a modern museum’s functions of conservation, dissemination, and holding the importance of the collections, these exhibitions have served to publicize a significant number of the objects held in stores which await the new museum premises.
The aim of Museum of Lleida is to offer its collections to the rest of the Catalan region and so they hold mobile exhibitions in neighbouring towns including Barcelona. Depending on the interests of prospective audiences, these exhibitions range from classic formats, e.g. Christmas at the Diocesan Museum, the Image of Pilgrims in Lleida, Women and Madonnas and Skin of Stone to more informative ones such as Chess and the Knight and A Laid Table. Sometimes the exhibitions are aimed at promoting the work of restoration with showcasing work restored at the Museum of Lleida.
My favourite among the showpieces was to going back in daily life of the common man with the help of paintings & sketches. How they used to live and how the grains were stored & used and what did they do when a person died.
I also liked the mosaic work very much.
The restored mosaic art.
A typical scene of a village house … cooking, grinding, washing etc.
Grains were stored in large sized pits dug in the earth. After filling up it was covered.
A wide array of gift items are available in the gift cum souvenir shop to enable the visitor to take home a memento of his/her visit to the Museum of Lleida. These items include reproductions and pieces inspired on some of the most art works of the exhibit and inspired by the building itself. Stationary, T-shirts, jewellery, ceramics, bags, books, and the list goes on.
Adults : 4 €
Children : 2,5 €
If you are in Lleida, don’t miss this museum.
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