The history of Alicante that is exhibited at the MUSA could not be told without taking into account Mount Benacantil and the castle of Santa Bárbara, which have always been linked to the events of the city. Both have been references of the different cultures and peoples that inhabited these lands. That is why the MUSA has been made in fortress buildings. The museum that collects important moments or themes in the history of Alicante, which have been completed in several phases.
EL 24 DE MARZO DE 2011, SE ABRIERON
The Corps of Engineers hosts the CERV, the Visitor Reception Center. Shows an animation audiovisual on the history of Alicante. It also proposes a journey through the different periods in the history of the city. The Old Hospital hosts the exhibition “Alicante transferred from the Mediterranean”, which shows the link between Alicante and the Mediterranean, interspersing archaeological and ethnological materials. In the Sala Larga, the exhibition “Histories and people” allows you to meet many of the people who have been part of the history of the city. With interactive points to obtain information on professions, surnames, etc. The Caves of the English narrate “The Explosion of the Mine” during the War of Succession, with panels and an innovative audiovisual. The old dungeons under the parade ground, due to the risk in the narrow staircase of descent, can be visited with a guide, within the program of guided tours of the fortress.
THE ATTRACTIONS OF THE MUSA INCREASED IN MARCH 2012
Cave – block. Dug out of one of the pits. The cavity was used for years as a stable for the donkey used to transport materials in the fort.
Renaissance cistern. Located under the current Plaza de Armas. From the middle of the 16th century. With two naves supported by ashlar arches. Designed to collect rainwater. The entrance panel offers information about it. A projection has been installed in the cistern that simulates the effects of water on the walls.
Governor’s House. With several environments that exhibit “Ceramics and art. The art of small things ”, with pieces and remains of archaeological sites in Alicante.
Anteroom: with a large mural with 2,162 ceramic fragments from all eras. In this space, emphasis is placed on didactics. Vault: exhibits archaeological materials. 5 showcases with jugs, bowls, glasses, plates, etc that make up a chronological journey from the Neolithic to the Contemporary age.
Terrace: Visitable spaces are gained. A new meeting point for photography is created, with privileged views. Reproductions of 3 assault machines from the Middle Ages have been installed in it: catapult, crossbow and palisade. The so-called Video Room has been conditioned with the exhibition “Elements of torture and death”, with utensils and tools used throughout history to apply torture.