Salvador Vilaseca Archeological Museum Baix Camp, from the Palaeolithic Era to the Muslims
This museum is the best homage of the city of Reus to one of its most well-known natives: the doctor and prehistorian Salvador Vilaseca Anguera (1896-1975). During his life, he gathered an extensive archaeological paleontological collection that is a unique testimony on the first cultures that inhabited the county of Baix Camp and its neighbouring territories.
The museum was inaugurated in 1984 at the Old Bank of Spain, a neoclassic building that stands out due to its corner in the form of a tower. Inside, the permanent exhibit shows materials that cover the lower Palaeolithic era to the Medieval Muslim occupation of this territory (the 8th century).
Even though the old Vilaseca collection is the basis of the archaeological content, it also has pieces from other origins such as deposits, donations or more recent excavations. During your tour of the museum, you can admire fossilized remains of animals from the Quaternary period coming from the Barranc de la Boella ravine (more than 500,000 years old), pieces from the Neolithic burial cave called Cau d’en Serra or a bronze buckle found in a burial site in Antigons.
One of the most well-known pieces is the representation of a young deer, engraved over a small plate of llicorella (fine slate) with a flint chisel. It is one of the most ancient (about 10,000 years old) and most beautiful examples of Prehistoric portable art found in our country.
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Take the opportunity to also visit the ethnology, art and archaeology collections of the Reus Museum in the area of the Plaça Llibertat square.
Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00, and from 17:00 to 20:00
Sundays and Mondays, closed
Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday; 1st May, 29th June, 15th August, 11th and 25th September; 6th, 8th, 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December
General admission: €3.00
Reduced rate: €1.00 for students, Carnet Jove, ages over 64 and the unemployed
Free entry: teachers, ages under 7, Friends of the Museum, members of ICOM and the Association of Museologists of Catalonia, Targeta Daurada of the City of Reus