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The Museum

The National Museum of Underwater Archeology ARQVA, is the institution responsible for making citizens aware of the Spanish Underwater Cultural Heritage, promoting its conservation, and consequently, its increase for its use and enjoyment.
Its purposes are the study, assessment, research, conservation, dissemination and protection of the Spanish Underwater Cultural Heritage.
These tasks are carried out in collaboration with the different regional administrations and their research centers, and in cooperation with the States Parties, signatories of the UNESCO Convention.
It is also the headquarters of the Permanent Observatory of the National Plan for the Protection of the Underwater Archaeological Heritage.

History of the Museum

Agenda of the Museum


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The Museum has extensive collections that began in Phoenician times with the wrecks Mazarrón 1 and 2 and the site of the Bajo de la Campana and reach the s. XIX with the loading of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes.
The collections have been formed over fifty years of archaeological research and campaigns of prospecting and excavation of underwater deposits, on the coast of the Region of Murcia. In recent years, we have also increased these funds with donations and deposits, both state and Autonomous Communities, thanks to the collaboration that the center makes with other agencies. In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Sport has assigned the shipment of the wreck Our Lady of Mercy to the stable collection of the same, collection that has been increased recently with the pieces recovered by the Museum in three archaeological campaigns carried out in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

– Selected Pieces

– Sites/Deposits

– On line Catalog: CERES

  • Open
    • From April 15 to October 15:
      Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • From October 16 to April 14:
      Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed
    • Mondays
    • January 1 and 6
    • March 23
    • May 1
    • December 24, 25 and 31