Museum Exhibition of the Royal Prison (17th Century)
Museum of History, Archaeology and Ethnography inside the Royal Prison of Coria.
The Museum of the Royal Prison (Exposición Museística de la Cárcel Real) is one of the pioneering local museums in the province of Cáceres. It was inaugurated in 1999 and has been subjected to numerous changes throughout history. However, its ownership has always remained with the City Council of Coria. Its origin is linked to the protection of the local historical heritage and the first archaeological finds.
At present, the museum is divided into three different galleries that we strongly recommend visiting. The archaeological gallery on the ground floor covers an extensive period of Coria’s history, from Prehistory to the complicated Middle Ages. The second floor is occupied by the ethnographic collection, represented by the Fiestas de San Juan—or Feast of Saint John—a festival that was officially declared a Tourist Attraction of Spain (Fiestas de Interés Turístico) in 1976. And finally, the gallery that acts as an integrating feature and has emerged from the building itself: a prison from the late 17th century. It was the municipal jail until it permanently lost its role as a prison in October 1981.
Royal Prison Museum Exhibition Opening times
- Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00–14.00
- Tuesday to Saturday, 17.00–19.00
(Open every day of the year except Mondays, 1 January, 24 June, 25 December and public holiday evenings)