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Museum of Popular Arts and Customs

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The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of Seville, created in 1972, is a museum dedicated to Andalusian ethnological heritage, both tangible and intangible, in the rooms of which there are displayed objects and utensils that document the customs, knowledge and ways of life typical of the traditional culture of the area.

It is installed in the Mudejar Pavilion, a building designed by the architect Aníbal González for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. This location in the Pavilion was chosen due to the transfer of the use of this building, first partially and then completely, to the State by the Seville Town Council.

Its most important collections are those of ceramics, clothing and craft activities in Andalusia. It must be also highlighted the Aguiar collection of costumbrist painting, the Soria collection of oriental tiles and ivories, the ceramics collection of the Gestoso collection and, above all, the Díaz Velázquez collection of lace and embroidery, one of the most important in Europe and which, by itself, could establish an independent monographic museum, consisting of almost 6,000 pieces. On the other hand, the Seville Town Council has deposited its collection of original posters of Seville's spring festivals in the museum. Among the additions made in the last decade, there is the acquisition of the Loty collection, made up of more than 2,000 antique glass plates showing details of Andalusian towns and life from the beginning of the 20th century to 1936, two collections of toys and one of more than 7,000 postcards.

On the main or ground floor of the Museum, the central room is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

The facilities open to the public include, in addition to the permanent and temporary exhibition rooms, the recreation of a Condado de Huelva wine cellar, an audiovisual projection room where visitors can watch documentaries on traditional Andalusian life, a room for educational activities and the library, which specialises in Anthropology and Museology. There is also a computer station that offers software for consulting the Loty photography collection.

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