Menorca is one of the most popular Balearic Islands and Menorca Museums are a popular visit for British
holiday makers. Menorca belongs to Spain and is situated in the Mediterranean
Sea, along with nearby Majorca. The warm climate in the Balearics guarantees
hot, sunny summers which are perfect for lazing on the beach or relaxing by the
pool. However, if you are looking to soak up a little bit of culture on your
holidays, Menorca has plenty of museums so you can explore the rich history of
this popular island.
Also known as Mahón, Maó is one of the two major cities in Menorca. It is
here that you will find the Menorca Museum, the largest museum on the island.
An ideal place to take the family for an educational day trip, the Menorca
Museum documents the island`s long and rich history, from the Byzantine and
Roman periods to the twentieth century. With its broad range of permanent and
temporary exhibitions, the Menorca Museum is not to be missed!
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The city of Maó also plays host to the Ateneo de la Ciencia, la Literatura y
de las Artes (Scientific, Literary and Artistic Athenaeum), which tells the
stories of Menorca`s greatest artists, painters and literary figures, as well
as showcasing some incredible contemporary work by natives of the island. For
those who want to learn as much as possible about Menorcan culture, the
Hernández Sanz - Hernández Mora Museum in Mao is not to be missed. This
museum exhibits the collections of Menorcan historian Francisco Hernández Sanz
and his son Joan Hernández Mora, who both contributed large sums of money to
the documentation and preservation of Menorcan culture and tradition. This
permanent exhibition features a huge selection of artefacts from the
eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century and is definitely worth a visit if
you are travelling to Menorca.
Military history enthusiasts should be sure not to miss the Museo Militar in
the town of Es Castell, a short drive from the city of Maó. The museum makes
use of the former Cala Corb barracks and has a fascinating permanent exhibition
showing war memorabilia, guns and flags from throughout Menorca`s long and
eventful military history. Those who take a real interest can also visit Fort
Marlborough, built by the British during and in the period following the War of
Spanish Succession, which took place between 1701 and 1714.
Whilst much of Menorca benefits from a good public transport network, you may
find that you have more freedom to explore the island and its stunning
coastline if you have access to a car. There are a number of companies offering
affordable vehicle rental, so make sure you compare car hire well in advance of
your trip to help you get the best deal.