ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM “LA ENCOMIENDA”
Situated in the old town at the end of Calle Mayor is the emblematic building “La Encomienda”dating back to the XVIII century.
The museum preserves and exhibits cultural medieval remains discovered in the municipal area of Calasparra and its surroundings, from the Paleolithic era to the Arab culture of the XIII century.
It has almost 700 artifacts related to archeology and natural sciences.
Highlights of the exhibition are the Islamic discoveries from the Villa Vieja archeological site and a collection of fossils and minerals in the Natural Science section.
The museum is divided into three floors and offers a trip through the history of Calasparra. Here are preserved and exhibited the remains of the cultural material discovered in the town and its surroundings from the Paeleolithic Era through to the Arab Culture of the XIII century. Among the highights are the Islamic discoveries from Villa Vieja.
On the third floor is an exhibition of important geological and paleontological fossils and minerals as well as a library.
The museum has educational guides for primary and secondary school children.
The Sala del Comendador, an exhibition space, is an annex of the museum where different artists exihibit throughout the year.
Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 10.30ªm to 1.30pm.
Pza. de la Constitución, s/n.
Tel. 968 745 135.
On June 1, 2007, this ethnographic space was inaugurated, in Calle Mayor, in the Granary building which belonged to the Counts of the Valley of St John.
The Rice Museum is divided into three floors. On the first floor descriptive panels are used to explain how the rice gained the Denominación de Origen; the extent of the paddy fields; the processing and cultivation of rice; the wildlife associated with its cultivation; and a gastronomic section where rice is the protagonist.
The visitor may also view antique photographs showing the work of the rice growers and the different varieties of the Calasparra rice.
On the second floor is an exhibition of tools and machinery, dating back to the XIX century when the industry formed part of the rice mill of the Counts of the Valley of St John, as well as a collection of tools employed to sow, harvest and clean the grain and other implements connected to the ethnographial patrimony of Calasparra donated by residents of the town.
Some of these tools are preserved in three cupboards dating back to the XVIII century which were also the property of the Counts of the Valley of St John.
Also on the second floor there are copies of historic files, some of which go back to the XVII century, in which the cultivation of Calasparra rice is mentioned.
Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 1.30pm.
CI Mayor, 14 (Edificio Casa Granero)
Tfno. 968 745 325
EMILIO PEREZ PIÑERO FOUNDATION
The Emilio Pérez Piñero Foundation is located in the building called 'El Molinico', one the few buildings from the XVI which remain in the town and which forms part of the civil architecture of the Renaissance.
This Foundation gives visitors the opportunity to familiarize themselves with both the figure and the work of the brilliant architect, Emilio Pérez Piñero, who was considered to be the inventor of folding structures for large spaces and was internationally known for his contributions to light structural design. The numerous architectural awards he received during his life are testament to his inventive capacity and the great advances he made in the design of foldable structures.
The Foundation was constituted in 1992 on the iniciative of his family and the Town Hall officially opened a permanent exhibition, containing a great part of his professional legacy, in the seat of the Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
The Museum Foundation of Emilio Pérez Piñero consists of three show rooms.
Central Room: Exhibits various photographs of Pérez Piñero, as well as different tools of his trade and the awards he won including the Augusto Parret prize.
In the same space visitors will find the rough cut of the dome for bull rings which was his idea and the rough cut of an easy to erect tent.
Siderooms: The first of these siderooms is the Félix Candela, in honour of this architect and friend of Pérez Piñero. Here are exhibited moving miniatures and original plans of another of his inventions: the dome of travelling theatres.
Finally, in the second sideroom dedicated to Cinerama, is the new great dome, this time dismantled into pieces, and with the aim of projecting the cinema in its interior. Also in this space we find the furniture that Pérez Piñero himself invented for three shows. They include foldable seating for ten people which fold away into a small space. The original plans for the chairs are also exhibited here.
Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 2pm.
CI Merry de Vall, s/n
Tfno: 968 720 728