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Museums timetable

ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM “THE ENCOMIENDA”

The museum preserves and exhibits cultural medieval remains discovered in the municipal area of Calasparra and its surroundings, from the  Paleolithic  to the Arab culture of the XIII century.
The museum 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.

Pza. de la Constitución, in the  Encomienda building, 30420
Tel: 968 745 135/Fax: 968 745 325
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Web: www.turismocalasparra.es
Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 10.30ªm to 1.30pm.

RICE MUSEUM

Calasparra pays homage with the Rice Museum. The museum consists of various exhibition rooms where, with the help of information panels, audio visuals and educational games for children, the visitor can enter the world of Calasparra rice and its history.
There is also a photographic exhibition;  a small library with documents and writings related to Calasparra rice; and an exhibition of materials and tools used in its cultivation.

C/ Mayor, 14, 30420
Tel: 968 745 325/Fax: 968 745 325
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Web: www.turismocalasparra.es
Monday to Sunday: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Closed Friday

EMILIO PÉREZ PIÑERO FOUNDATION

This collection is completely dedicated to the engineering and architectral work, above all plans, designs, rough cuts and photographs, of the brilliant local architect, Emilio Pérez Piñero, and has 125 exhibits.

C/ Merry del Val, s/n. Edificio El Molinico, 30420
Tel: 968 720 728/Fax: 968 720 728
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Web: http://www.calasparra.org
Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm

POZO SHELTERS OR THE FOOL´S CAVE

Located in the Sierra del Molino, this site is formed of two shelters with interior walls featuring cave drawings in schematic or simple style. The site is bordered by a tall, perpendicular drop to the river and a gentle meandor along the banks of the river Segura.
All of the drawings, of a deep red colour, form part of so called Schematic art and constitute one of most relevant testimonies in the region, not only because there are so many but also for the variety of pictographs represented. They have been dated back to the Eneolítico or Copper Age through to the Bronze Age. The drawings replicate the thorax and inferior limbs; men with open arms; hoes; pets; stick men (schematic human figures);vertical lines joined to horizontal lines  and points. At the foot of the drawings archeological excavations have documented human presence in the shelter dating back for at least 10,000 years.
The site which forms part of the Cave Drawings of the Mediterrenean Arc of the Iberian Peninsular, has been declared as part of the “Patrimony of Humanity” by UNESCO.

Visitors need to apply to the Tourist Office and make an advance booking which is free of charge.
Tel: 968 745 325
Fax: 968 723 000
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RUINS OF VILLA-VIEJA

Most of the artifacts discovered on this Hispanic – Arab archeological site pinpoint major activity during the 12th and 13th centuries. The excavations uncovered ruins, including various houses and fortifications, as well as ceramic materials currently on exhibition in the Encomienda Archeological Museum. The on-site Information Centre at Villa Vieja has a detailed reproduction of one of the houses with its ceramic trosseau and other utensils used by the population.

Visitors need to apply to the Tourist Office and make an advance booking which is free of charge.
Tel: 968745135
Fax: 968723000
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