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15 April 2010

Museo del Agua de Lanjarón

The Museo del Agua de Lanjarón opened for the public on the 29th of March 2010. The official inauguration had taken place on the 13th of February. For various reasons the opening was delayed several times, but now its doors are open every day, except on Mondays. The Water Museum is a small scaled display of the relationship of Lanjarón with water. There are three rooms, in the first one an audivisual show explains the water´s cycles. The second room is an audivisual space that explains the aspects of water related with the agriculture, health, and industry. The third room is dedicated to the historic aspects related with the water of Lanjarón.
One of the attractive aspects of the museum is combining parts of the old building with modern arquitectural concepts. Formerly the buildings had functioned as a flour mill and as a distillery. In the seventies it became the municipal slaughterhouse. Juan Domingo Santos, an arquitect from Granada, has been responsible for converting the old buildings into a museum and for the design of the outdoor spaces. A nine metres high wooden construction immediately catches the eye on entering the premises. In former years some natural springs were protected by wooden pavilions that people could enter, and this is the idea that the arquitect has emphasized. Instead of a spring, it encloses a kind of pond, and it is the sound of water that you hear all around you when visiting the Museo del Agua.
The small exposition is quite appropriatly situated next to the Río Lanjarón. At the other side of the river a path goes up into the mountains as an invitation to experience aspects of water in its natural surroundings. At this moment there will still be snow on the Cerro del Caballo (3,0005 m), the highest peak of Lanjarón.

Museo del Agua
Señor de la expiración, 95 Lanjarón. 958 770977
Winter opening hours 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00 closed on Mondays
Summer opening hours 10:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 closed on Mondays
Entrance 3 euros

Related articles:
- Museums and private collections in the Alpujarras
Related links:
- Museo del Agua on the website of the town hall of Lanjarón
- Article on the arquitecture of the Museo del Agua on the website
- Photo album of Museo del Agua of Antonio Luis on
- Walking route up to the Cerro del Caballo

related key words: wasser museum, musee de l´eau

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