Many dynasties have left their mark on Ibiza. The displays across this museum capture the essence of Roman, Moorish and Punic rules.
Housed within a preserved medieval chapel and other buildings, the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza traces the history of the island and its smaller counterpart of Formentera. Its exhibits explore 3,000 years of the islands’ past, incorporating prehistoric people and the dynasties that came and went. Learn about the formation of Ibiza through the artwork, tools and legacies of these bygone rulers.
Admire the preserved state of the museum building, which served from the 14th to the 19th century as a meeting place for the island’s government. Note that it was initially built as a chapel. The museum stands beside one of the best viewpoints in the historic center. Enjoy the attractive vista with the city’s white buildings crowned by distant greenish mountains.
Enter the site and start to wander through the exhibits. Six sections cover different themes: Prehistory, Phoenician Colonization, Punic Times, Moorish Medieval Times, High Roman Empire Times and Low Roman Empire Times, and Late Antiquity.
Pass through the small shafts and passageways of the former chapel, as you inspect the cannons, skeletons and sculptures of headless figures. Study the ancient glass bottles of various colors and get a closer look at examples and shards of pottery. The display on the Muslim rule in Ibiza contains an array of tombstones from the era. Climb to the second floor for an exquisite view of the Old Town.
There is a fee to enter the site. Seniors have free access. The museum has restroom facilities. Opening times vary. The site has been known to close temporarily, so it is best to check availability with the tourism office to plan your visit.
The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza is based in historic structures in the Old Town district of Ibiza. Ascend the winding roads to Cathedral Square to reach the museum. While here, check out neighboring gems such as the bishopric Obispado de Ibiza, the Ibiza Castle and the Casa de la Cúria.