Alameda Sundheim 13 - Huelva (Huelva)
The current Huelva museum is housed in a new building with a usable surface area of 3,000 m² over three storeys and a lower ground floor. The archaeological section covers an area of approximately 950 m², divided into a permanent exhibition room of approximately 300 m² and a rear section or depository which can be visited on occasion. Based on the rich history of the province, it features among its collections elements originating from the dolmen complexes of La Zarcita and El Pozuelo, the rich grave goods from the oriental necropolis of La Joya, the materials of Phoenician and Greek origin documented in the urban excavations in the capital, and the ceramic and metal objects which bear witness to the great sophistication achieved by the Tartessian culture through the mineral-metallurgical benefits of the Huelva mines, with such important deposits as those at Tejada la Vieja (Escacena del Campo) or Niebla.
Of particular interest is the collection of mining materials from the Roman period originating from Riotinto, with such singular pieces as the hydraulic wheel which is in the entrance hall of the museum. This bucket waterwheel, which served to empty the water from inside the mines, is evidence of the technological achievements attained during the Roman period. It also demonstrates the recovery and heritage dissemination work carried out by the Andalusian cultural institutions, with such evident examples as the recent restoration of this piece of hydraulic ingenuity, the only one completely preserved in Spain and one of the rare examples in existence in the world. Occupying an area of approximately 650 m², the fine arts section is distributed over four exhibition rooms and a reserve area, all situated on the first storey of the building. Following the inauguration of the museum, the collection grew with exhibits originating from the Seville museum of fine arts and the Spanish museum of contemporary art (MEAC), now the Reina Sofía arts centre national museum (MNCARS). Outstanding are two ensembles on almost permanent exhibition. VÁZQUEZ DÍAZ. The work of the Nerva painter Daniel Vázquez Díaz, an ensemble made up of an important deposit from the MEAC in 1973, was subsequently augmented by purchase by the cultural council of the government of Andalusia.