There are a huge variety of cultural hubs based in Gibraltar that are worth visiting when heading there on holiday. One of those top destinations is the amazing Gibraltar Museum that offers travellers the chance to learn about the incredible history of this British territory. The museum was created to help tourists to understand the complicated history of what happened in this part of the world, which is found geographically right next door to Spain. The influence of both Spain and Britain on Gibraltar is also explored at this superb venue.
The simple idea to open a museum can be traced back to the 1830s then the Gibraltar Scientific Society wanted to record the captivating history of the territory. This group of people really wanted the venue to open so changed their name to the Museum Society. In this period the museum did not run in permanent premises, but instead worked in rented places where the collections were housed. The museum survived in this way until the 1850s until it was absorbed into the Garrison’s Library. This resulted in the collections going into the home of soldiers and for the next 35 years Gibraltar did not really have a museum.
The museum today
The popular venue that is based there today was founded in 1930 and it is all thanks to the Governor of Gibraltar at the time, General Sir Alexander Godley. The magnificent building where the museum is now located on Bomb House Lane provides an array of knowledge about the history of this fascinating territory. The top museum is an incredible venue that provides travellers with the chance to learn about the interesting heritage of somewhere that has been fought over through history, and has successfully survived to tell the tale.
What to find there
The museum has many displays worth checking out including the history of the famous Rock of Gibraltar and discusses its symbolic value. The museum also uniquely has the remains of a 14th century Moorish bath house, and there is a cinema that offers a film that shares the history of the region. There is a marine biodiversity room that is dedicated to the many water species found around Gibraltar’s coastline. There is also a room that has displays about the Great Siege that was an unsuccessful attempt to capture the area from the British. There are plenty of details about the siege that lasted a lengthy three years and seven months.
Where to stay
There are a huge amount of hotels near Gibraltar that are worth visiting when heading there for a holiday. Located in an excellent destination is The Caleta Hotel Gibraltar that is found next to Catalan Bay on the east side of the famous Rock of Gibraltar. This amazing four-star residence has friendly staff members who will look after a guest’s every need during the trip. There are panoramic views of the rock and the coastlines of Spain and Morocco from the hotel rooms. Nunos Restaurant offers delicious Italian cuisine and tourists can choose from twin, double and family size rooms. Modern room amenities include an interactive television, telephone and free Wi-Fi internet to check emails or the news.