Archaeological Museum of Banyoles is housed in a Gothic palace, the centre features palaeontology and archaeology collections from different sites in the area. Archaeological Museum is distributed between two buildings. Most defining, the Archaeological and Paleontological Collection -the remains of mammals from the Tertiary and beginning of the Quaternary Periods (from 3 to 1 million years old) are to be pointed out-, also located in Pia Almoina. The most characteristic piece, and the most important one as well, is the famous Ante-Neanderthal Jaw of Banyoles, unique in the Peninsula, about 80,000 years old.
Such a fossil was found in 1887 by the chemist of Banyoles Pere Alsius i Torrent, pioneer of the study of Prehistory in Catalonia. Apart from the copy of the Jaw, the Archaeological Museum of Banyoles allows a deep and visual walk through the history of the town, from its most remote origins to the present times. Numerous archaeological materials, from the prehistoric caves in Serinyà and other regions in the area can be admired as witnesses of human presence during the Paleolithic, the Neolithic and the Iron Age. The Iberian and Visigothic remains come from Mas Castell in Porqueres and from the Roman villa of Vilauba (Camós). The rest of the Collection is formed of remains from Romanesque materials from the monastery of Sant Esteve, as well as pottery and imagery of the modern centuries.
Times of opening: Winter times: 1/9 to 30/6 From Tuesday to Saturday: From 10.30 to 13.30 and from 16.00 to 18.30 Sundays: From 10.30 to 14.00 Summer times: 1/7 to 31/8 From Tuesday to Saturday: From 11.00 to 13.30 and from 16.00 to 20.00 Sundays: From 10.30 to 14.00.
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