Multimedia Gallery

The Oliva branch of MuVIM, Museo Casa Mayans pays homage to a great Valencian Enlightenment thinker.
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Price

Free

Schedule

Winter timetable:
Monday: closed
From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00h to 13:30h and from 17:00h to 20:00h
Sunday: from 11:00h to 13:30h

Summer timetable:
Monday: closed
From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00h to 13:30h and from 16:00h to 19:30h
Sunday: from 11:00h to 13:30h

Casa Mayans was the home of Gregorio Mayans and his family for the nearly thirty years that he lived in Oliva, his hometown. In 1988, the property was converted into Casa de la Cultura, and later, in 1999, it was inaugurated as the Oliva branch of Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad (Valencian Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity) or MuVIM for short.

As soon as you step foot in the museum, you will see a video introducing Mayans and outlining his contribution to the Valencian Enlightenment. You can then take a look around the main bedroom, children’s bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and library that have been done up with original objects and reproductions to look as they would have when Mayans lived here. As you wander around, you will get a sense of what life was like in the 18th century.

Highlights of the many pieces in the collection include portraits of Gregorio Mayans and his brother Manuel, dating to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Housed in a beautifully preserved 18th century building, the museum gives you an excellent idea of domestic life at the time. Mayans was an intellectual who, from his retreat in Oliva, fought for the freedom of thought. Today this birthplace and museum pays homage to the great thinker. Make sure you put Casa Mayans on your to-visit list for Oliva.