What to see in Alicante
The Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante, also known by its acronym MARQ, is an important centre for scientific dissemination whose new headquarters was inaugurated in the year 2000.
The origin of this important museum dates from the year 1932, when the government of the President of the Republic Niceto Alcalá Zamora inaugurated its spaces in the Council Palace that later, in the year 2000, was transferred to the current headquarters in Doctor Gómez Ulla Square from the Pla del Bon Repós neighbourhood, a place with a much larger and better-structured exhibition area.
The MARQ has several rooms dedicated to prehistory, Iberian culture, Roman culture, the Middle Ages and modern and contemporary culture, as well as an area specially set aside for traveling exhibitions. Its splendid physical area contains a spectacular collection of more than 80,000 pieces showing the enormous historical wealth of the Costa Blanca and the significant legacy left by successive Mediterranean civilizations.
It should be noted that the MARQ, in itself, is a great attraction because its modern and elegant architecture is ideal for computer and digital audiovisual media didactically designed so that the disclosures are interactive and interesting for the general public and students in particular.
As an important note: In 2004, the MARQ received the European Museum of the Year Award from the European Forum of Museums in recognition of its enormous advances and innovations. It was only the fourth Spanish museum to receive this important accreditation.