Museo del Vidrio y Cristal. (Glass Museum)
The extraordinary paintings of the facade of this 18th-century building, and its internal structure tell us just how unique the museum is. We can admire some 3,000 pieces of glass, along with a significant representation of paintings, furniture and decorative objects belonging to different historical periods, creating a magical atmosphere in the domestic context in which their first owners lived.
Of the whole of this private collection, about 1,000 pieces are on display, the rest being constantly rotated; they are displayed alongside exquisite decoration and furnishings.
Beginning with "Ancient Civilizations", we can see ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Byzantine, medieval pieces or even Iranian pieces from the 11th and 12th centuries.
Catalan, Venetian and Bohemian glass along with portraits signed by Adrian Hanneman and John Riley are in the "16th and 17th Century Room".
Accompanied by paintings by Mercier, Vanderbank or Wright of Derby the "18th Century Room" contains glass made in "La Granja" during the reign of Carlos III and Carlos IV.
The "19th Century Room" welcomes us with the painting "Portrait of a Lady" and highlights its collection of glass cameos.The visit is completed by the "20th Century" with pieces of Gallé, Lalique, Whitefriars and other glassmakers of the mid-century pop school.
The museum is located in an 18th century mansion known as the old San Felipe Neri inn by the church of the same name, in the Málaga's artisan district.
This building is built around a courtyard of columns and galleries. It was renovated to ensure all the rooms had natural light.
It also has a small garden and beautiful tiled stairs leading to the first floor with Morisco arches and vaulted galleries.