This museum is installed in the Old Hospital of San Julián, built in the late 17th century, whose church contains an important collection of paintings. It is conceived as series of seven themed rooms that offer visitors an interesting insight into the history, heritage and evolution of Málaga Holy Week, highlighting its importance for the city itself and its international projection.
The Museum of the Holy Week in Málaga was inaugurated on March 4, 2010. Conceived as an educational initiative, it has 150 exhibits. The visitor passes through six different thematic sections:
- Church of St. Julian: in this section we discover the history of the building as well as the history of other buildings used for Christian charity.
- History of the Brotherhoods: this takes us on a tour through the history of the Málaga Brotherhoods by dividing them into two periods: the first ranging from the 15th century until 1921 and the second from that date until today.
- The processional image: discover interesting aspects related to the processional images. The carver is the most important figure in the creation of processional images.
- The official image of the Holy Week in Málaga: a poster exhibition of Holy Week, the element that announces this important celebration each year.
- The image trousseau: dedicated to embroidery and goldsmith work. Here we can admire a display of the delicate and valuable pieces that clothe and adorn the images that are carried in procession through Málaga at Easter.
- The procession: in this room we can see how a procession is structured and learn each part's name and function.
Built during the late 17th century. The museum is in the old Renaissance-style St. Julian hospital. It was built in 1699 by the Brotherhood of the Santa Caridad de Cristo (Holy Charity of Christ). The building is of 1,092 square metres, of which 600 are occupied by the permanent exhibition.
All facilities are around the central courtyard, whose major feature is a beautiful fountain with a cross made of trunks, the symbol of the brotherhood who designed the hospital.
The church of San Julian is also part of the ensemble; this church owns the largest collection of Baroque paintings in Málaga, with works by artists such as Juan Niño de Guevara.