Discover the world of bulls through stunning costumes, beautiful capes, photographs that have immortalized the fleeting moments in the ring, sculptures related to bullfighting and bullfighting posters where famous bullfighters fought brave bulls.
The museum collection covers six centuries of bullfighting history. This important collection was recently increased with the addition of the "Juan Barco" collection of 1,400 pieces. The Bullfighting Museum has become an international reference point in the world of bullfighting.
The permanent exhibition includes the montera hat and procession capes of Juan Belmonte; the centenary of Belmonte's alternativa –or introductory ceremony as professional bullfighter– was held 2013. One can also see costumes and objects belonging to Manolete, Antonio Ordóñez, José Tomás and Curro Romero; the latter's clothes show the horn injury he received while wearing them.
It features works by artists including Goya, Picasso, Antonio Carnicero, Juan de la Cruz, Lake Price, Jose Cubero Gabardón, or Mariano Benlliure and Barjola. One of the latest additions to the historical collection is a life-size portrait of "El Juli" by painter Aurelio Rodriguez.
Within the poster collection, those announcing bullfights under Charles III and Isabel II are worthy of mention. In the museum you can see the head of the bull that Javier Conde fought at his alternativa, the surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Isidro Garcia Recio (1924-1937), photographs, busts, fans and other valuable items.
Located in the La Malagueta bullring since 1999, the museum has three rooms and an area of 225 square metres. It was designed and built in the late 19th century, although it was the seventh bullring to be built in the city. It was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1976.
- Paseo de Reding, 8. Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta