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Illustrious Malaga family's story is back on display in home town

The first visitors to the museum during the inauguration.
The first visitors to the museum during the inauguration. / SUR
  • Macharaviaya's Museo de los Gálvez reopened last week

The Gálvez museum (Museo de los Gálvez) in Macharaviaya opened its doors to the public once again on Saturday, 10 months later than planned, following an auguration ceremony which took place at the town's Jacinto church.

Mayor Antonio Campos Garín welcomed guests, who included mayors from surrounding towns. President of CAC Mijas, Javier Fructuoso Medina, who has played an integral part in curating the museum and 'Portraits of Women', the current exhibition by Pablo Picasso and Alfredo Opisso, also spoke.

Following a concert given by Concerto Málaga which included music from the era, guests were led to the museum by the Asociación de Granaderos y Damas de Macharaviaya, a cultural association which uses traditional costumes and reenactments to bring life to the Gálvez family story.

The museum, which first opened in 2005, pays tribute to the illustrious Gálvez family, who were politically influential both in Spain and the United States during the eighteenth century and who made Macharaviaya their home.

Bernardo de Gálvez, who was born in the village in 1746, was a Spanish politician and soldier who led the Battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence, blocking the British advance into Mississippi across the port of New Orleans.

The mayor of Macharaviaya said in his speech that renovation work carried out to the museum's interior includes new rooms and exhibition space, as well as improved accessibility and audiovisual equipment.

He added that one of the rooms is dedicated to María Ángeles Rubio Argüelles, Countess of Berlanga, and her husband, Edgar Neville, who lived in Macharaviaya and played key roles in the promotion of the village and its links with the Gálvez family.

A Playmobil representation of a play by the countess, 'Los Macharatungos in seven scenes,' is on display in the room along with artefacts belonging to her and a university thesis written by Rosa Palomo Tobias about the countess. The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to the people and artists of Macharaviaya, past and present.

The museum is in the centre of the small village and can be visited on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 2pm and from 11am until 1pm at weekends.