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The Bandit Museum puts its collection on sale because of huge drop in visitors

Jesús Almazán inside the now-empty museum.
Jesús Almazán inside the now-empty museum. / V. Melgar
  • Ronda's Museo del Bandolero has suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

The owner of the Museo del Bandolero (Bandit Museum) in Ronda has decided to put the entire collection on sale after the huge drop in visitors experienced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Operating the museum, which opened its doors 25 years ago, has become unfeasible, says Jesús Almazán. "I retired two years ago, I have to pay a very high rent [for the premises in the historic centre] and my economic situation doesn't allow me to throw between 4,000 and 5,000 euros every month at a business."

Despite reaching an average of 35,000 visitors over several years, Almazán insists that the museum only made enough money to stay open and any profits went on purchasing new items. He says he hopes the collection can "stay alive" even if it is somewhere else.