Deià Archaeological Museum

 

The Archaeological Museum of Deià, located in an old 17th century mill, allows us to delve into the prehistory of the Balearic Islands. Founded in 1962 by the New York painter, sculptor and archaeologist William Waldren, it preserves archaeological remains from the most important excavation sites in the area. Among them, the bones of Myotragus Balearicus, a dwarf goat that inhabited the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Cabrera and Dragonera until its extinction 3,000 years ago.

During the tour of this museum, visitors learn about the life of this self-taught scientist and specialist in prehistory, who arrived in Mallorca in 1956, attracted by the island’s great archaeological potential. Also an artist and painter, his combined passion for contemporary art and archaeological excavations led him to set up the museum, which today houses pieces of incalculable value.

The museum’s creation was wholly the initiative of the American, who, with unstoppable drive and the enthusiastic help of a group of local artists and outsiders, got it up and going in the middle of the picturesque mountain village of Deià. The museum’s collection also includes pieces from Waldren’s break-throughs finds at the Son Ferrandell and Muleta excavations.

Waldren’s discoveries contributed to the understanding of the economic and social development in the settlement of the Balearic Islands. The museum remains open from April to October, and in other months by previous appointment only.

 

 

Opening times (from April to October)

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 17:00 pm to 19:00 pm.

Special visits and groups, call Tel. +34 971 63 90 01.