El Costurero. Museum of Merida

Calle Almendralejo, s/n

This unique building of the city has had different uses throughout its long history as a Psychiatric Hospital or courts of the Ministry of Justice. At present, it has been renovated and adapted to house different collections donated to the city of Mérida, as well as a space for cultural and patrimonial diffusion.

The museum has two permanent collections:

Juan de Ávalos Collection: On the ground floor of the building, the most representative work by the sculptor Juan de Ávalos, donated to the city by the author, is installed: originals in bronze and wood, sketches and drawings of different themes, monumental and ornamental work, portraits and religious sculptures. This space forms a vision of the long artistic career of this favorite son of Mérida.

Ramón Carreto Collection: This painter and natural collector of Badajoz and settled in La Nava de Santiago has gathered throughout his life collections of diverse themes: ethnographic, toys and dolls from different European and American factories, dated from the end of the century XIX until the twentieth century. Its collections occupy the First Floor of the building.

In addition, the museum has temporary exhibition rooms, a conference room and a central patio suitable for various activities.


This unique building of the city has had different uses throughout its long history as a Psychiatric Hospital or courts of the Ministry of Justice. At present, it has been renovated and adapted to house different collections donated to the city of Mérida, as well as a space for cultural and patrimonial diffusion.

The museum has two permanent collections:

Juan de Ávalos Collection: On the ground floor of the building, the most representative work by the sculptor Juan de Ávalos, donated to the city by the author, is installed: originals in bronze and wood, sketches and drawings of different themes, monumental and ornamental work, portraits and religious sculptures. This space forms a vision of the long artistic career of this favorite son of Mérida.

Ramón Carreto Collection: This painter and natural collector of Badajoz and settled in La Nava de Santiago has gathered throughout his life collections of diverse themes: ethnographic, toys and dolls from different European and American factories, dated from the end of the century XIX until the twentieth century. Its collections occupy the First Floor of the building.

In addition, the museum has temporary exhibition rooms, a conference room and a central patio suitable for various activities.

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