One trip EVERY month: Glass and Crystal Museum, Málaga

You might have noticed I’ve not been around much for the past couple of weeks.  That’s because I’ve been back in the UK visiting family and friends, as well as a six-day trip to Iceland to cross off a “Bucket List” item ….. to see the Northern Lights.  

I’m back home in Spain now and I’ll get to see your new blog entries and respond to your kind comments over the next few days.

In keeping with the theme of this blog, and to satisfy my One Trip EVERY Month Challenge, I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Museum of Glass and Crystal in Málaga.  I’ve noticed for some time on Trip Advisor that this is Number One rated attraction in the city, so it was time to pay a visit.

Tapas of tuna and prawns in Malaga

We had spent the earlier part of the day at the wonderful Atarazanas food market, enjoying delicious tapas of fresh tuna and prawns at Marisqueria El Yerno, so it was a relatively short stroll towards Plazuela Santisimo Cristo de la Sangre to find the Glass and Crystal museum.

I have to admit that it could have been a bit easier to find, but eventually we arrived after a couple of wrong turns.

Glass and Crystal museum, Malaga

The Museum of Glass and Crystal is privately owned and housed in a beautifully restored 18th century building complete with inner courtyards, and displays a collection of more than 3,000 pieces of mostly European crystal and glass, as well as antique furniture and works of art.

There are a number of stained glass windows from British churches, including a particularly magnificent one by William Morris.

William Morris stained glass window

What was particularly enchanting about our visit to this museum was the fact that it is housed within a family home, and we were fortunate to be given a private guided tour by one of the owners, Professor Ian Phillips, whose knowledge and enthusiasm of this unique collection shone through.

My only regret was that we had limited time available for our tour as we had to get back to our parked car, some distance away, before the meter ran out.  I look forward to returning to enjoy a more leisurely tour – perhaps when our next visitors are here in the summer.


Collección del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga
Address: Plazuela Santísimo Cristo de la Sangre 2, Málaga  (in front of the main door of the Church of San Felipe Neri)
Telephone: (+34) 95 222 02 71
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday  11am – 7pm.  Closed on Mondays, Christmas and New Year’s Days and for the whole of the month of August.
General admission: 5 euros (reduced for certain groups)

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This post is my contribution to the One Trip EVERY Month Challenge.

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  • Each month, visit somewhere and then write about your trip or describe it using photographs – whichever suits you best.
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56 thoughts on “One trip EVERY month: Glass and Crystal Museum, Málaga

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    • Allow yourself a couple of hours – we only had one hour inside the museum and felt we could have spent longer. Of course, it wasn’t the guide’s fault – it was our parking meter to blame!

  3. I’m not much of a museum goer but I’d have to visit that glass and crystal museum if I was nearby… love glass and crystal ware but the stained glass is amazing 🙂

    • I love stained glass windows, too – particularly very colourful ones.

      The techniques used in designing some of the glassware was fascinating, involving three different layers of coloured glass each peeled back to reveal a different layer underneath. Very clever indeed 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to returning sometime in the future as I felt we had to rush because of limited time. It will be lovely to spend more time at the museum 🙂

      Mmmm …. those tapas were particularly good, I must admit, Darlene 😉

  4. Well, flipping heck, I must have been out when you called on me on your way to Lancashire and I’d have had the kettle on too- or should that be a bottle of wine? North Wales isn’t much out of your way. I’m sure Iceland must have been fantastic but I confess I’d give that up to see a William Morris window like that one any day., even the Whitefriars vases by Geoffrey Baxter,
    xxx Sending Massive Hugs xxx

    • A cup of tea would have been wonderful, David. English tea bags are one of the things I just have to have here – anything else is just not good enough!

      Before I emigrated to Spain, I used to live in Lytham St Annes on the Lancashire coast. We could see North Wales from there on a clear day! 🙂

      Iceland WAS fantastic, David – a very unusual six days – but I’m glad to be back into the warmth of southern Spain once again.

    • Thanks Trish.

      No, likely not – I’m trying to keep this blog about Spain – but I might be able to slip an odd one into a CBBH Photo Challeng, sometime 🙂

  5. I did a Glass Factory piece on Sunderland a few weeks ago, Marianne. Not quite William Morris (gorgeous isn’t it?) standards, but a lot of fun. Northern Lights? That’ll be good reading! And you’re just in time to set up ‘White Rabbit’ 🙂

    • Glass and it’s history really is very interesting, that’s for sure 🙂

      Yes, we managed to see the Northern Lights – though they weren’t as bright as on the famous Joanna Lumley programme!

  6. The museum looks lovely. We don’t visit Málaga often enough – it’s a beautiful city and there’s so much to see. You have inspired me to go more regularly. Thanks.

    • You know, Maggie, Málaga has really come on as a city during the nine years that we have lived here. It’s a wonderfully vibrant city – I LOVE visiting 🙂

      • Marianne, do you happen to know of any visits locally that would be good for my three year old grandson who is arriving on Monday. My daughter is already worrying about how to entertain him during our predicted miserable weather next week.

        • Mmmmm …. I’m not very well informed on activities for 3 year olds, Maggie, but you could try the donkey sanctuary in Nerja, the municipal swimming pool in Competa ….or even try to find a friendly goat farm to have a look at the baby goats. A bit further away are Tivoli World or the Dolphinarium in Benalmadena or the Lobo Park to see the wolves (near Antequera).

        • You’re welcome 🙂

          There must be some toddler groups around Cómpeta that maybe could be used for a week or two – maybe if you ask at the ambulatorio or the town hall…..?

    • …and there were some examples in the museum that were made 2500 years ago – so yes, fascinating indeed!

      Thanks for your kind comment – much appreciated.

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