One of the greatest attractions on offer in Valldemossa are the museums. In this sector we provide a guide to Valldemossa´s museums so that you have all the necessary information before you begin your visit.
The most well-known is the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa. It was a palace built in 1309. In 1399 it passed into the hands of the Carthusian monks, and in 1835 following disentailment it passed into private ownership. The complex can be visited and it has a cloister —one of the oldest parts of the current buildings—, the old pharmacy of the Carthusians, a garden and the rooms of the Prior’s Cell —a chapel, library, a hearing room, bedroom… — which preserves the historic and artistic legacy of the Carthusians, thus showing how the monks lived. There is also an extremely important collection owned by the Ferrà Capllonch family about the musician Frederic Chopin and the writer George Sand. Chopin composed his Preludes Op. 28 here and Sand wrote Winter in Mallorca. The visit also includes access to the Municipal Museum, which houses a section dedicated to the old Guasp Printing Press, a collection owned by the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, and an art collection of artists from the Serra de Tramuntana and contemporary art, with paintings by Miró.
Cell 4 holds documents and mementos relating to the stay of the romantic couple during the winter of 1838-1839. Entry to cell 4 is available with a ticket sold separately.
Crossing the Plaza de la Cartuja and going past the Studio of the painter Coll Bardolet you will find the Palace of King Sancho, built in 1309 by King James II, the hunting residence of his son Sancho. The palace has maintained elements of the old Charterhouse, such as the access stairway, the cloister and the defence tower. The Palace´s music room holds daily Chopin piano concerts.
If you love painting, it is highly recommendable to visit the Josep Coll Bardolet Foundation, a pictorial art museum with works of the aforementioned Catalan artist who lived in Valldemossa for a large part of his life. His paintings are highly representative of Mallorcan culture and traditions.
One of the museums close to Valldemossa that we also recommend visiting is the one in Miramar. It was the main residence of the Archduke and was built in 1457. Around 1276, Ramon Llull founded an Arabic language school in this emblematic monastery in order to teach preachers with the aim of evangelising Saracens in Islamic lands. This is where Mallorca´s first printing press was set up, the Guasp printing press, mentioned previously, and it is possible to see old maps, images, and take in one of the best views of the north coast, with the rock of Sa Foradada just opposite.