MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum

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It's no wonder that the Museo Arqueológico is many Alicante visitors' favorite museum. Upon entering, visitors will be transported through history with presentations and interactive exhibits about everything from prehistoric archaeology to the Middle Ages. The galleries are designed to each represent different  themes, including field, urban and underwater archaeology. The museum also contains artifacts that date from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times, including the remains of a sunken Roman ship. In 2004, MARQ won the esteemed European Museum of the Year Award by the Council of Europe. 

This museum is also an educational center and event space offering high-tech features and beautiful spaces. There are consistently changing exhibitions and even programs for kids to help them learn about Alicante's natural history and archaeology in a more exciting, simplified way.

Standard tickets cost 3 euros (around $3.50), and you can purchase them online or in person. If you want to extend your experience and visit the nearby ruins of Lucentum and Illeta or the Almudaina Tower with a guided tour, you will have to purchase those tickets separately. There are reduced prices for students and seniors. You can visit this museum Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further information, visit the official website.

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