Museo Lara

Museo Lara information

Location
Ronda , Spain
Address
Calle de Armiñán 29
More information
www.museolara.org
Prices
adult/child €4/2
Opening hours
11am-8pm
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There is something very compelling about private museums, although you may not actually want anyone like Juan Antonio Lara Jurado and his Museo Lara in your immediate family – unless you have a similar-sized family mansion, that is.

Lara Jurado has been a collector since the age of 10. Now in his 70s, he still lives above the museum, but his living space is set to shrink as he wants to expand still further. You name it, it is here: priceless, historic collections of clocks, weapons, radios, gramophones, sewing machines, telephones, opera glasses, Spanish fans, scales, cameras and far, far more.

There is an impressive archaeological section, plus a suitably grisly exhibit on the Inquisition with various torture apparatus, including head crushers and stocks. Then there is the witchcraft room, which kids, in particular, will love. Think pickled toads and the like.

Visiting this museum is a humbling experience for anyone who enjoys collecting, because Juan Antonio seems to have collected just about everything possible – except stamps, that is.