The Museum of Alcalá receives the Industrial Tourism Award of the Province of Seville in its ninth edition.

The Museum of Alcalá de Guadaíra, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary, has been distinguished with the Industrial Tourism Award of the Province of Seville in the Industrial Heritage category, granted by the Provincial Council of Seville. The award recognizes the strategy of the City Council of Alcalá to convert a former industrial building into a first class cultural element that has contributed in a key way, since its creation in 2005, to the social and cultural revitalization of the town.

The jury of this award, composed of representatives of Prodetur, the University of Seville, the Confederation of Employers of Seville (CES) and the Industrial Heritage Foundation of Andalusia (FUPIA) has considered that the Museum of Alcalá de Guadaíra, opened to the public in 2005, is “good evidence” of the local development strategy to recover and give cultural use to all architectural remains in the municipality of the industrial activities of the past.

In the case of the municipal museum, it has been installed on the remains of an old refinery that could have housed in its subway tanks up to a million kilos of oil and that employed hundreds of people from Alcalá de Henares and Alcalá de Henares for years.

Its transformation respected the architectural values of this building to convert it into the Museum of Alcalá. Since then it has become one of the great promoters of culture in the city and a benchmark in Andalusia in cultural management. The Museum has maintained for years a dual function with permanent content that allowed a journey through the history of Alcalá with temporary exhibitions. Currently the Museum has a fixed exhibition on the ground floor with the key authors of the Sevillian Landscape School who were inspired by Alcalá to create their works, while the upper part of the building holds temporary exhibitions with great weight for those with landscape as a theme.

In addition, as a cultural container, the Museum permanently hosts book presentations, many of them presented by the institution itself, concerts, conferences, meetings with painters, such as the recent one with Antonio López, and educational activities for schoolchildren and students.