In the center of Valencia you can find this museum, which has a collection of some 95,000 hand-painted lead figures organized by era.
In many cities there great museums that attract the attention of thousands of visitors, great institutions that allow you to see jewels of universal art and that are well known by all. But there is also small museums that surprise with their originality and although they do not gather as many people in their rooms, they are very interesting. One of these interesting museums is L’Iber, the Museum of Tin Soldiers in Valencia.
The former residence of Marquis of Malferitnext to Palace of the Generalitat Valencianahosts an impressive hand-painted lead figures collection. Dozens of fans have donated their private collections to create a collection that recreates historical moments through these lead figures, distributed in 15 rooms.
95,000 hand-painted figures
It is difficult to quantify the amount of figures of lead, resin and wood that are in L’Iber, but it is considered that they can add up to 95,000 units. They are not all the same, since there are figures of different sizes. The presence of historical images It is the most common, especially regarding military uniforms and war events.
The rooms are divided by themes. The first one recreates very curious scenes from comics and film sagas. You can admiren diorama of the village of Asterix, the village of Lucky Luke, figures from Marvel and science fiction movies and a costumbrista scene that recreates 19th century London.
One room shows Spanish military uniforms of the 19th and 20th centuries and you can also see figures that recreate the armor and war elements of the Middle Ages and other historical periods of Europe. The classical world, the Roman era, Egypt and even Imperial China are also present in the showcases and dioramas of L’Iber.
A room dedicated to the history of the Civil Guard shows all the uniforms that the police force has worn and reviews its history. Special mention deserves the great dioramas that recreate great historical battles, with dozens (and even hundreds) of lead figures representing these military actions. The Napoleonic campaigns, World War I and II battles and many more recreations that manage to surprise the visitor.
After visiting the museum you can access the shop where you can buy historical-themed books and lead figures, also hand painted. The Libertas Foundation 7 is in charge of managing the museum as well as the bookstore and souvenir shop, the Library L’Iber and the Center for Classical and Oriental Studies. In addition, the L’Iber Museum hosts various cultural events throughout the year, such as book presentations.
Entry costs 8 euros and the visit time can be extended to just over an hour, if you want to fully enjoy everything that this interesting museum has to offer. At the moment, it is only open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is the location of L’Iber, Museum of lead figures.
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