Mining Interpretation Centre (Malacate Museum)
In this interesting ethnological-museum you can find murals and miniatures representing Timar’s traditional Mercury mining, from the cinnabar mineral extraction going through the process of reaching their production from factories. This museum provides information regarding the importance of mercury on this region, as well as its usage. Also you can see a sample of how mercury remained after its extraction.
Some very important technological elements of the region are exposed too, such as artisanal looms, popular songs, silkworm breeding, kitchen utensils or tillage tools. Also of great interest is the document preserved on the distribution of the lands and houses of that time made by the Catholic Kings, this document can be perfectly well read in a digitalised version of the original book created for this purpose.
The mining museum “El Malacate” is located in Tímar, near to the plaza where the Church is; in Lobras (Granada). It opened on February 27th, 2011 as a Centre of Interpretation of the Mercury Mines in Tímar. Thanks to the proposal and support of Mrs. Ana Rodríguez Gualda, Mayor of Lobras and Tímar which also had the support of the Ethnological and Cultural Group “Acequia de los Castaños” and Mr Jaime Ribot’s ambitious project.
Single ticket: 2 euros
Over 65 or retired: free entry
Groups over 10 people: 1.50 euros each person
Visits to the museum are performed by previous appointment to one of the following phone numbers:
Phone: (+34) 958 768 107 (Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm).
Cell Phone: 679 038 079 or 618411688 (Other days and times).