The Museum was founded with works from convents which were privatized by the liberal Mendizábal government, but owns a varied and high quality collection nowadays. After the Prado in Madrid, it is the second most important gallery in Spain.
The museum is located on the square of the same name on the premises of the former Merced Descalza convent. The vaults of its halls alone are worth a visit, but they host some of the most beautiful and famous works of Valdés Leal, Murillo, Zubarán and Velázquez. We recommend starting the tour with paintings from the School of Seville and move on to other schools. The museum halls are designed for a chronological visit. Apart from painting, visitors can marvel at cloisters and patios where silence reigns and ponds, fountains, fish and sea anemones create a relaxing atmosphere.