Art and culture 

Badajoz Carnival Museum

The carnival is possibly the most important festival of the year in Badajoz

Location and Contact:

La Poterna Building in the Baluarte de Santiago (Bulwark of Santiago). Plaza de la Libertad, s/n. Badajoz
06001 Badajoz , Badajoz (Extremadura)
Opening times

Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-2.30pm and 5-7pm.

Saturday, 9am-2pm.

Sunday and public holiday, 10am-2pm.

Closed on Mondays and January 1, January 6, May 22, June 24 and December 25.


Free admission.

  • The carnival is possibly the most important festival of the year in Badajoz

    In Badajoz Carnival is celebrated in all its splendour and has been declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest. It is the most popular festivity in Badajoz. If you find yourself in the city, the Badajoz Carnival Museum is not to be missed. It is situated in La Poterna building.

    This is where you can really get to understand what the carnival means to the people of Badajoz. You'll be able to enjoy a display of the elaborate costumes which the troupes prepare each year to take part in the parade, a selection of the lyrics and music of the bands of street musicians, etc. Furthermore, as the carnival museum is both living and dynamic, it is very likely that if you make a return visit you will find new exhibits which you haven't seen before.

    At the same time, you'll see the evolution of this festival from its pagan origins with its Saturnian calls to the costumes of the city's most recent carnival. In one of the rooms you'll find a recreation of a disguise costume workshop.

  • Origin:
  • 17th century
  • Construction:
  • Military building
  • Fort
  • Walls
  • Period in history:
  • 20th century
  • Name:
  • Identity museum
  • Local museum
  • Accessibility:

    • Disabled access
    • Admits guide dogs
    • Adapted car hire
    • Access ramps
    • Toilet with disabled access
    • Toilet for disabled people in common areas
    • Toilet with support rails


    • Application for Mobile Devices
    • Facilities for Disabled
    • Guided Tours


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