MILITARY MINIATURES MUSEUM
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Origins of the Museum

The origins of this Museum are rooted in the collection of lead figurines which were gathered from the sixties onwards by Carlos Royo-Villanova, a miniatures fan and history lover. The little lead soldiers and their accessories, all to the same scale, (1:87, or some 20 mm in height), were mostly produced by Valencia-based company Alymer, which sold the figurines under the Miniploms name. Armies from the world over were formed with excitement and lots of patience, with more than 35.000 pieces covering many periods of history. The collection was acquired by Jaca Council in 1984 and displayed in the Fuerte Rapitán.

In 2001, it was proposed that the collection be moved to the Castle of San Pedro, better known as the Citadel, with an agreement signed between Jaca Council (owner of the collection) and the Army (owner of the facilities), which created the new Military Miniatures Museum. The following year the Ministry of Defence autorizó al authorised that one of the fortified rooms of the Castle, a space of almost 700 square metres, could be used as a museum.

The month of August 2003 saw work commence on creating the new museum, with the start of a modern museographic and artistic project. The restoration, inventory and cleaning of all the pieces also began, as well as the creation of the backdrops and dioramas. Led by a professional team of technicians, a group of volunteers from Jaca efficiently worked together on the restoration of the figurines. The project was rounded off with the design and production of the technical aspects and complementary services.

The Exhibition Space

The result is a welcoming and modern space, in line with modern exhibition trends, where the public can enjoy strolling through each one of its rooms and discover the collection of over 32,000 lead figurines spread out over 23 historical scenes.

The most has been made of the collection to develop its educational character, with the various dioramas showing visitors from all backgrounds the history of the surrounding towns This ranges from the area’s armies to the technological development of mankind, all applied to the concept of the domination and defence of empires, kingdoms and states, and their constant objectives of territory, economy, religious ideals, expansionism… all of which have been the cause of so many armed conflicts since time began.

The tour of the museum is organised as a unique, winding pathway that chronologically twists its way through various dioramas. Visitors can view the recreation of international armies and battles, from Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece and the Roman Empire through to the period of the Crusades, the Crown of Aragón, the Spanish Legions and the Napoleonic era, without forgetting the great 20th century wars, modern mountain units and the Spanish army, now deployed on humanitarian missions.

 

The guided visit, is organised in small groups and lasts for 50 minutes during which the visitor travels through the museum guided by the lights and accompanied by explanations, music and other sound effects. During the visit, which can be enjoyed at leisure, you can discover a multitude of surprises and elements which are found in each of the models. Visitors are also given an information leafleft with detailed information on the Museum, and there is also the possibility to hire individual audioguides, which provide the visit's commentary in various different languages.

As an additional feature, four large-format panoramic screens have been installed, which show images of the current Armoured Division, the Peacekeeping Forces and the Aragón Mountain Hunter Brigade.

A room has also been set aside for educational activities, which can be used for conferences, film screenings, miniatures workshops, historical role-play games, model competitions, etc. It is also used to show a video explaining the creation of the Museum, describing the techniques used to create each of the dioramas and the painstaking work undertaken to achieve the realistic, deep and natural effects in each of the scenes.

Adress:

Avda. primer viernes de mayo s/n

22700 Jaca (Huesca)

España

info@museominiaturasjaca.es

phone:

974 357157

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