The Cortijo Miraflores Cultural Centre occupies a landmark building in the city, which dates back to 1704. Conceived as a farm, in its beginnings it had a sugar mill and an olive oil press driven by animal traction.
During the first half of the nineteenth century the location was already known as Cortijo Miraflores, the mill however ceasing sugar production when machinery for olive oil production was introduced during the second half of that century. Restoration carried out in 2001 gives it its present appearance and permits the various activities giving it its character as a cultural centre.
It houses the City Archives Historical Fund, documenting the city’s heritage. Documentation generated and retained by the municipality covers the nearly five centuries between 1504 and 1975.
The Exhibition Halls and Conference Centre allow versatile use of space with literary events and visual arts occupying a central position.
Olive Oil Museum
The building has a complete press containing an olive oil mill operated by hydraulics. All engineering was done by way of iron casting during the second half of the nineteenth century, and a remarkable witness to the level of development and social importance of this industry in the province.
Also conserved in this space are several objects related to the workings of the mill.
The machines have been completely restored to detail.
Also, the rest of the fittings and the space itself have been carefully salvaged for display along with several teaching tools (photographs, text panels, etc.).
This exhibition contains an overview of the prehistory and history of Marbella from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Modern Age.
The exhibits follow a sequential vision, bringing together elements of Roman underwater archaeology.
This is complemented by several pieces found in its surroundings, namely: Roman amphora, Phoenician and Roman prisoner pens, counterweight and cannonball of more modern vintage.
The exhibition is further complemented by text panels and models representing three major dig sites of the Roman and late Roman periods: The Villa Romana de Rio Verde, Guadalmina Baths and early Christian basilica of Vega del Mar.
Horario / Timetable:
Invierno/Winter: 09:00 - 20:30 hrs
Verano/Summer: de lunes a viernes / Monday to Friday 09.00 - 20.45 hrs. Weekends and holidays closed.
Entrada Gratuita/ Free Entrance