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“Los Baños” Archaeological Museum was inaugurated on the 24th of May 2005 as an Archaeological Centre and was recognized as a Museum on the 10th of May 2008. Its creation had as principal objective to preserve and protect the archaeological remains of Alhama's Baths. Their recovery and valued enhancement has brought together important contributions to the study of hydrotherapy and its architecture in different periods of its history.

The thermal complex has been reconstructed through a series of excavation and restoration projects, that took place in the 1990’s and is related to the environment of San Lázaro Church and the Castle. These projects have created a collection of monuments that integrate a modern building, a garden with water as the main attraction and the remains of the baths as an onsite museum. In the museum, it is possible to find on display a selection of archaeological artefacts, composed of different pieces from archaeological excavations in Alhama. These materials bring us closer to different cultures from the First Century BC until the 1930’s.

The visitor is immersed in the history through architecture, exhibition panels and other visual resources. Showing the constructive and cultural evolution of the thermal area, the conservation of the cultural heritage in the same comple, with Roman rooms that later were used in Islamic and Christian periods, and the remains ofthe Spa Hotel that was built in the nineteenth century.

The archaeological remains were declared a Historic-Artistic Monument of National Character and Property of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 1983.

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