The Ses Voltes Cultural Centre is currently under construction. From 2020 it will be the headquarters of the Museu Marítim de Mallorca. The building could not be located in a better place. It is at the foot of the city’s walls in the shadow of Palma Cathedral and next to the Sea Park. Despite this enviable setting, Ses Voltes is a complex space. It has undergone a number of transformations and has had different usages. It was built as an army barracks at the end of the 18th century. Later, as a city owned property, it was a creative space for artists that housed the Contemporary Art Centre. Ses Voltes will be the location of a permanent exhibition and a space for temporary exhibitions, meetings and work.
The Sea Museum is located in the port of Sóller. It closed in 2012 and reopened in 2019. It is a publicly owned building in an oratory dating from the late twelfth century. For eight years, it housed the Sea Museum. Its objective was to generate a narrative discourse about the relationship that the people of Sóller had with the sea. Sóller had more connections with mainland Europe than the rest of Mallorca. The explanation for this is a unique story. The Sea Museum is recovering the existing anthropological discourse and is open to the public on a regular basis. It is also the current space for educational experimentation and the Museu Marítim de Mallorca ideas laboratory.
The Museu Marítim de Mallorca aspires to be a museographic space for the whole of Mallorca. Although its headquarters are in Palma, it is generating a network of spaces that reflect different sensitivities and events that occur in our territorial waters. The different locations also help us in establishing a global and decentralized approach to the debate. Our socio-cultural proposal not only establishes a knowledge exchange but an exchange between Palma and the rest of the island as well.