When it opened officially in December 2009, the museum was the only archeological museum in the Axarquía. In order to bring the museum to fruition, the Casa del Apero, abuilding dating from the XVII century and itself an exhibit illustrating a local style of architecture, was totally remodelled.
The museum belongs to the network of Andalusian and Spanish museums. It occupies a space of 400 square metres within which the visitor can journey through the history of Frigiliana from Neolithic times to the present day.
125 items are on display, all discovered here in Frigiliana, and presented in chronological order for ease of understanding.
A highlight of the exhibition is the skull of a child, discovered in the Cueva de los Murcielagos (Bat Cave), and dating from the Neolithic Age between 4,000 and 5,000 BC. Another interesting item is a sixteenth century Morisco dagger excavated from the ruins of the castle and possibly used to curtail the lives of Christian soldiers during the Battle of Frigiliana. Especially outstanding are the Phoenician vessels, as much for their fine state of preservation as for their design and decoration. Indeed, the museum’s logo is based on one of the designs found on these vessels
Amon Ra was an Egyptian god, whose name was found engraved on a jewel from the VIcentury AD, and discovered a long way from Egypt, in Frigiliana, or to be specific at Cerillo de las Sombras, a burial ground which has yielded many important finds. Archeologists have yet to agree on the significance and meaning of some of these objets, but all are on display in the museum.
In addition, archeologists working to trace the origins of Frigiliana have discovered a primitive urban settlement at Los Poyos de Molinillo, which includes the most westerly burials attributable to the Argar civilisation, and dating to the third millennium BC. Their investigations reach back to Neolithic times with the dicovery of stone age burials in some of the local caves.
Archeological work continues and many items have been sent away to specialist, university laboratories to be analysed using the most advanced techniques available, the results have been published in specialist journals, and details are incorporated into the information given in the museum.