What is it?
The Son Fornés Archaeology Museum is in an old 18th Century flour mill, known as El Molí des Fraret, which was restored in 1999 and opened to the public in 2001.
It is a publicly owned museum where there are exhibits of the most significant finds and results of the excavations at the Son Fornés site, which is 2.5 kilometres from the town of Montuïri.
The Museum and site combine to offer the visitor a tour through more than 1,500 years of history, from the Talayotic age (900 BC) up until the village was abandoned in the 1st-2nd Centuries AD. The last evidence of activity here was around 700 AD.
Museum opening hours:
March-October: Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00
November-February: Monday to Friday, 10.00-14.00
Normal entrance: €3.50 (children under 12 free)
Reduced entrance: €2 (students, pensioners and unemployed)
Guided tour (prior reservation): €4.50 (minimum 8 people)
The last Sunday of every month the museum is open from 10am to 14pm for free.
Carrer Emili Pou, s/n. 07230 Montuïri
Telephone: +34 971 644 169
Son Fornés Archaeology Museum web site: www.sonfornes.mallorca.museum
Montuïri Town Council web site: www.ajmontuiri.net
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
The best way to see prehistoric Son Fornés is to start the tour in the Son Fornés Archaeology Museum which we can get to from the TIB bus stop by the Hostal in Montuïri, either on foot (15 minutes) or by the shuttle bus that goes around the town (Monday to Friday only and not on public holidays).
In its exhibition rooms, and with its multimedia material, we can take a journey through time from the most typical era of Balearic prehistory, the Talayotic era, through the age of the catapulters (post-Talayotic era) and ending up in the Classical or Roman era. We can see the most important finds recovered from the site since excavations began in 1975 and the information panels help us to immerse ourselves in the life of the communities who lived in Son Fornés during the last century BC – how they lived, what they ate, what they did, how their society was organised, etc.
When we have finished the museum tour we can round off the route by visiting the Son Fornés Talayotic village, which is around 2.5 kilometres from Montuïri town centre. A good way to get there is by walking for about 30 minutes along the Ma-3200 road. Along the way we can appreciate the typical scenery of the plain, or Pla de Mallorca, with farmland, dry stone walls, water wheels and other ethnological elements that are the essence of inland Majorca.
Once we get to the site, we can see the most important architectural elements which are explained on information panels at various places around the village.
The three talayots (megaliths) that have been excavated are a highlight of the site, and talayot 1 is the best preserved in Majorca. We can also see the area of houses where the Taloyotic community lived their daily lives.
The village was destroyed at the end of the Taloyotic era and was rebuilt immediately afterwards, with this being the beginning of the post-Talayotic occupation of the village (6th-3rd Centuries BC). It was at that time that various structures were built such as two sanctuaries in the centre of the village, which were still in use until the classical era. We can also see the structures of some houses from this new area (3rd Century BC and 1st and 2nd Centuries AD). The village was gradually abandoned and was lived in sporadically during the Byzantine and Islamic eras, a fact that has been documented from chance discoveries.
After the tour, we can round off the route with a visit to Montuïri old town, which is of great historical value, with a highlight being the Plaça Major and the church of Sant Bartomeu (16th-17th Century), or we can stroll to the mill area, where there are series of flour mills that sketch the iconic skyline of the town.