The museum, which has cost almost €5 million and opened after months of controversy, is expected to attract between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors per year.
It will allow visitors to travel from the Palaeolithic 24,000 years through to the tourist boom in the sixties. The museum, which is located close to the Balcon de Europa, was inaugurated in March, but has remained closed since then because the opening licences had not been granted.
The manager of the Cueva de Nerja Foundation, Angel Ramirez, said it was “great news” for the museum to open and increase the local cultural offer. The facility, he said, “starts now and has to be developed”.
It is 1,800m2 and has original pieces which were found in the Cueva de Nerja and are from the era in which it was inhabited.
One of them is the skeleton known as ‘Pepita’ a woman around 20 years old who died from an ear infection 18,000 years ago.
There are also remains from more recent civilizations, such as the Roman and Arab periods, such as pottery and coins.