There’s something touching about the two 5th-century b.c. Phoenician sarcophagi in the archaeological collection of this museum. The man’s sarcophagus was unearthed in 1887, and when the matching woman’s sarcophagus was excavated in 1980, the pair, buried together for eternity, was reunited. In fact, some of the most evocative objects in the archaeological collections are Phoenician—or in the case of the 329 pieces of gold jewelry excavated in 2012, Carthaginian. The ancient jewelry is as advanced in its design and construction as any modern work, and makes an intimate connection to the past. The Roman room is less personal but more monumental, especially the 2.75-m-high (9-ft.) statue of Emperor Trajan excavated near Tarifa in 1980. The fine arts collection on the upper floors is less dramatic.
- Frommer's Staff