This museum of local antiquities has a marvelously old-fashioned feel about it, beginning with the flamboyant Beaux-Arts building constructed for the Hispano-French Exposition of 1908 designed to memorialize the centenary of Napoleon’s siege of the city. The building survived fierce bombardment during the Spanish Civil War, and the heroic statues that surround it speak of a pre-war era that romanticized antiquity. The three main sculptures represent Painting, Architecture, and Sculpture itself; a pair of Art Nouveau sculptures allude to Archaeology. Most of the ground-floor exhibits are the results of local digs, and represent prehistoric, Carthaginian, Roman, and Muslim eras in Zaragoza. Most notable is a fine bust of Caesar Augustus, for whom the city was named.
- Frommer's Staff