This museum was founded in 1941 with the legacy of the painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta in order to promote culture and art. The museum building is a typical house from Granada, built by the founder next to the Alhambra between 1916 and 1930.
In contrast with the typical architectural style of Granada during the first third of the 20th century, this building is a good example of European architecture of the time. The gardens are particularly outstanding. It was officially declared a national monument in 1982.
It used to be the home and atelier of José María Rodríguez-Acosta, who was born in Granada in 1878. He was a pupil of Garrocha and is thought to be one of the finest Spanish painters of the 20th century. His still life and landscape paintings of Granada are particularly atmospheric.
INSTITUTO GÓMEZ MORENO
The building in which the museum is located also houses the Instituto Gómez Moreno, founded in 1973 to receive and promote the legacy of the local archaeologist and historian Manuel Gómez-Moreno Martínez.
The legacy included a rich collection of works of art and interesting historical artefacts such as Palomino frescos, carvings by Bautista and paintings by Bocanegra, sculptures, drawings, enamels, ceramics, glass, Iberian votive offerings, Greek vases, a library and an archive that contains the material of his intellectual work.