Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 6 to 8 pm.
Sundays, from 10 am to 1.30 pm.
Closed on Mondays

WINTER OPENING HOURS (1st November – 30th April)

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 6 to 8 pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, from 10 am to 1.30 pm.
Closed on Mondays..more information

Admission to the permanent exhibition ........€5


• People over 65.
• Youth Card holders.
• Large families.
• Joint passes with other cultural institutions.

Free admission:

• Temporary exhibition.
• Children under 10.
• Groups of students participating in educational campaigns organized by the City Council.
• Visits organised or authorised by the City Council.
• Teachers, researchers, instructors and tour guides, acting as such and holding anaccreditation card to prove so.
• Members of local, national or international museum associations.
• Registered Job Seekers holding a card to prove so.
• Visits on days previously announcedfor free admission by the city council and, in particular, on any of the following days:
• Visits between the 1st November and the 30th April.
• Sunday visits.
• On the 18th May. International Museum Day.


• Use of the Lecture Hall-Cost per hour: 30.00€
• Use of the inner courtyard- Costper hour: 20.00€
• Use of the building- Costper hour: 60.00€
• Rights for the commercial use of the building’s mural images- Costper image reproduction: 0.02€
• Rights for the commercial use of images of the art collections- Costper image reproduction: 0.01€
• Rights for the commercial use of the building’s image or any of its parts or facilities- Cost per image reproduction: 0.01€
• Sale of publications: books, postcards, sheets or other merchandising objects- Cost price increased by a percentage and rounded up to the next fraction of 5 cents Cost price+ 10 %..more information
HOW TO GET THERECa n’Oliver is located in the historic centre of Maó, close to the pedestrian zone, at the junction between Infanta and Anuncivay Streets. Formerly, the building’s main entrance was situated at, 13Infanta Street. However, in order to eliminate any architectural accessbarriers, the current entrance to the museum centre is at, 2Anuncivay Street.
There is no private parking, but Ca n’Oliver is very close to two of the public pay and displaycar parks, one atParc des Freginal and the other atSínia des Cuc.
If you aretravelling by public transport, the bus station atthe Esplanada Square is a 10-15 minute walk from Ca n’Oliver.
If you come to Maó on a cruise, you will get to the city centre via the stairs at the Costa de sesVoltesand, once at the top, Ca n’Oliver is only 5 minutes away.
In all cases, you will arriveat Ca n’Olivertaking an approximately 5 minute walk from the city centre following the directions leading to Ca n’Oliver/ Hernández Sanz – Hernández Mora Collection.

See map..more information
• Please keep your ticket with you during the visit.

Photographs and Recordings
• No-flash photography and home videosarepermitted, howevertripods and selfie sticks cannot be used.
• For press, researchers… the Centre has a digital collection thatcan be consulted if requested in advance.

• Only guide dogs are permitted inside the Centre.

Mobile phones
• Please silence your mobile phones during the visit.

Food and drink
• Bringing food and drink into the Centreis not permitted.

• Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

• Guides or those accompanying groups will be responsible for all the members of the group during the visit...more information
ACCESSIBILITYThe Centre has all its public spaces adapted to people with reduced mobility. The various floors can be accessed by lift, but the caretaker should be informed about its use.

All floors have adapted toilets, excluding the first floor...more information
DIONYSIAN THIASOSA scene of a Dionysian thiasos fills the hall that connects the dining room. This representation is full of life where satyrs and maenads play syrinx and pan flutes or cymbals. The group is surrounded by a frieze decorated with anthemia.
EPISODES FROM THE ROMAN – ETRUSCAN WARSThe main living room is decorated with three classical episodes of the Roman – Etruscan Wars: the legend of Mucius Scaevola, who, trapped by the Etruscans, is threatened to be tortured; the defence of the bridge over the river Tiber by Horatius Cocles; and the legend of Cloelia, who, along with other young Roman women, is offered as hostage to the king of the Etruscans, Porsenna. The entire group is surrounded by garlands and circular medallions, with different depictions.
FAME AND COMMERCECovering the entire opening of the staircase there are two winged allegories depicted, Fame and Commerce, an allusion to the owner’s occupation. In the center, a medallion with an anchor and the inscription: "Mobilitate viget viresque adquirido eundo”, which could be translated as “It gathers strength as it moves forward”. Given the height of this space, the grisaille technique was used, which gives the image the appearance of relief.
JUPITER AND JUNOOff the sitting room, this room is decorated with a scene that depicts mythological figures: the god Jupiter and goddess Juno, sitting upon a throne of clouds, while two Roman soldiers surrendering their weapons to them, beg the god of gods for victory over their enemy. The scene is surrounded by a frieze with garlands and flower patterns and bands decorated with scenes of children’s games.
MINORCA IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIESDuring the most turbulent 18th century, the Minorcans were able to adapt to varying occupants while striving to preserve that which defined them as a people, their laws, institutions and the Catholic religion. However, far from completely impervious to these changes, the islanders also took full advantage and they found their way into the Mediterranean and Atlantic trade networks, they adopted new production methods, they incorporated new ways of life and assimilated new ideas coming from Europe...more information
PORT MAHONThe city of Mahon cannot be understood without its harbour. It explains many episodes of the whole island’s history, especially from the 15th century onward, when strategic needs led to the settlement of garrisons and the construction of fortresses to defend its access. During 17th and 18th centuries, the port of Mahon became a highly important point of defence and provisions.
PRIAPUS WITH A NYMPHThe scene chosen in this bedroom is a representation of Priapus, ancient god of fertility, with a nymph. He is often depicted, as is the case here, in the form of a herm, that is, a head and a torso of a human upon a square lower pillar; the face is of an elderly man with goat ears crowned with fruit.
ROMULUS AND REMUSThe room is decorated with a classical theme from the lives of Romulus and Remus: the legend that tells how the children found by Faustulus –shepherd of King Silvius Procas- in the river Tiber and given to his wife Laurentia. The mythic she-wolf is seen in the foreground, set to flee; and on the right, an allegory of the river Tiber and its source.
THE ARITHMETICNext to the hall was a room attached to the old stables of the house, which was where the landlord carried out business activity; the decorative depiction using chiaroscuro techniques, represents the Arithmetic: a beautiful woman holding an iron punch in her right hand and a tablet in her left, upon which numbers are inscribed. Next to her, the inscription Par et Impar (Even and odd).
THE BRITISH MINORCAIf there were a historic period that characterises Minorca and provides it with its unique character this would be without a doubt the 18th century. More than seventy years of British occupation left its trace on the Island and on its inhabitants.
THE CA N'OLIVER BUILDINGAt the end of the 18th century, when the City Council started to develop the lands formerly known as the English Cemetery, currently Anuncivay Street and those adjacent, the trader and businessman Llorenç Oliver i Morillo erected his family home.
The ambitious idea of the family residence shows the social level achieved by this figure. The sheer volume and the way in which the space is architectonically distributed are completed with the interior decor. This artistic work was requested of the Italian artists Giuseppe Patania and Stefano Cotardi, who decorated the ceilings with classical scenes inspired by Roman mythology. The themes depicted refer to the use that the property owner gave to each decorated room.
THE IMPERAIL STAIRCASEThe imperial staircase plays a vital role in the ensemble of the architectural space, which hides a second stairway for the servants behind it.
The fresco painting of a Sicilian landscape on the first landing and the delicate filigree fretwork of the handrail provide the hall with extraordinary beauty.
THE ISLAND ILLUSTRATED. CARTOGRAPHICAL COLLECTIONThroughout the centuries, Minorca has received the attention of cartographers, most notably during the 18th century, due primarily to the island being a point of strategic interest in that period. The cartographical collection of the Centre d’Art i d’Història Hernández Sanz (Hernández Sanz Centre of Art and History) is one of the most complete that can be found in Minorca.
THE JOYIn the house's dining room we find the allegory of Joy, depicted as a young woman, holding in her left hand a glass jug of wine and a golden kylix in her right. The figure flutters in a blue sky accompanied by several birds surrounding her. Around her, six putti hold garlands of flowers and fruit, associated themselves with Joy.
THE LEGACY OF HERNÁNDEZ SANZ-HERNÁNDEZ MORAFrancesc Hernández Sanz and his sons, Joan and Francesc Hernández Mora, played essential roles in the protection of Menorcan heritage, not only for the compilation of his collections but also regarding the historical and artistic side that always characterised the entire family. In this regard, the artwork of both Francesc Hernández Sanz (1863-1949) and his son, Francesc Hernández Mora (1905-1980) is especially remarkable.
THE MAGIC OF ENGRAVING A collection of engravings belonging to the Consell Insular de Menorca (Minorca Island Council) is on display. These have been created by contemporary artists from Minorca or somehow related to the island. This selection also shows a relevant educational approach that helps visitors understand more about engraving techniques.
THE OLIVER FAMILY AND THEIR MANOR HOUSE IN MAHONThe Oliver family is one of the primary families of the bourgeoisie of the 18th and 19th century Mahon. Llorenç Oliver Morillo (1766-1810) was the first to diversify the family business acting as a contractor of military supplies while he simultaneously maintained business relations with ports around the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. As a symbol of his increasing influence, he had the family estate constructed in an up and coming area of the city. ..more information
THE SLEEPThe master bedroom of the house is decorated with a scene of the allegory of Sleep, represented with wings, resting with a bunch of poppy seed flowers in his hand. Surrounding him, the putti prepare poppy juice, used by the Night to put mortals to sleep, while Morpheus, his principal ambassador, keeps everything quiet.
THE TOWERThe building is crowned with a tower –three levels above the building itself- making it a clear reference point within the city’s urban layout. Llorenç Oliver requested building it in order to control the arrival of ships carrying his merchandise. At that time, one could see from here the whole of the harbour, from its mouth to the inland end.
Col·lecció Hdez. Sanz - Hdez. Mora

FROM NOVEMBER 12, 2021 TO GENER 9, 2022


December 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Night visit / workshop for children from 7 to 12 years old
"In the light of a Roman lamp". visit the darkest rooms of Ca n'Oliver
Prior registration- 971 356 523

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