The museum that holds the largest collection of precious stones in the world is housed in the former Tabacalera de Malaga factory within the Art Natura museum complex and will be ready by late 2010, according to what the patrons of Art Natura informed the Queen during a visit to Madrid recently. During this visit the Queen agreed to lend her name to a 2,205 carat aquamarine that is to be displayed in the gallery devoted to the most remarkable gems. These include the 31,000 carat topaz known as “El Dorado”, the 4,185 carat “Star of Jaipur” ruby and the “Corazón Verde - Green Heart” emerald.
The Art Natura Museum, devoted to precious stones, the luxury arts and earth sciences, will dazzle us with the largest collection of precious stones in the world, as well as other treasures of incalculable artistic value. It will be a unique and novel tourism resource as it combines culture (arts, sciences, gastronomy, music, jewelry and mining) with leisure, while at the same time offering facilities and activities that are ideal for the congress and incentives travel industry.
The Art Natura Museum complex occupies 25,000 square meters of built-up area distributed among five buildings, gardens and walkways, and includes two auditoriums, a car park and full services. The five buildings will house the different collections to be displayed. Thus, the first will exhibit the Royal Collections. This is the largest precious stones museum in the world, a 250,000-carat collection that will be five times larger than that of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, until now the most important collection in the world. It will also house extraordinary collections of luxury art including the Treasures of Gaudi, works by Mediterranean sculptors (Picasso, Dali, Martín Chirino, Eduardo Arroyo, etc.) and figures done in precious stones from all periods and continents, as well as temporary contemporary art expositions.
Another building will be devoted to earth sciences and life sciences. Here you will be able to explore such subjects as meteorites, the ages of the earth, the interior of volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc., and experience or learn about such timely subjects as transgenic foods and genetically modified animals. Facilities for congresses and conventions as well as halls for cultural or artistic events. A place facing the sea that is ideal for holding congresses, international conferences, etc., as it has a 250-square metre hall, outdoor auditorium with room for 800 guests, halls for temporary expositions and multiple uses, a fully equipped boardroom with room for thirty persons, a “chill out” terrace and a cocktail bar with views out over the sea.
The Art Natura Museum complex also will offer other services such as shops of the great jewelry chains and a Spanish haute cuisine restaurant, a buffet restaurant, cafés, childcare centers, etc., as well as all the services to be expected of a large cultural tourism project and theme park.