The Alicante Museum of Contemporary Arts is housed in 'Asegurada', the oldest civic building in the city. The museum was established in 1977 but was reopened in 2011, after major renovations.
Juana Frances, an Alicante born painter, also bequeathed her collection of graphic works, sketches and composed paintings to the city of Alicante.
The museum has 3 permanent collections with 800 exhibits. It also houses contemporary art. Not all works from the collection are on display though. Only one-third of a collection is exhibited, at a time, and is rotated every three or four months.
The building of the museum itself, is an important feature, as it has served as a granary, powder storage, jail, school of commerce as well as a temporary seat of City Hall, in the history of Alicante.