Plans for the new Semana Santa Museum are currently on hold whilst the town council waits for Iberdrola to connect the electricity. The museum has been reorganised and is due to host the Museo del Mar y de la Sal (Sea and Salt Museum) too.
It has been a controversial reorganisation as it means moving around the effigies that are a feature of the traditional Easter time processions. It has also raised debate with the announcement that these effigies will share floor space with evidence moved from the courts. This is currently stored in boxes on the fifth floor of the court building.
The Semana Santa Museum building was handed over to Torrevieja town last September by the Valencian regional government. It has five floors above and three floors below ground level and cost more than six million euros to build. It is planned that other local council departments will also be based here, reducing the monthly fees that the local government has to pay out for renting premises.
It is claimed that it could already be in use but for the fact that Iberdrola has not yet connected the electricity. Only when this final act has been completed can the building be given its licencia de actividad and open its doors.