Vacationing in Galicia is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about its history and culture! There’s so much more to the region than beaches and bagpipes!
Galician culture is steeped in Celtic legends and superstitions, but its people are a blend of modern and traditional Spain. The best way to see and understand all of that is to visit these must-see museums in Santiago!
Museum of the Galician People
This fascinating museum is located in a former 13th century convent and is home to the history of the Galician people and their culture. You can see paintings, sculptures and other art forms on display. The museum covers many areas of Galicia’s past, such as its architecture, past trades, costumes, society and even musical instruments! Those with an interest in Galician writers can find an extensive library of books by Galician authors, too.
Address: San Domingos de Bonaval
Admission: General public: 3€, over 65 and students over 18: 1€. Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. free!
Museum of Contemporary Art
A modern, artistic-looking building (as you would expect!) is the location of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is one of our must-see museums in Santiago for many reasons. Designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, the building has won two prizes! The museum started in 1993, and its goal was to introduce Galicia into the international art scene. That’s exactly why it’s a great place to see international artist exhibitions, as well as Galician artists! There’s also a library on contemporary art and culture, as well as a café for that all-important cup of coffee after a morning at the museum!
Address: Rúa Valle Inclán, 2
Admission: Free! Open Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Museum of the Pilgrimage and Santiago
The museum is next to the Cathedral and a stone’s throw from the Pilgrim office, so it’s the perfect spot for a museum focused on the pilgrimage and the city of Santiago as the final stop. Founded in the 1950s, the museum started off with a lack of any real collections to showcase and relied heavily on collections lent to the museum. Nowadays it’s home to a fascinating collection of art, artifacts and all things pilgrim! It’s certainly one of our must-see museums in Santiago if you want to know more about the city’s interesting pilgrimage history.
Address: Praza das Praterías, 2
Admission: General admission: €2.40, pilgrims (with pilgrim certificate) and students (with student card) over 18: €1.20, Free for under 18s, over 65s, unemployed, Saturday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. and Sundays are free! Open Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sundays: 10:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Casa de La Troya Museum
Santiago’s university started more than 500 years ago and is one of the oldest in the world! Over the centuries it gained notoriety for the quality of its academic courses, making it one of the top universities in Spain! Perhaps this inspired the writer Alejandro Pérez Lugín to write La Casa de La Troya which is a novel about a boarding house for students in Santiago in the late 1800s. The museum is an intriguing look at what it was like for the students who lived and studied there all those centuries ago. As a result, it’s one of our must-see museums in Santiago, especially if you’ve read the book!
Address: Rúa da Troia, 5
Admission: General admission: €2, Pensioners, students and pilgrims: €1.50, Groups: €1 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm (may not be open everyday of the week)
Santiago’s Cathedral is a magnificent place to visit, so the museum attached to it should not be missed! It will really help you understand the cathedral’s history and its artistry! It should be high on any history fan’s list of must-see museums in Santiago because it’s all about Santiago’s number one attraction—the cathedral!
Address: Praza do Obradoiro
Admission: Everyday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (April to October), 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (November to March) Price varies depending on what you want to see from €6 to €15
A morning of museum hopping can make anyone hungry, so after you’ve got your fix of culture we’ll show you the best of Santiago’s gastronomy! Join us for one of our foodie tours and visit local pastry shops, tapas bars, wine bars, markets and many more places! You’ll taste the best Galician cuisine in the company of your friendly, expert guide while you learn even more about the city’s history and culture!