Museo da Catedral
Opening hours: 7:00am – 8:30pm Mon-Sun
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Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of the beautiful Spanish northern region of Galicia. The city, an important pilgrimage destination, is filled with culture and history. Absorb some of the knowledge the history has to offer with this list of its top ten museums and galleries.
While some locals felt that this huge cultural center was a wasted investment, its impressive architecture and contemporary design are certainly impressive. You’re best off stopping by when there’s an event on, otherwise you may be somewhat disappointed. However, this center of Galician culture and heritage does have some interesting exhibitions and worthwhile artworks to admire.
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Mon-Sun
The Galician Contemporary Art Centre, or Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, is the city’s best gallery for modern and contemporary art. The museum features excellent exhibitions of art from around the world as well as showing much local talent. The modern building of the museum is home to a whole host of shows and exhibits which include film and video.
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Tue-Sun
The Fundacion Granell started as a project of the famous surrealist painter Eugenio Granell and has now grown into a varied collection of surrealist and ethnic art. Featuring work from a whole array of artists, not just Granell himself, this gallery is a must-see for anyone interested in surrealism, or just those who are looking to learn more about Galician artistic movements.
Opening hours:11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm Tue-Sat, 11am-2pm Sun
Although not a musuem proper, this palace is a beautiful old building and a remarkable example of the city’s heritage which you can come and admire while soaking up the city’s culture and history. Located to the north of the cathedral, the Pazo de Xelmírez was built sometime between 1120-1236, although the exact year is unknown. The palace has been impressively well-kept and gives visitors an idea about how the city looked almost a thousand years ago.
Just minutes away from the hugely impressive Cathedral lies yet another beautiful building – the Convent of San Francisco. Once the home of Franciscan friars, this building which dates back to the 13th Century hosts in one of its cloisters the permanent exhibition of the Museo de Terra Santa (Holy Land Museum). The museum provides information about the Near East’s culture and history, linking Santiago and Jerusalem. It’s most stand-out feature is the impressive model of the Holy Sepulchre, crafted in Jerusalem over 60 years ago by Franciscan Fray Bartolome de las Heras-Burgos.