The stony city of Santiago de Compostela is, in itself, an open-air museum, with a historic quarter that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 4 December 1985. In addition to enjoying its streets, squares, alleys, monuments, green areas and more, there are a number of interesting museums that you should write down on your travel list and visit, as we guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised. Shall we go on a tour?
Before you start
As you know, in Santiago “rain is art”, and if you happen to have a rainy day, visiting the city’s museums is a good alternative for the stormy days of Compostela.
Consider how long you are going to be in Santiago de Compostela. If you are a regular tourist, maybe several days; if you are a pilgrim, maybe also or even less. To see the museums well, you may need one or two hours per museum, and we recommend not to visit more than two per day, so we don’t get overloaded with information.
If you are a pilgrim and you have your credential or Compostela, check if you have some kind of discount on the rate, several museums offer it. Anyway, the visiting fees are not very high, and can go from 1 € to 15 €. There are even rates that include several museums or exhibition spaces at the same time. In addition, museums almost always have their weekly free admission day, when admission is free. We recommend you to consult these details in the Santiago de Compostela Tourist Office.
Practically all the main museums are in the historic centre of Santiago de Compostela, i.e. very close, which is a great advantage when it comes to organising your agenda.
As it could not be otherwise, this is perhaps the most important museum in Santiago de Compostela, the one that belongs to its cathedral. This museumoffers several exhibition spaces in its Permanent Collection that show the history and art of the Cathedral. It also offers the possibility of visiting very special places in the city, such as the Pazo de Xelmírez, the Crypt and the Pórtico de la Gloria, the roofs, the Torre de la Carraca or the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Real de Sar, outside the historic centre. With the different types of visit you can get a personalized visit depending on what you want to entrancepersonalized according to what you want to visit. You have another way to visit it, even if you are not in Santiago de Compostela, hereyou have another way to visit it, even if you are not in Santiago de Compostela.
Perhaps the only one of its kind in Spain, it occupies the east side of the Plaza de Platerías, in the heart of the historic centre and behind the cloister of the Cathedral. Created at the end of 1951, in ityou can learn how the phenomenon of the pilgrimage became the natural founder of Santiago de Compostela, a city that has always been evolving linked to it. Whether you are a pilgrim or not, it deserves a visit. And again, even if you are not in town, hereyou can visit it.