Museums and Interpretation Centers

Casa Valle-Inclán - Vilanova de Arousa

Casa Valle-Inclán

The museum is situated in the Pazo de O Cuadrante, declared a Historical Artistic Monument in 1976 and linked to the family of Valle-Inclán. The museum was the result of a municipal initiative, created in 1986 to preserve and disseminate the Galician writer’s life and work, characterised by its innovative nature, social resentment and the technique known as esperpento (grotesque caricaturing), as well as to convey the eternal memory of Galicia’s rural world.

CastroDeza - Lalín

CastroDeza

Housed on the ground floor of Lalín Town Hall, CastroDeza is a space devoted to the revitalisation of cultural tourism. It is conceived as a virtual museum of castro (hillfort) culture, bringing together myths, castros and gastronomy.

Centro Arqueológico de A Caeira - Poio

Centro Arqueolóxico de A Caeira

This archaeological centre is located in Casal de Ferreirós, an old rural house of high social status that has been restored and is now part of the heritage of Poio. It also houses the Tourist Information Office. The centre is part of the Galician Archaeological Heritage Network and contains a permanent exhibition room with panels telling the story of the discovery of the petroglyphs of A Caeira and information about rock art in the Bronze Age. It also has a screening room.

Centro Arqueológico de Tourón - Ponte Caldelas

Centro Arqueológico de Tourón

In the heart of the municipality of Ponte Caldelas, the archaeological site of Tourón contains one of the most unique open-air rock art sites in Galicia. This large area of 15 hectares offers the possibility of visiting five rock art locations following a route with breathtaking views. It includes an interpretation centre that enriches the visitor experience with a permanent exhibition about the lifestyle of the communities that lived there from the 3rd to the 2nd millennium BCE. Visits are welcome by appointment.

Centro Cultural Municipal “Manuel Lamazares” - Rodeiro

Centro Cultural Municipal “Manuel Lamazares”

The main room illustrates the history of the municipality, which includes Rodeiro houses and archaeological remains discovered in the area. The second room has objects related to traditional craftsmanship. The third room has a permanent collection by artist José Luis Vázquez Vázquez, also known as Vila-Seca, which includes a total of 47 paintings from different periods donated by the painter.

Centro de Interpretación del Patrimonio Cultural de Taboexa - As Neves

Centro de Interpretación del Patrimonio Cultural de Taboexa

The purpose of the centre is to promote an environment for creative learning, making known the significance of the area’s cultural and historical legacy to today’s generations. It holds a permanent exhibition on Taboexa’s most relevant heritage assets: castros, petroglyphs, church, chapels, wayside shrines or water mills

Fundación Terra Termarum Castrolandín - Cuntis

Fundación Terra Termarum Castrolandín

The archaeological site of Castrolandín’s Interpretation Centre and Research and Recovery of castro pottery Workshop.

The Foundation’s aim is to spread knowledge of castro culture by highlighting Castrolandín’s archaeological site. Among its activities feature pottery workshops and the revival of the feast of St. John, which takes place in the hillfort itself on the night of the 23rd June.

Galician Museum of the Sea - Vigo

Museo del Mar de Galicia

The Galician Museum of the Sea, designed by theItalian architect Aldo Rossi and the Galicianarchitect César Portela, was built on the site of the old canning factory of Alcabre, called Molino del Viento (1887), in Vigo. This 14,000 square-metre museum was opened to the public in 2002. It consists of a garden, five refurbished buildings, a square, a new building, a port with an aquarium and a lighthouse, everything surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

Manuel Torres Municipal Museum - Marín

Museo Municipal Manuel Torres

A museum established with the works donated by the artist Manuel Torres, who was born in Marín. His extensive career encompasses almost all disciplines and trends: landscapes, still lifes, portraits and engravings, as well as numerous drawings and sculptures. The museum space also holds temporary exhibitions and is a centre for cultural activities.

Mogor Petroglyphs - Marín

Petroglifos de Mogor

Popularly known as the “Mogor labyrinths”. Although they are the most reproduced and analysed petroglyphs in Galicia, their motif is atypical within Galician rock art as a whole, as only five other examples with the labyrinth motif have been identified, all of which are to be found in the province of Pontevedra. The petroglyphs are in an area that has been landscaped in an effort to recreate an archaeological environment. Footbridges have been installed to provide a view of the petroglyphs from above and prevent them from being trodden on. These structures form a part of the Mogor Petroglyph Interpretation Centre. Mogor beach is nearby.

Municipal Museum of Ponteareas - Ponteareas

This museum, situated on the site of the old tanning factory, brings us a step closer to the history of Ponteareas and the surrounding area. Some of the archaeological artefacts found in the Castro de Troña (Ponteareas) are exhibited here, as are some of the Roman bronzes recovered from the Coto de Altamira or Taboexa (As Neves), along with other items from sites in the area. There is also a section devoted to the feast of Corpus Christi and its carpets of flowers, one of the village’s distinguishing features. Finally, a part of the museum is given over to the history of some of the village’s illustrious sons and daughters, who dedicated their lives to political, social or cultural affairs.

Municipal Museum Quiñones de León - Vigo

The Pazo de Lavandeira, which now houses the Municipal Museum Quiñones de León, was donated by the marquis of Alcedo in 1924. This museum free of charge has an important collection of art including more than 1,500 pieces of art from disciplines such as painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, and applied arts; as well as artefacts found in archaeological sites in Vigo, Galicia and other parts of the Iberian Peninsula. Moreover, its collections are a valuable source of interest for those who want to learn about the history of the city of Vigo from the 15th century to the present day.

Museo etnográfico Casa do PatrónMuseo etnográfico Casa do Patrón - Lalín

This museum’s collection occupies more than 2,000 m2 divided into three buildings where more than 4,500 objects are displayed. They have been collected from all parts of Galicia and consist of small tools of great history that are symbols of the Galicia from the last three centuries. It is the largest ethnographic museum in the region, with thirteen exhibition rooms displaying old schools, our ancestors’ customs, lost trades, a typical town tavern, a traditional wood-fired oven, etc.

Museo Massó - Bueu

Museo Massó

Situated in the industrial warehouses of the old canning factory, Massó Hermanos, near Bueu port. The museum takes visitors on an adventure where they learn about the conquest of the seas and important maritime expeditions, and helps them learn about the use of marine resources through the salting and canning industries and the whaling stations.

Museum MASAT - A Guarda

Museo MASAT

The first archaeological museum in Galicia, and one of the oldest in the region, is situated in a strategic location, on top of Trega Hill, an imposing 341-metre hill that offers stunning panoramic views over the natural border between Galicia and Portugal, and the Miño River’s estuary.

Museum of Pontevedra - Pontevedra

Museo de Pontevedra

The museum was founded in 1927 by the Provincial Government of Pontevedra with the aim to continue the work of the Archaeological Society of Pontevedra, which had previously gathered an extraordinary collection of works of art and documents. Today, the Museum has over 16,000 pieces including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, archaeological artefacts, coins, musical instruments, furniture, jewellery, etc. Its collections date as early as from the Prehistory and Ancient history up to the 20th century, as well as Numismatics, Decorative Arts, Ethnographic Collections and Naval Rooms.

Museum of the Sea - A Guarda

Museum of the Sea

This museum is housed in a building especially constructed in 1997 to recreate an ancient defensive fortress with a circular floor plan: a watchtower. It is situated in the port, the original building having been knocked down in 1945. The items exhibited here enable visitors to familiarise themselves with the life and traditions of fishermen in A Guarda, and include examples of traditional and modern-day fishing gear as well as local residents’ accounts recorded on audio-visual media.

Pazo de Liñares (Linares Country House) - Lalín

A 17th-century pazo that houses the Centro de Xestión do Coñecemento Arqueolóxico (Archaeological Knowledge Management Centre) (Provincial Council of Pontevedra), the Museo Galego da Marioneta e do Xoguete (Galician Museum of Puppets and Toys) (Imaxina, Lalín Town Council) and Sala Loriga, a tribute to Spanish aviation.

Rock Art Archaeological Park of Campo Lameiro - Campo Lameiro

Parque Arqueológico del Arte Rupestre de Campo Lameiro

The tour of the archaeological park includes access to three different spaces: the permanent exhibition, housed in the Interpretation and Documentation Centre, the archaeological area itself, featuring ensembles such as Laxe dos Carballos, Outeiro dos Cogoludos or Laxe da Forneiriña, and the reconstruction of a Final Bronze Age settlement.

This artistic ensemble was recently added to European cultural heritage through the European Cultural Routes, the Prehistoric Rock Art Trails, an association under the aegis of the Council of Europe which groups together almost all of Europe’s most important tourist destinations based on ancient history.

Salgadeira de Moreiras Museum - O Grove

 Museo da Salgadeira de Moreiras español (España) Traductor

Situated in the old salting factory, this museum displays the life and work of Galicia’s fishing communities, including the salting process, fishing gear and shellfishing, canned products, rope-making and knotting, traditional wooden boat-building and navigational instruments.

Salinae. Centro arqueológico del arenal - Vigo

Salinae. Centro arqueológico del arenal

This archaeological centre aims to tell the story of the only solar evaporation pond of the entire Roman Empire that has been preserved and turned into a museum. It explores how a saltern worked and how the Romans produced salt from salt pans. Additionally, the exhibition offers the possibility of discovering the interesting world of salt, its history, some of the ways to obtain it and the different uses the Romans had for this useful product. The centre is managed by the Sea Museum of Galicia.

Valga History Museum - Valga

Museo de la Historia de Valga

The aim of the museum is to disseminate Valga’s natural heritage and history, as well as celebrate its most illustrious daughter, Agustina Carolina Otero Iglesias, commonly known as La Bella Otero. History, art, geography and ethnography ensure that this museum is of great cultural interes.

Centro municipal de Interpretación del Mundo Romano (CIMR) - Vigo

Centro municipal de Interpretación del Mundo Romano (CIMR)

En el Centro de Interpretación del Mundo Romano (CIMR) del Ayuntamiento de Vigo, anexo al yacimiento arqueológico municipal de la villa romana de Toralla, podrá acercarse al conocimiento del pasado romano de la ciudad de Vigo.