Temples of art and heritage
Museum of Pontevedra
The Museum of Pontevedra, being 90 years old, is the result of the persistence of the old Archaeologic Society of Pontevedra and its desire to preserve works of art, documents and old pieces, among other valuable pieces. The collections kept in the museum, having a great historic and heritage value, are divided into Prehistory and Ancient history, Numismatics, Middle Ages, Art from the Renaissance to the Neoclassicism, Art from the 19th century, Decorative Arts, Ethnographic Collections and Naval Rooms.
Today, the complex is made up of different buildings: the Castro Monteagudo Building; the Pazo García Flórez, an eighteenth-century Galician manor house; the Fernández López Building; the Sarmiento Building, whose construction started in 1685 and finished in 1714; the Santo Domingo Ruins; and the Sixth Building. The construction of the Sixth Building started in 2004 and meant an extension of 10,000 m2, divided into 23 rooms for permanent exhibitions. The museum displays collections of the Galician art since the Gothic period until today.
Municipal Museum Quiñones de León
The Municipal Museum Quiñones de León, in the Pazo de Castrelos (Vigo), houses more than 1,500 pieces belonging to different artistic and archaeological disciplines. The outstanding building, which was donated to the city by the Marqués de Valladares in 1924, has beautiful gardens which are worth visiting.
The interesting municipal collection of Galician art is now on exhibition in the art gallery Pinacoteca Francisco Fernández del Riego, located in the upper part of the old town of the city of Vigo.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo (known as MARCO) opened in Príncipe Street in 2002, and, among other activities, it has housed a large number of renowned local and international artists' works ever since. In fact, it has become a benchmark for modern exhibition centres.
Galician Museum of the Sea
The Galician Museum of the Sea is also located in Vigo. It explains the history of the fishing activity and the canning industry up to nowadays, as well as the sea from different perspectives and its ecosystems. It is a remarkable building, located in a beautiful setting by the sea, in the parish of Alcabre, and near a lighthouse which has already become part of its identity. The museum includes an aquarium in another building and the archaeological remains of a Celtic hillfort.
Ethnographic Museum Liste
The Museum Liste, in Vigo, was born as a space for the exhibition and preservation of the collection Olimpio Liste Regueiro. The ethnographic and cultural legacy is part of the material and spiritual Galician heritage, including objects used in the daily life of different trades in Galicia.
In the building, dating from the mid-twentieth century, other didactic activities, as temporary exhibitions or even music auditions are also available.
The Archaeological Museum of the Monte Santa Trega (known as MASAT), in the town of A Guarda, is a benchmark for the archaeological spaces. It is also a milestone for the Galician community, as its centenary was celebrated in 2017 being the first archaeological museum in Galicia, and one of the oldest in the region.
Apart from its cultural value, its strategic location on the top of the Trega Hill, close to the most important hillfort in the northwest of the peninsula, is another attractive feature. In addition, it offers amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean and the estuary of the Miño River.
Galician Museum of the Marionette
In 1998, it was held an exhibition to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the first marionette show of the company Viravolta. It was housed in the Municipal Museum of Lalín, and three years later, in 2001, the House of the Marionette opened in the Pazo Liñares, located in the same town. Today, it has become a documentation centre of this art, where more than 300 pieces belonging to the marionette world can be admired.
Interpretation Centre of the Wine and the Lamprey
Among interpretation centres, the one devoted to the wine and the lamprey in the town of Arbo (known as Arabo Museum) stands out. This centre is aimed at disseminating the bonds existing between locals and local products, namely the wine and another one from its rivers, the ancestral lamprey.
Through the exhibition, visitors can follow the history of the region from the times before the Roman era. There they can also learn about the beginning of the lamprey fishing and the creation of the first vineyards and their evolution until today. The wine from the region known as Condado de Tea is under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas, whereas the lamprey, which is captured in the area between Crecente and Salvaterra do Miño, is a culinary delight which takes centre stage in an event, declared Festival of National Tourist Interest, held in Arbo.
Ethnographic and Wine Museum in Cambados
The Wine Museum in the town of Cambados, in the old rectory known as Casa de Ricoi, dating back to the 16th century, was the first one in Galicia devoted to the study of wine. The centre describes, in an attractive way, the process of wine production, as well as its history and its bonds with popular culture and art. Moreover, in the museum, visitors can enjoy other didactic activities for groups, such as participating in beginner and advance tasting courses or in guided tours along the Wine Route.
Interpretation Centre in Campo Lameiro
The petroglyphs in the town of Campo Lameiro represent the greater concentration of open-air rock art in Europe. The centre also houses the Archaeological Park of Rock Art, offering detailed information on the archaeological site, our ancestors' lives and the research to unearth their traces. It is a centre devoted to the history of the local rock art displaying information in a didactic, visual and simple way.