The Pilgrimage Museum was established in 1951 by the General Direction of Fine Arts, with a view to showing the great influence the pilgrimage and the cult to Santiago had on European and Latin american civilizations. It covers the history of the Route to Santiago by means of documents, paintings, sculptures, smithery and religious art.
It is housed in the Gothic House, which is considered to have been the house of King Pedro I, although it is also related to Fernando de Castro, verger of the Church of Santiago and the representative of this king in Galicia.
Over the first years of existence, the museum opened its doors occasionally for temporary exhibitions. In 1995 it was tranferred to the Autonomous Community of Galicia and so became a state museum, which made possible that the following year, 1996, the museum opened to display its collection.
The collection deals with the history of Santiago and its cult, by means of images, items and documents. It occupies eight rooms devoted to the history of pilgrimages, from its origins to the present; the pilgrimage, the origins of the cult to Santiago, the town of Santiago and its Cathedral, the routes and rites, the figure of Santiago in history, the guilds and traditional handicrafts in Compostela, the illustrations from Santiago de Compostela and the instruments used in the Doorway of Glory.
Address: San Miguel, 4. 15.704-Santiago de Compostela
Tel (981) 58 15 58
Open 10am-8pm; Saturday 10.30am-1.30pm and 5-8pm; Sunday 10.30am-1.30pm.
Closed on Monday.