A Coruña’s top 7 museums

Which are A Coruña’s most popular museums?

A Coruña’s museums are an excellent option for anyone looking for a cultural break in Galicia.

A Coruña is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most popular destinations: not only is the city home to one of the country’s busiest and largest ports, but it is also renowned for its prime location, magnificent natural landscapes and cultural activity.

If you’re looking for a trip with a difference, check out A Coruña’s top 7 museums and delve into the traditional essence of Galicia.

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1. San Antón Castle

Apart from being part of A Coruña’s historic defence fortifications, the castle also houses the city’s Archaeology and History Museum. It was opened in 1968 and has been listed as an artistic and historic monument since 1994.

The museum collection includes medieval art and heraldry, gold and silver work and exhibits that form part of the building’s archaeology. The visit to the castle provides an insight into the history of the city and Galicia. The facilities also include the area known as Casa Botero, a number of exhibition rooms as well as the chapel and sacristy.

The castle takes visitors on a journey back in time to the origins of Galician civilisation and the evolution of its culture and character. It is an absolute must for everyone who loves delving into the past and discovering thrilling tales and legends.

2. Domus – The Museum of Humankind

An interactive science museum dedicated to humankind. It was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and offers a vision of human beings that seeks to inspire reflection and introspection.

There are various rooms housing temporary exhibitions, a 3D digital film room and an open laboratory where visitors can carry out their own experiments. One of the most appealing aspects of this museum is that it gives visitors the chance to interact with the exhibits, making it a great day out for children.

3. A Coruña Regional Military Museum

This history museum houses a permanent exhibition of military collections: flags, medals, uniforms and documents…a compendium of memorabilia showcased in modern facilities that opened in 1992.

With a philosophy based on collecting, care and respect for ideologies, the museum also organises historic re-enactments, children’s theatre, short story competitions and temporary exhibitions, all with a military theme and where everyone is welcome to take part.

One of the museum’s highlights is the magnificent collection of models, carriages and arms from the Carlist Wars.

4. The Picasso House Museum

Who hasn’t heard of the legendary Pablo Picasso and the impact he had on the world of art? For those of you that love painting and fascinating facts, this is the house where the artist Pablo Picasso lived between 1891 and 1895.

It became a museum on 18th December 2002 and houses the personal belongings of the Ruiz Picasso family during their time here such as furniture, painting and other objects. There is also an exhibition of 33 reproductions of the artist’s works, including his oil paintings on canvas and wood. This is not only the perfect place to learn more about his work, but also to sense the spirit of this major figure of the art world.

5. MUNCYT, A Coruña’s Museum of Science and Technology

Victoria Acebo and Ángel Alonso are the designers of the Glass Prism, the building that houses A Coruña’s magnificent Museum of Science and Technology.

It is home to a number of exhibition rooms: the Miscellaneous Rooms; the Capital Letters Room, the Heritage Room, the Iberia Room…together they take visitors on a fascinating journey into science and technology, perfect for lovers of gadgets and devices. There is even something for aeronautical fans!

There are also older, more historic collections for those intrigued by exhibits of outstanding value. In short, an absolute must for everyone who enjoys unique and truly unforgettable exhibitions.

6. The Finisterrae Aquarium

This will appeal to everyone that loves nature and its secrets. The Finisterrae Aquarium is the city’s most important resource for environmental and scientific education, where visitors can learn about the marine flora and fauna.

Its mission to promote care and respect for nature unfolds in four exhibition rooms that house a collection of more than three hundred species, with various pools and aquariums that will surprise and delight visitors of all ages.

7. The Estrella Galicia Museum (MEGA)

How about touching, tasting and enjoying a unique experience unlike anything you have ever known? MEGA is not just a museum – it is a space where you can discover our origins, learn all about the culture of beer and enjoy an experience for all five senses.

All our visitors have the chance to discover the world of beer in the company of the Rivera family who, thanks to their long-standing experience and history that dates back to 1906, manage to make every visit to their facilities a truly unforgettable experience.

You’ll receive a first-hand insight into the culture of beer from a uniquely different perspective thanks to the guided tours and workshops, before rounding off the experience with the chance to taste our works of art.

MEGA is a whole world just waiting to be discovered. Housed in the working brewery, every room and corner has a special tale to tell.

If you’re looking for adventure, a unique experience and lasting memories that you can tell time and time again, then venture into the world of MAGA at https://mundoestrellagalicia.es. Quench your thirst with the essence of beer!

BONUS: other interesting museums to visit

In addition to the museums mentioned here, A Coruña has much more to offer! Here are just a few other museums that you may be interested in:

  • María Pita House Museum: the home of María Pita, A Coruña’s greatest heroine.
  • Casares Quiroga House Museum: the former residence of Santiago Casares Quiroga, President of the Government during Spain’s Second Republic.
  • Casares Quiroga House Museum: the former residence of Santiago Casares Quiroga, President of the Government during Spain’s Second Republic.
  • Science Museum: site of the Planetarium.
  • Fine Arts Museum: exhibitions of paintings, drawings, sculptures and archaeology, among others.
*Header photograph taken by José Luis Cernada Iglesias (Flickr series)