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Museo do Pobo Galego, Santiago de Compostela

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With exhibits that showcase the Galicia people, Museo do Pobo Galego is a tribute to the native inhabitants of the region. The large halls display local crafts, such as textiles manufactured on looms, photographs of the local workers over the years, and traditions. The building, a rehabbed Dominican convent, also doubles as a research institute for social identity that holds workshops and organizes studies. Events are held throughout the year that presents the results of these studies, so check the calendar on the website prior to your visit. Arrange your visit to Museo do Pobo Galego and discover more family-friendly attractions in Santiago de Compostela using our Santiago de Compostela travel planner.
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  • Take the time to walk here and see an amazing staircase and nice modern displays of the folklore of Gaicia. 
    Take the time to walk here and see an amazing staircase and nice modern displays of the folklore of Gaicia.  more »
  • I was expecting more from the museum, such as historical explanations, telling the origins of Galician people and their language. But it is really just a presentation of objects and artefacts. It was....  more
    I was expecting more from the museum, such as historical explanations, telling the origins of Galician people and their language. But it is really just a presentation of objects and artefacts. It was....  more »
  • The museum is flawed. The structure goes from overexposition to superficial touches over topics in a way that is very much adacemicists, that brings back to the way you learn things at school. It... 
    The museum is flawed. The structure goes from overexposition to superficial touches over topics in a way that is very much adacemicists, that brings back to the way you learn things at school. It...  more »
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  • We came for the triple-helix staircase, obvs, but enjoyed the rest. We particularly enjoyed the displays on castros - the pre-Roman settlements across NW Spain. We read up on them, and visited some later in our trip and really enjoyed it.
  • Unfortunately, the museum doesn't really seem to make an effort to bring the Galician culture closer to non-galician people. Else, I couldn't explain why all the writing in the museum is exclusively in Gallego and not even in Spanish or English for tourist visitors. As a result, the museum seems unstructured, or the structure is never really explained to the visitor (at least international ones). The audio guide in different languages doesn't replace the lack of information. All in all, I was very bored as a result and wouldn't recommend unless you speak Gallego. Replying to your answer below: Obviously I am not saying that the exhibition shouldn't be in Galician language. What I am explaining above is that in order to make the museum more accessible to people who don't speak Galician, you should include English or Spanish descriptions aside from Galician, or at least an easy way for non-Galician people to understand the descriptions. As it is now, I don't think people who don't speak Galician are taking away much from the exhibition. Actually, seeing how rude and patronising the responses from the Museum owners are to some of the other guests providing constructive criticism in their reviews, I definitely wouldn't recommend visiting.
  • Very disappointing museum in many respects: unclear structure, old-fashioned museum curation which presents a very homogenous and non-diverse view of Galician culture, does a poor job in promoting the anthropological or ethnographic aspects of Galician culture to anyone who doesn't speak Gallego, and unfriendly staff who seem completely unreceptive to constructive criticism. I completely agree that having the Gallego language as the main language of the exhibition is important for the protection of Galician cultural heritage, but I think that if you really want to promote your culture to people from all parts of the world it would massively benefit from having Spanish and English translations on the walls, at a minimum. The app that was created for other languages is very poorly made, hard to access, has less information than the original text and is inaccessible to those without phones or internet (the museum WiFi was so poor I couldn't use the app). Without some major changes to the museum as it is and taking on board the many constructive comments received (the large number of Google reviews with these suggestions speaks volumes), I would definitely not recommend a visit to this museum.
  • Interesting museum about the Galician culture and crafts. You can buy a museum guide for €1 in English. The exhibition is only in the Galician language (not Spanish). Despite the english language guide, we didn't understand some details since they were left out of the guide. Bu, it was an interesting museum, and most things are understandable for foreign visitors since most displays speak for itself. My advice is to explore this museum even when you're not Galician or Spanish.
  • Only very few explanations in English. They tell you you can download an app, but in my case I couldn't because I don't come from a subset of countries (?!). In the end, they have a lot of artifacts but you can see the same for free in Melide. No pilgrim discount. Receptionist lacks friendliness.

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