What to see in Girona
The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia is a museum institution founded in 1857 whose headquarters is the former monastery of St. Peter of Galligans. Its exhibition areas are distributed among the cloister, the church and an upper level added later in the 19th century.
Part of the charm of this museum, in addition to its impressive collection of pieces and items ranging from the Palaeolithic era to the Middle Ages, is that it preserves the original architectural structure of the convent. This gives its spaces an impressive feel and makes the experience even more attractive.
As with many similar museum institutions, the origin of this museum was due to the confiscation that many temples and churches suffered throughout the 19th century. This situation required that new places be found to safeguard the artistic treasure of these churches.
A large part of the collections that make up this museum come from the Provincial Museum of Antiquities of Girona, created in 1846, and which, in turn, came from many monasteries and temples in the city and surrounding areas.
After the excavation of new sites of Greco-Roman origin at the end of the 1940s, it became evident that there was a need to create a new museum institution that could house the many of relics, artefacts and objects being found.
The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia also houses a valuable collection of malacology and minerals donated by the famous naturalist Isidre Macau i Teixidor. These form its Natural Sciences section.