Andorra La Vella

Best Museums & Galleries

15 May 2019
For its small territory and population, Andorra has a quite rich cultural environment, including a variety of museums and galleries. They include many house-museums which display the lifestyle of Andorrans from different times and social groups, some thematic museums with permanent exhibitions, some ancient and medieval art exhibitions, as well as some private collections which had been made public by the owners. All of the cultural tourism facilities in the country offer guided tours in different languages.

The Les Bons Historical Complex

The historical complex is located in a very old part in the town of Encamp. It contains the church of San Romà and also a 4-story former defensive tower, both built back in the Middle Ages – around the 14th century. The entrance is free for everyone – from the middle of July to the middle of September.

Casa Cristo

Casa Cristo is an ethnographic house-museum, which belonged to a family of day workers with no land, who inhabited it at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. A visit to this unique space is undoubtedly a very fascinating and quite illustrative way to get to know the everyday life of this class of Andorran people back in the day. The museum preserves all of their original belongings, some of which will surprise you. Tour guides through Casa Cristo will give you detailed information about the background story of the country in this period. They could be arranged in different languages.

Casa de la Vall

Casa de la Vall is an iconic building in Andorra la Vella, which dates back to the 16th century and has great importance for Andorra's cultural and political history. The building was used as a primary place for the Andorran government, administration, and justice to function for the entire time period from 1701 to 2011. It has witnessed many important decisions, which had changed the course of history and development of the country. As one of the most important places to visit in Andorra, Casa de la Vall is constantly open to the public and offers guided tours in a variety of different languages.

Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre

Pal is a protected village in Andorra, created between the 11th and the 12th century. It preserves a unique rural atmosphere along with some of the oldest Romanesque buildings in the country. The main features of the Romanesque cultural heritage in Andorra are shown in a permanent exhibition complemented with an audiovisual montage in the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre.

 

Museum of Sacred Art

This museum displays a beautiful collection of liturgical holy objects, collected from the many old churches in Andorra. The artifacts date back to the Middle Ages and up to the 17th and 18th century. The museum has three different rooms: gilt work, textile, and paper artifacts. The place is open only in July and August.

Museu del Tabac

This museum is a property of the Reig family foundation and was previously their own tobacco factory. Tobacco production was Andorra's main activity before the country became a highly-developed tourist destination and that's why it deserves having its own museum. The place has a permanent exhibition as well as ever-changing temporary exhibitions, which sometimes outgrow the subject of tobacco production.

La Cortinada Nature Center

This is a place to interact with the different elements of nature, located in the Casa Masover House, in the parish of Ordino. The nature center has a few thematic and constantly available exhibitions of different species from the flora and the fauna of Andorra. The center offers guided tours and special activities for groups of students.

Perfume Museum

A brief walk through Andorra will surprise you with the number and the variety of perfume shops. Andorrans have always had a special thing for perfumes, and that's why they've built a unique museum to display over 39000 kinds of them. The most exciting part of the museum might be the Olfactory Station, which lets visitors experiment with creating different fragrances by using a couple of machines.

Museu Nacional de l'Automobil

A museum, dedicated to the automobile and its implementation in everyday human life in the 20th century. The place has a huge collection of vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, complemented by a variety of smaller accessories like posters, miniatures, pieces of advertising, etc. The museum welcomes tourists with tour guides in different languages and offers options for various group, students and family activities.

Comic Museum

This extremely attractive museum hosts many kinds of thematic exhibitions, workshops, and events connected to the topic of comics, graphic novels, film screenings, etc. In case you want to be offered a guided tour, you’ll need o book it prior to your visit. The space of the museum is adapted for physically disabled people.

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