Santander has a wide range of cultural reference centres which open their doors to the public thanks to both the public and private sectors. Thus, emblematic buildings and must-see museums are added a large catalogue of galleries that organise exhibitions of great interest and are a good example of this city’s passion for culture.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander and Cantabria (MAS)
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C/ Rubio, 6
☎ Telephone 942 203 120

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 6 to 9 pm from June 15 to September 14, and on Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. From September 15 to June 14, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 5.30 to 9 pm; and on Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. Free admission. Closed on Monday.

It exhibits 800 paintings, 300 sculptures, 200 engravings, drawings and photographs, medals and stamps ranging from the 16th century to the present day. The collection of Flemish, Italian and Spanish paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries stands out, and a portrait of King Ferdinand VII by Goya is especially striking. The collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries is also very valuable, with works by Pradilla, Fortuny, Rosales, María Blanchard, Cecilio Pla, Iturrino, Solana and Cossío, among others. Its programme includes temporary exhibitions of contemporary art

Museum of Archaeology and Prehistory


Este Market
C/ Hernán Cortés, 4

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 4 to 7 pm, and on Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 2 pm. Tickets 3-5€.

Exhibition of more than 1,200 pieces with dates ranging from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. They come from some of the most important archaeological sites in the study of the Palaeolithic portable art, such as Altamira and Puente Viesgo. The museum also has a bibliographic collection of 70,000 volumes.

Cantabrian Maritime Museum


C/ Muelle de San Martín, s/n
☎ Telephone 942 274 962

Open in summer from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7.30 pm, and the rest of the year from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets 3-6 euro.

In its more than 3,000 square metres of exhibition, it shows marine life and the relationship between the man and the sea throughout history. This museum has more than 15,000 objects, 6,500 books, 2,900 maps and 9,000 photographs, skeletons, aquariums, etc. Its collections are structured into four sections: Fishing Ethnography, Marine Biology & Aquariums, Maritime History and Maritime Technology.

Menéndez Pelayo Library and House-Museum


C/ Rubio, 6
☎ Telephone 942 234 534
Open to visits in half-hour turns, from Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 11.30 am. Groups must arrange visits by phone.
☎ Telephone 942 234 493
Open from Monday to Friday from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 6.30 to 8 pm, and on Saturday from 10.30 am to 1 pm from June 15 to September 15, the rest of the year from Monday to Friday from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 5.30 to 8 pm, and on Saturday from 10. 30 am to 1 pm. Free admission.

The Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo Library contains the entire bibliographic heritage left as a legacy to Santander by the Cantabrian writer, which is composed of more than 42,000 printed volumes, 23 incunabula and manuscripts of inestimable value by Lope de Vega and Quevedo, among other authors. Visitors can enter the library in turns every 30 minutes, but the collections can only be consulted by researchers upon prior request. Besides, the Menéndez Pelayo House-Museum was built in 1876 and it shows an interesting catalogue of period objects and furnishings which belonged to the scholar.

Site of the Walls in Porticada Square /Velarde Square


Plaza Porticada / Plaza Velarde
☎ Telephone 942 203 000
Free admission making an appointment at the Tourist Office in the Pereda Gardens.

Within the ‘Another City Under Your Feet’ municipal programme, the City Council has opened to the public the archaeological sites of Porticada/Velarde and Alfonso XIII squares, by appointment only. The subsoil of Porticada Square can be visited to contemplate the remains of the ancient walls which separated the urban environment from the sea and defended the city since the 13th century. In this area, belonging to Puebla Nueva, once stood the Puerta del Mar (Sea Door) which served as a way of communication with the docks and was one of the main places for the transit of people and goods in the city. During the tour, visitors are also informed about the infrastructure that made the transformation from village to city possible, and they are also told about the works made to rebuild Santander after the fateful fire of 1941.


Prince Square air-raid shelter


Plaza Porticada / Plaza Velarde
☎ Telephone 942 203 000
Free admission making an appointment at the Tourist Office in the Pereda Gardens.


Cabo Mayor Lighthouse Art Centre


Cabo Mayor Lighthouse
☎ Telephone 942 203 648
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5 to 9 pm from July 1 to September 14; while from September 15 to June 30 it is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, on Saturday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5 to 8 pm and on Sunday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Free admission.

The interior of Cabo Mayor Lighthouse offers a display of what the lighthouse icon generally means in art. The permanent exhibition shows the private collection of artist Eduardo Sanz. In addition, various objects with the emblem of the lighthouse as a leitmotif are exhibited inside the lighthouse. This is one of the most

Image Documentation Centre of Santander (CDIS)


Edificio Villaflorida
C/ Magallanes, 30
☎ Telephone 942 203 030
Opening hours from 8.30 am to 2 pm.
Exhibition hours at the Ángel de la Hoz multi-purpose room: From Monday to Friday from 6 to 9 pm, and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11 am to 2 pm. Free admission.

This centre is dedicated to the historical recovery through the photographic heritage. Photographs are restored and displayed in its showroom, which is open to the public. Its origin lies in the old Municipal Historical-Photographic Archives but in recent years it has also received donations from individuals.

Future Botín Art Centre


Muelle Albareda, s/n

The Botín Foundation has commissioned Genoese architect Renzo Piano, author of symbolic buildings as the Pompidou in Paris, to build the Botín Art Centre, a construction covered with white ceramic and supported by columns which will look like a pile dwelling reflecting the special light of the Bay of Santander and blending perfectly with its landscape. The building will lean over the sea with a large terrace and a diving board. Inside, there will be spaces for the exhibition of works of art but also training rooms. The project includes an outdoor amphitheatre for 2,000 people and a large square too. The Botín Art Centre is expected to be inaugurated in June 1, 2014, creating a citizen space and recovering the direct contact with the sea of an important part of the city.

Room of the Botín Foundation


Botín Foundation
Pedrueca, 1
☎ Telephone 942 226 072
Open from Monday to Saturday from 12 am to 2 pm and from 6.30 to 9.30 pm, and Sunday mornings. Free admission.
Botín Exhibition Room
Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, 3

The Botín Foundation showroom programmes some of the most important exhibitions in Santander, whether related to painting, photography or exhibitions of all kinds.

CASYC Centre for Social and Cultural Action


C/ Tantín, 25.
☎ Telephone 942 204 300
CASYC Exhibition Room open from Monday to Saturday, from 7 to 9 pm, CASYC UP from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 8 pm. The rest of activities according to the programme.

The intense cultural activity of the savings institution finds in the CASYC one of its reference centres. This centre has a theatre, an exhibition hall and a whole floor, called CASYC UP, which may be used as a screening room, a media library and an interdisciplinary space where creators can develop their works and present them to the public.

Quay Palace


Muelle Calderón, s/n.
☎ Telephone 942 203 627
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm and from 6 to 9 pm.

This small showroom, which was formerly a customs-house, is situated opposite the Paseo de Pereda and its gardens. Eclectic in nature, the Quay Palace has a predilection for exhibitions related to the sea.

Water Museum


C/ Pronillo, s/n
☎ Telephone 942 357 399
By appointment only.

Showing of the history of water supply to the municipality from 1874 to the present day and the natural cycle of water from its collection in the inland mountains to its return to the Cantabrian Sea.

Other museums

Palace of Riva Herrera

Coastal Interpretation Centre
Appointments have to be made by calling ☎ 618 717 613.

Fire Museum
C/ José Estrañi (Ojaiz)
Free admission. Appointments have to be made by calling ☎ 942 200 826.

Sailing School
C/ Gamazo
Appointments have to be made by calling ☎ 942 201 317.



Juan Silió Gallery
C/ del Sol, 45

Del Sol St. Gallery
C/ del Sol, 47

Siboney Gallery
C/ Castelar, 7

Demolden Video Project Gallery
C/ del Sol, 12

La Caverna de la Luz Gallery
C/ del Sol, 11

Nube Gallery
C/ Daoiz y Velarde, 26

Estela Docal Gallery
C/ Peña Herbosa, 11

Este Gallery
Mercado del Este, local 12