Even the city acknowledges its origins as a pilgrimage mecca, today, centuries later this journey is an institution, and due to that, a museum exists that shows historic facts since the late Middle Ages.
The Pilgrimage Museum, State-owned and whose administration was transferred to the Xunta de Galicia -Galician regional government-, was created in 1951 thanks to Manuel Chamoso Lamas. However, it was not opened permanently until February 1996. It is housed in the building known as the Gothic House, with construction features from the 14th century, including, however, important remodelling from later years. The significance that worship and pilgrimage have for European and Latin American cultures, from its origin until today, is showed in an exhibition distributed along eight different halls.