House Museum María Pita
The heroine of the city of A Coruña was the second character to have a house museum dedicated to her. In the museum, in addition to know the life of this woman and the battle that made her famous, visitors can discover all the aspects of the Coruña in which she lived, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: its morphology, its political context, their social structure…
The museum stands on the same site that was occupied in the sixteenth century by a house owned by the first Maria Pita’s husband in the Herrerías Street in the ancient part of the city, called Ciudad Vieja. The building was renovated by the architect Arturo Franco Taboada, who kept the old walls and built inside a modern structure.
The central rooms are dedicated to the history of A Coruña, while the other rooms bring us Maria Pita’s life. One of the latter rooms hosts the recreation of the store and the bedroom of her mother, which Maria Pita inherited after her mother’s death. There are various explanatory panels which guide visitors between the objects and the replications of that time.
Finally, in a small room of the ground floor there are some exhibitions and activities related to the theme of the museum.
Text and photo courtesy of Beatriz Doldán, coordinator of the museum houses in A Coruña