Castillo de San Antón Archaeological Museum
It includes the different aspects of the province and especially the city - its prehistoric workmanship with precious metals, Roman Corunna, Hillfort Culture, Bronze and Megalithic Age collections are interesting.
The museum has a library specialised in its contents and the dynamics of the centre are provided by the Society of Friends which organises a variety of acts, publications, prizes and cultural tours as part of its annual programmes.
Patio: The most outstanding is the collection of medieval sculpture (13th – 16th centuries) originating from Corunna's convents, architectural remains of porticos, tombs, epigraphs, medieval sarcophagi from the Corunna area, the gate of the Montefaro convent (with keystones representing musical angels, one a "bagpiper"). We can also see the Corunna shield from the 17th century, the oldest worked in stone.
Inside, the Hall of Treasure: Here we can see Leiro's Helmet, in gold, from the 7th century B.C. ; the collection of necklaces, symbols of power in hillfort culture, from the 3rd century B.C. approximately; the tiaras discovered at the Elviña Hillfort - Corunna, with astral motifs which are surprising techniques of Celtic workmanship.
Other Cultures: Hall with objects from Egypt, brought owing to the Assuam campaigns of 1960.
Roman World (1st - 4th centuries A.D.): Here are tombs which appeared on Corunna's "Calle Real", Galician-Roman funeral steles with astral motifs, altar stones from the Corunna area, display cases with elements of Romanization and more.
Hillfort Culture: 5th century B.C. until Romanization): We find here elements which appeared in hillforts in Corunna province (Elviña, Meirás, Baroña, Borneiro...), ceramics, domestic utensils, remains of castings and such like.
Bronze Age (1500- 700 B.C. approximately): We will see There are (si se relaciona más al español There are different types of weapons, ingots and pots which take us into a society starting to organise itself and set relationships.
Stone, Neolithic and Megalithic Age (2000-3000 B.C.): This collection has stone weapons, idols and ceramic bowls, normally proceeding from dolmens, large burial mounds. It is an important period with regard to environmental control: landscape, agriculture, cattle raising, social organisation, beliefs and so on. The materials discovered in excavations at A Zapateira, Parxubeira or Dombate are retrospective testimony of the Megalithic era.
Upper Accesses - Cistern: Here we are shown the drinking water provision system for the equipment and reproduction of a boat made of wicker and skins, the kind used in the Iron Age. It was made in 1974 by Professor Fernando Alonso as an archaeological experiment, for the purpose of putting it to the test in order to show that there were already maritime relations with the British Isles and other Atlantic peoples at that time.
Higher Upstairs Patio: Apart from the cannons and merlons, we can enjoy a magnificent view of the bay and the port. It is recommended that you go up to the terrace.
Governor and Chaplain's House: Inside there are elements of Corunna's history, furniture from the Baroque era, engravings, plans, weapons from the 18th to the 20th centuries, mementoes of the Battle of Elviña, remains from the bay and the coasts of the province and more. We can also see the Vestry and the Chapel with the Virgin of the Rosary (Virgen del Rosario), Patroness of Corunna (picture from the 18th century).