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Best museums in the Basque Country


• GUGGENHEIM •

Bilbao

Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. With 24,000 m2, of which 11,000 are dedicated to exhibition space, the Museum represents an architectural landmark of audacious configuration and innovating design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited in it.

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 • BELLAS ARTES BILBAO •

Bilbao

Large collection of art pieces in one of the most important museums of Spain

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• MUSEO SAN TELMO •

Donostia - San Sebastián

The San Telmo Museum, inaugurated in 1902, is the oldest in the Basque Country; today it is reintroducing itself and its new objectives. Working from the basis of its funds, almost totally related to Basque society, San Telmo has been renovated to become a Museum of Basque Society and Citizenship.

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• CASA DE LA HISTORIA •

Donostia - San Sebastián

The exhibition Looking at San Sebastián, journeys through the history of the city and its economic, urban, social and cultural development, making reference to the Basque identity. The exhibition is therefore a great opportunity get to know ourselves better and delve into our contemporary history.

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• CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA •

Getaria

The Cristobal Balenciaga Foundation has a unique collection by the brilliant fashion couturier. Its size, its formal and chronological diversity include from the earliest to the most recent models by the genius from Guipuzkoa.

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• MUSEE HISTORIQUE BIARRITZ •

Biarritz

Hidden in the former Saint Andrews Anglican Church, you will find the Historical Museum of Biarritz, with artworks  and personal objets donated by biarrots representing the most important periods of the City.

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• ASIATICA •

Biarritz

The cultures of the Orient, particularly those of India, China and Tibet, have always attracted the attention of Europeans. But few can spare the time to visit these countries, or the Museums that have the collections of Asiatic art, such as the Musée Guimet in Paris or the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, or those of Amsterdam and Berlin. Moreover, in these museums, the visitor must already be well informed in order to understand the works of art exhibited there. Here, in Biarritz, Musée Asiatica would fill a vacuum because it not only presents unique works of art, but the visitor is invited to sit in their shade and to consult the information cards on all these countries, the periods and the works of art that characterize them. And while he is doing so, he can admire all around him the arts of the region concerned. Musée Asiatica is thus a different kind of museum, the only one of its kind, in fact, where the visitor may spend hours in enriching himself.

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• MUSEE BONNAT-HELLEU •

Bayonne

(closed at the moment)

Around 6.000 art pieces gathered by painter Léon Bonnat, from Bayonne.

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• MUSÉE BASQUE •

Bayonne

Découvrez la culture basque dans ses plus beaux écrins, la Maison Dagourette et le Chateau Neuf

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