Museums

  • Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
    The origins of the present gallery date back to the Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1908 and opened to the public in 1914, and the Museum of Modern Art, opened in 1924. The two institutions and their respective collections effectively merged in 1945, when the original museum building was erected. A modern extension was added in 1970, and major removation was carried out in 2001, giving the museum its current appearance. The museum collection contains over ten thousand items, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper and applied arts, covering the period from the thirteenth century to the present. There are important examples of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are the paintings from the Spanish and Flemish schools as well as a large collection of works by Basque artists. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
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  • Simón Bolívar Museum ...
    The Errementarikua farmhouse, home to the Simón Bolívar Museum since 1983, stands on the coastal route of the Camino de Santiago. The exhibitions show the life of local people in the Middle Ages and the personal and political career of Simón Bolívar. -Ground floor: collection of images of Simón Bolívar. This floor also houses temporary exhibitions. -First floor: information on the Middle Ages (landscape, way of life based on livestock and arable farming, importance of the churches of Bolibar and Zenarruza, use of wood to make charcoal, economic activities –forges and mills– and the foundation of chartered towns). -Second floor: The life and times of Simón Bolívar (Venezuela 1783-Colombia 1830). Genealogy, Bolívar s travels to Europe; his time in Bilbao and Madrid, political pieces by Bolívar and the geography of the independence movement. Simón Bolívar Museum
  • Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
    The items on display in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art come from churches, chapels and convents across Bizkaia. Many of them were made in the province by local artists. Others came from elsewhere, but were commissioned here. It is not a museum of art, but a museum of the Biscayan art of the last 800 years - from the Romanesque period to the present day. The museum occupies the two storeys of the former La Encarnación convent in Atxuri. The first floor contains an outstanding collection of gold and silverware, including some magnificent local pieces and imposing works gifted by Biscayans who had made good the Americas but never forgot their native parishes. This floor also houses the hall of contemporary religious art, with work by notable artists from the last century: Larrea, Uranga, Romero de Torres, etc. The second floor shows the evolution in sculpture and painting from the Romanesque to the Neoclassical periods, with works by Beaugrant, Luca Giordano, Carnicero, Paret and others. Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
  • Durango Museum of Art and Hist...
    The Durango Museum of Art and History is a public services trust set up by Durango Town Council in 1984. The museum is located in the Etxezarreta Palace, at Calle San Agustinalde, No. 16. History Museum: History Room I, on the ground floor includes an explanation of the cultural, juridical and political history of the chartered town of Durango, with plans, graphs, maps, utensils and clothes. Room II, on the second floor, contains an exhibition on some of the most eminent historical figures from the town, with paintings by artists including Manuel Losada, Alberto Arrupe, Julián Tellaeche and Antonio M. de Lecuona. There is also information on a number of historical incidents, particularly during the Carlist Wars. Art Museum : On the third floor, there is a collection of Basque paintings, with work by Aquerreta, Darío Urzay, Ibarrola, Ruiz Balerdi, Zumeta, Urcelay, Mari Puri Herrero and Nagel. Durango Museum of Art and History
  • Las Encartaciones Museum
    This is most iconic building in the Encartaciones area. Originally created as an Assembly Hall, it was the centre of political government in the region for centuries. Today it houses a museum and is a cultural reference point for the region. The most recent of many restorations was completed in 1989, when a new modern block was added in front of the tower and the interior of the assembly hall and the house of the Corregidor were refurbished. The Las Encartaciones museum opened in 1994. Owned by the Provincial Assemblies of Bizkaia, it contains eight rooms showing the history of the area from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. Its primary functions are to publicise the history, heritage and art of the Las Encartaciones area: Research into local culture. Staging of exhibitions on the culture of Las Encartaciones and the province of Bizkaia. Publication of historical and artistic studies. Educational activities to show pupils the different cultural aspects of the world of Las Encartaciones. Other cultural activities: lectures, tours, collaboration with institutions and individuals, etc. Las Encartaciones Museum
  • Basque Museum
    The Basque Museum, founded in 1921, stands in the heart of Bilbao s Old Quarter, in the former Jesuit School of San Andrés, built in the seventeenth century. The three-storey museum centres around an austere cloister housing one of the most iconic pieces in the collection, the Mikeldi, a zoomorphic sculpture dating from the Second Iron Age. The museum collection includes a wide spectrum of items illustrating Basque culture and history, with particular emphasis on traditional items. It is divided into two large blocks: Basque history and Basque ethnography. These objects stand testimony to the everyday life of the Basque people throughout history. Ground floor Mikeldi, reproduction of the Kurutziaga Cross and “Victoria” horse-drawn carriage First floor: Ethnography The Culture of Shepherding, The Basques and the Sea and Textile Crafts: Linen and Wool Second floor: Ceramics and Ironworking Popular Basque Pottery, China and Porcelain and model of the Lebario forge (scale 1:5) Third floor: History Model of Bizkaia (Horizontal scale 1:5000/Vertical scale 1:2500 - 200 square metres) "Consulado de Bilbao" and Historical Maps Basque Museum
  • Museum of the Basque Country
    The Museum of the Basque Country is situated in the Baroque palace of Alegría, rebuilt in 1733. The Provincial Government of Bizkaia acquired the premises in 1982 and rehabilitated it as the Museum of the Basque Country. Its mission is to help illustrate the historical, political and cultural significance of the region and explain the principal characteristics of the Basque spiritual community. The museum is distributed in four floors. The ground floor is devoted to the physical environment, which conditions the country s ways of life. The first floor is given over to the region’s history and the events leading to the current political arrangement. The second and third floors address such important themes as sport, folklore, festivals, music, dance, beliefs and mythology. The top floor also contains an area for temporary exhibitions. If you have an interest in the Basque Country, this is the perfect place for discovering its history. Museum of the Basque Country
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
    The Guggenheim Bilbao is one of the most relevant museums of modern and contemporary art in the international scene, as well as the most important touristic highlight in the Basque Country. Every year the Museum receives approximately one million visitors from all over the world who are attracted by its high quality art program and the certainty of living a unique experience. The museum programme combines exhibitions of the permanent collection, comprising items from the various museums in the Guggenheim network, with an ambitious range of temporary exhibitions. The magnificent building housing the museum was the brainchild of American architect Frank Gehry who designed a large sculpture in organic forms using singular materials including limestone, glass, and the characteristic titanium sheathing much of the exterior. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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