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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

General Details

Coordinator: Sorkunde Aiarza
Address: Plaza Unamuno, 4. 48006. BILBAO
Entrances: Calle Cruz, 4 and Plaza Unamuno, 4
Telephone: 944 15 54 23


Monday: 10am - 7pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm / 4pm- 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday: Closed

Complementary Services

Guided tours and activities
Rooms for hire for functions


General admission: €3
Reduced: €1.50 (students and groups of over 10 people)
Free: retired people, unemployed, children under 12; and people with disabilities
Museum Day: Thursday

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