Balmaseda Museum

The museum opened in 2003. It contains a collection of works of art, books, documents and objects related to the history of Balmaseda. It is situated in the former church of San Juan del Moral, founded by Don Juan López del Puente in the fifteenth century, which is in the old quarter of the town, on the banks of the Kadagua river.

The exhibition is structured into six sections dealing with:

History of the town. Founded in 1199 by Don Lope Sánchez de Mena, Balmaseda was the first chartered town in Biscay.

Leading figures in the history of Balmaseda

Cultural events. Easter. Medieval Market. Burning of the town by Napoleonic troops during the Peninsular War.

Historical and artistic heritage. Balmaseda contains important examples of religious and civil architecture and its well-preserved old quarter retains the typical structure of a chartered town.

Industries and traditions. Carpentry, copper-beating, beret manufacture, gastronomy (putxeras and txakoli).

The Jose Ignacio Llaguno Leniz room where visitors can admire original bedchamber furniture and household items, typical of a well-to-do nineteenth century family.

Balmaseda Museum

General Details

Address: Iglesia de San Juan Bautista. c/ Martín Mendia. 48800. BALMASEDA
Telephone: 657 79 58 06


Winter (October through May)

Tuesday –Friday: 10am - 2pm / 5pm - 7.30pm (5pm - 7.30pm only groups by prior appointment)
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 2pm

Summer (June through September)

Tuesday – Friday: 10am - 2pm / 5pm - 7.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 2pm
Monday: closed all year

Complementary Services



General: €1
Free: under-16s and groups with prior appointment

Logo of the Regional Government