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History Museums

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  • Beret Museum

    Beret Museum



    In Encartaciones, located just outside Balmaseda, is the Berets Museum or Museoa Encartada. It is located in a factory that was founded in 1892. On display are machines from the industrial revolution that helped shape the textile industry. The belts, pulleys, wool dryer, coil area and other tools used in traditional beret making are perfectly restored. Learn about the entire production chain and how traditional Basque berets or “txapelas” and blankets are produced from wool. The complex includes a residential area for workers, a chapel and a school. 

    Address: Barrio El Peñueco, 11, 48800.

    Hours: Winter: October 16 to April 14.Tues to Friday: 10:00 to 14:00. Saturday: 10:30 to 19:00. Sunday: 11:00 to 15:00.        Monday: Closed. Summer: From April 15 to 15 October and Easter. Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.  Saturday: 10:30 to 19:00. Sunday: 11:00 to 15:00. Monday: Closed.

    Phone: 946 800 778.

  • Casa de Juntas de Gernika

    Casa de Juntas de Gernika

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    A cultural symbol of the independent and proud Basques, the Gernika tree and Casa de Juntas have served as an important meeting place since the middle ages. The current building was constructed in 1826 and serves as a meeting place for the provincial government.

    Address: Allende Salazar, s / n, 48300.

    Hours: Summer: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00. Winter: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00.

    Phone: 946 251 138.

  • Igartubeiti Farmhouse Museum

    Igartubeiti Farmhouse Museum



    A typical Basque farmhouse or caserio, the Igartubeiti Museum takes visitors back in time for an inside look into the everyday life and customs of a rural sixteenth century farmhouse. The traditional press still makes delicious and fresh apple cider. Wonderfully restored, the house is set in a beautiful setting hosting various cultural exhibits to educate visitors about the traditions, history and culture of the local area.

    Address: Carretera Ezkio, km 1, 20,709.

    Hours: From 1 April to 31 October. Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00. Closed Monday and Tuesday. From 1 November to 31 March. From Wednesday to Friday: 10:00-14:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

    Phone: 943 722 978.

  • Conjunto Ferrero Molinero

    Conjunto Ferrero Molinero



    Located in the scenic Pagoeta Natural Park, the Conjunto Ferrero Molinero de Agorregi is an eighteenth-century hydraulic iron mill that shows visitors how iron was mined and processed over 250 years ago. The complex consists of four mills, a massive hammer and water basins that were used for energy to move the turbines. Get a glimpse of Aia’s industrial past in a beautiful natural setting.

    Address: Park Pagoeta Aia-Guipuzcoa.

    Hours: July and September. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10.00 - 14.00 h. August. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am 14.00 h. Rest of year. Sundays: 10.00 to 14.00 h.

    Phone: 943 83 53 89.


  • Igartza Monument

    Igartza Monument



    Located at the entrance of Beasain, this complex includes the Igartza Palace dating back to the sixteenth century, a mill, blacksmith area, stables and cider press. The Igartza nobles were one of the most powerful families in the valley, they played an important role during the clan wars of the fifteenth century. They were eventually defeated by the King of Castile, Enrique IV, the palace remains but the twelfth century defensive tower and structure were destroyed in battle.

    Address: Nafarroa Etorbidea, 57, 20200.

    Hours: Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. You can also arrange tours by appointment on other days.

    Phone: 943 889 888. 943 028 050.

  • Basque Farmhouse Ecomuseum, Artea

    Basque Farmhouse Ecomuseum, Artea



    An excellent example of a seventeenth century Basque farmhouse, the Artea Ecomuseum takes you back in time to observe what life was like during those times. Visit the working flour mill, blacksmith shop, hydro powered carpentry and traditional bread oven. There is also an ethnographic museum with over 1,000 historical pieces on display.

    Address: Artea, Herriko Plaza, s / n, 48142.

    Phone: 946 317 086.

  • Sheep Herding Ecomuseum

    Sheep Herding Ecomuseum

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    Located in a beautiful sixteenth century farmhouse, the Sheep Herding museum is the perfect place to learn about livestock management and the famous Basque Idiazabal cheese made in this area. Many of the tools and objects you see are still used today.

    Address: Erreizabal Baserria, Telleriarte Auzoa.

    Hours: Sundays and holidays at 10:30 Visits and 11:30. Other days by appointment.

    Phone: 943 73 04 28.

  • Pobal Ironworks

    Pobal Ironworks



    Iron is probably the most precious of all metals which have shaped the economic activity in this region over the centuries. Located along the river Barbadún in the town of Muskiz, is the Pobal Ironworks. The complex consists of a sixteenth century palace, a forge, flour mill and a bakery. All the machines are in working condition.

    Address: Road-Sopuerta Muskiz. Barrio El Pobal, s / n. Winter

    Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 14:00. Summer Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays, 10:00 to 14:00.

    Phone: 629 271 516.


  • Peace Museum

    Peace Museum



    Inspired by the tragedy of the bombing of Gernika, this museum invites visitors to reflect on the meaning and importance of peace.

    Address: Foru Plaza, 1, 48300.

    Hours: Winter. Closed Mondays (except mentioned). From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 / 16:00 -19:00. Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00. Summer (July and August). From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 / 16:00 to 19:00. Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00.

    Phone: 946 270 213.

  • Butterflies of the World

    Butterflies of the World


    The collection donated by Manuel Aguirresarobe consists of 7,000 specimens from around the world. A delight for science and nature lovers who will be fascinated by the beauty and life cycle of the butterfly.

    Address: Larretxipi, 5, 20304.

    Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 20:00 (By appointment only).

    Phone: 943 620 993 - 943 626 647.

  • Fanderia Mill

    Fanderia Mill

    This nineteenth century building has a permanent exhibit about the heritage, culture and inhabitants of the municipality. The building houses four pairs of millstones measuring 140 cm in diameter and weighing 1,850 kg per piece.

    Address: Alda. Dolores Ibarruri, 2. Neighborhood Fandería, 20100. Hours, By appointment.

    Phone: 943 449 606.

  • Museum of Art and History

    Museum of Art and History

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    The Palace of Etxezarreta in Durango is an eighteenth century building home to the local Museum of Art and History. This museum has a collection of portraits, documents and maps from the town of Durango and Bizkaia. You will also find modern and contemporary Basque paintings.

    Address: San Agustinalde, 16, 48200.

    Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 to 13:30 / 16:30 to 20:00. Saturday: 11:00 to 14:00 / 17:00 to 20:00. Sundays: 11:00 to 14:00. July and August: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 21:00. Sunday: 11:00 to 13:00. Free admission.

    Phone: 946 030 020.


  • Art and History Museum

    Art and History Museum

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    At the entrance of Zarautz is the Museum of Art and History, housed in the oldest building in the village from the fifteenth century. The museum is split into three levels from the ninth to the fourteenth century. Rotating exhibits include painting, photography and sculpture. Zarautz, is also home to other archeological treasures including a medieval necropolis.

    Address: Elizaurre, 1, 20800.

    Hours: From Friday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-18:00. Sunday: 16:00 to 18:00.

    Phone: 943 835 281.

  • Antique and Classic Cars

    Antique and Classic Cars

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    Set in a scenic green mountain side, within the medieval fortress walls of the Torre Loizaga, is a special museum. The Antique and Classic Car Museum in the town of Galdames is home to one of the world’s largest private collections of Rolls-Royce.

    Address: Castle Concejuelo - Loizaga Tower, B º Concejuelo, 48191.

    Hours: Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 15:00.

    Phone: 946 801 356 - 946 800 226 (Enkartur).

  • Machine Tool Museum

    Machine Tool Museum

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    An important part of the region’s economic development is tied to the machine tools industry which is found in the Basque Country. Machine tools filled a need created by textile machinery during the Industrial Revolution. The increase in mechanization required more metal parts, which were usually made of cast iron or wrought iron. Located in Elgoibar, the machine-tool capital of Spain, is where the first machine tools were made at the end of the nineteenth century. The museum has over 60 machines and more than 250 photographs from the early twentieth century including the first universal milling machines, lathes, shapers and sensitive drills.

    Address: Azkue Auzoa, 1, 20870.

    Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 -13:00 and 14:30 -17:30. June to October: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10:00 -13:00. August: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 13:00 (Monday closed).

    Phone: 943 748 456.

  • Basque Country Mining Museum

    Basque Country Mining Museum



    In tribute to the long and important mining history of the region, the Basque Mining Museum displays the machines, wagons, trains, hammers and mining culture of the area. You can also visit Concha II, once the largest iron mine in Europe it sits 20 meters below sea level and has a 50 kilometer gallery. The museum preserves the rich industrial heritage of the area and is run by an organization of volunteers.

    Address: B º Campodiego, s / n, 48500.

    Hours: Monday Closed. Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 -14:00 and 16:00 -19:00 (20:00 in summer). Saturdays and holidays from 11:00 -14:00 and 16:00 -19:00 (20:00 July and August). Sundays from 11:00 -14:30.

    Phone: 946 363 682.

  • Quejana Museum

    Quejana Museum


    Only 30 minutes from Bilbao exists a beautiful compound from the middle ages with over 600 years of history. Here you can visit the Ayala Palace, Convent of San Juan Bautista and the Chapel of the Virgen del Cabello. Inside the museum, learn about the history of the area, buildings and see the burial sarcophagus of the Ayala family. One of the unique Gothic reliquaries inside is said to contain a lock of hair from the Virgin Mary.

    Address: Quejana, 01477 Aiara or Ayala Valley.

    For visits call: 945 399 264.

  • Basque Iron Museum

    Basque Iron Museum



    In the outskirts of Legazpi, in the former San Miguel Foundry, is the Basque Iron Museum. From mining and mineral extraction to processing for industrial or artistic use, the museum focuses on the long history of this precious metal.

    Adress: Parque Mirandaola, Barrio Telleriarte, nº8, 20230 Legazpi, Guipúzcoa, 

    Hours: From September 15 to October 31 from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 14.00. November, December, January and February closed. From March Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 14.00.

    Phone: 943 730 428.


  • Basque Country Museum

    Basque Country Museum



    Located in Gernika, next to the Casa de Juntas and Peace Museum is the Euskal Herria Museum. The museum tells the story of various aspects of the history of Basque people including the regions physical, political and economic history. Information spans architecture, language and culture over a period of 150,000 years.

    Address: Palace Alegria. Allende Salazar, 5, 48300.

    Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 -14:00 and 16:00 -19:00. Sunday: 10:30 -14:30. Sundays in July and August: 10:30 -14:30 and 16:00 -19:30 h. Monday: Closed. Holidays: 10:30 -14:30 and 16:00 -19:30.

    Phone: 946 255 451.

  • Fisherman Museum

    Fisherman Museum


    Overlooking the old port of Bermeo is the Ercilla Tower, a national monument that houses one of the few museums in the world dedicated to the history of the fisherman. The museum celebrates the life, work and techniques used by the men and women who dedicated their lives to the sea.

    Address: Torre Ercilla. Torronteroko Enparantza, s / n, 48370.

    Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 -14:00 and 16:00 -19:00. Sundays: 10:00 -14:15. Monday: Closed.

    Phone: 946 881 171.

  • Ethnographic Museum

    Ethnographic Museum



    In the province of Gipuzkoa, in Zerain, you will find a small Ethnographic Museum dedicated to the history, lifestyle and cultural traditions of the town. The museum is run by volunteers since 1993, all of the artifacts were donated by local townspeople including antique tools, furniture, utensils and documents that depict the lifestyle of the area from agriculture, herding and mining. While you are in the area you can also visit the Aizpea mining complex, the Larrondo mill and prison from 1711.

    Address: Herriko Plaza, s / n, 20214.

    Hours: Monday to Friday from 10.30 -13.30 and 15.30 - 18.30. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11.00 - 14.00 and 16.00 - 19.00.

    Phone: 943 801 505.

  • Roman Museum

    Roman Museum


    While the Romans occupied the Basque Country until the fall of their empire, their presence was never massive. The Roman Museum in Irun is one of the few locations that preserve this portion of history. The center contains archaeological remains from the settlement of the ancient city of Oiasso, a port city that thrived during the first and second centuries.

    Address: Eskoleta, 1, 20302.

    Hours: September to March. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00-14:00. Friday and Saturday: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-19:00. April to June. Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-19:00. Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00. July to August. Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-20:00. Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00. Monday and Sunday evenings closed.

    Phone: 943 639 353.

  • Basque Railway Museum

    Basque Railway Museum


    Possibly one of the most comprehensive railway collections in the world, the Basque Railway Museum in Azpeitia, boasts a collection of more than 60 fully restored and operational railroad machines and wagons. From steam powered locomotives, traveller wagons, trolleybuses to trams the collection spans more than 150 years of history. During the spring visitors can enjoy a ride on one of the steam powered trains in the museum.

    Address: Julian Elorza, 8, 20730.

    Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 15:00 to 18:30. Saturday: 10:30 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:30. Sundays: 10:30 to 14:00. The steam train in the spring.

    Phone: 943 150 677.

  • Water Museum

    Water Museum


    Water has always been closely linked to the town of Sobrón. During the nineteenth and twentieth century this area was a popular spa location complete with casino, ballrooms, cafes, parlors and small shops. Here the Ebro river passes through the Sobron Dam, the spike shaped body of water marks the border between the Basque Country and Castilla-Leon. Divided into four thematic spaces, the Water Museum depicts the important relationship between humans and water as a precious natural resource.

    Address: Calle Presa, 1, 01423. Lantarón.

    Hours: July and August: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. Sunday and holidays: 10:30 to 14:00. Closed Mondays. September-October: Saturday: 10:30 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. Sunday and holidays: 10:30 to 14:00 h.

    Phone: 945 359 235.

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