Bilbao and the Basque Country

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  • 1. Artium

    Museum/Gallery

    Officially named the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, this former bus station was reopened as a museum in 2002 by former king Juan...Read More

  • 2. Museo de Bellas Artes

    El Ensanche | Museum/Gallery

    Considered one of the top five museums in a country that has a staggering number of museums and great paintings, the Museo de Bellas Artes is...Read More

  • 3. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

    El Ensanche | Museum/Gallery

    When it comes to Bilbao's present and future, it's hard to overstate the importance of the Guggenheim museum, Frank Gehry’s architectural masterpiece...Read More

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  • 4. Bibat

    Museum/Gallery

    The 1525 Palacio de Bendaña and adjoining bronze-plated building are home to one of Vitoria's main attractions, the Bibat, which combines the...Read More

  • 5. Chillida Leku Museum

    Lasarte | Museum/Gallery

    In the Jáuregui section of Hernani, 10 minutes south of San Sebastián (close to both Martín Berasategui's restaurant in nearby Lasarte and...Read More

  • 6. Convento de la Encarnación

    Casco Viejo | Museum/Gallery

    The Basque Gothic architecture of this early-16th-century convent, church, and museum gives way to Renaissance and Baroque ornamentation high...Read More

  • 7. Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

    Museum/Gallery

    The haute-couture maestro Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) was born in Getaria, and the impressive museum created in his honor is a must-see...Read More

  • 8. Espacio Cultural Ignacio Zuloaga

    Museum/Gallery

    On the N634 at the eastern edge of town, this museum has an extraordinary collection of paintings by Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, and others, in...Read More

  • 9. Euskal Museoa Bilbao Museo Vasco

    Casco Viejo | Museum/Gallery

    This be-all-end-all museum on Basque ethnography and Bilbao's cultural history occupies a 16th-century convent. Highlights include El Mikeldi...Read More

  • 10. Fundación-Museo Oteiza

    Museum/Gallery

    East of Pamplona on the road toward France, this museum dedicated to the father of modern Basque art is a must-visit. Jorge Oteiza (1908–2003...Read More

  • 11. Galería Juanjo San Pedro

    Museum/Gallery

    This gallery is filled with colorful paintings of landscapes and rural life by local artist Juanjo San Pedro. ...Read More

  • 12. Museo de Armería de Álava

    Museum/Gallery

    Just south of the park, this weaponry museum has prehistoric hatchets, 20th-century pistols, and a sand-table reproduction of the 1813 battle...Read More

  • 13. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Museum/Gallery

    Paintings by Ribera, Picasso, and the Basque painter Zuloaga adorn the walls of this gorgeous baroque building. ...Read More

  • 14. Museo de Navarra

    Museum/Gallery

    In a 16th-century building once used as a hospital for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, this museum has a collection of regional...Read More

  • 15. Museo del Pescador

    Museum/Gallery

    The craft and history of fishermen and the fishing industry, from whales to anchovies, are the subject of this museum. The tower was built by...Read More

  • 16. Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao

    San Mamés | Museum/Gallery

    This carefully researched nautical museum on the left bank of the Ría de Bilbao reconstructs the history of the Bilbao waterfront and shipbuilding...Read More

  • 17. Museo Universidad de Navarra

    Museum/Gallery

    Designed by local celebrity architect Rafael Moneo, this contemporary art museum opened in 2014 on the University of Navarra campus. It has...Read More

  • 18. Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The heart of Estella is the arcaded Plaza San Martín and its chief civic monument, the 12th-century Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra. The palace...Read More

  • 19. San Telmo Museoa

    Parte Vieja | Museum/Gallery

    In a 16th-century monastery behind the parte vieja, to the right (northeast) of the church of Santa María, the former chapel, now a lecture...Read More

  • 20. Torre de Doña Otxanda

    Museum/Gallery

    This 15th-century tower houses Vitoria's Museo de Ciencias Naturales, which contains botanical, zoological, and geological collections along...Read More

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