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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.


General Details

Director:Felícitas Lorenzo
Address: Palacio Alegría. c/ Allendesalazar, 5. 48300. GERNIKA-LUMO
Telephone: 94 625 54 51


  • General schedule

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 2pm / 4pm - 7pm
Sundays: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Public holidays: 10.30am - 2.30pm / 4pm - 7.30pm
Monday: Closed (except public holidays last Monday in October)

  • Summer schedule (July August)

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 2pm / 4pm - 7pm
Sundays mondays: 10.30am - 2.00pm
Public holidays: 10.30am - 2.30pm / 4pm - 7.30pm

Complementary Services

  • Guided tours: for groups (minimum 10 people) with prior appointment
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Workshops for schoolchildren families
  • Lectures
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle parking


  • General: €3
  • Reduced rate: €1.50 (OAP card holders, over-65s, under-26s, student card holders, people with disabilities, unemployed, NEKATUR card groups of 10 more people).
  • Free admission: Children under 12,people accompanying school groups,ICOM card,teacher’s card, NagusiCard, Puntuan Card, International Museums Day (18 May), Day of the Museums of the Basque coast(June), anniversary of the bombing of Gernika (26 April) all Saturdays (Museum Day).
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