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Basque Museum

A cultural stroll through Bilbao.

Located on Unamuno Square, the Bilbao Basque Museum is in the old San Andres School. This building was the first founded by the order of the Jesuits in the city, before they were expulsed in 1767. The building, with its church and school, suffered many historical vicissitudes between its construction and the expropriation ordered by Carlos III, who expulsed the Jesuits from the realm. Finally, the Town hall handed over the cloister in 1914, to house the Biscayan Museum of Archaeology. This was the starting point for today’s Basque Museum. The number of collections gradually started to increase. Today, each floor is dedicated to a different discipline, but all offer a wonderful journey through the region’s history. The museums houses a range of displays, from carvings dating back to various prehistoric periods and archaeological bastions which bore witness to the first communities in the Basque territory, to written testimonies and weapons used in the Carlist Wars. The Basque Museum therefore shows the origins of this society, and the most significant aspects of its identity and traits. One of the most visited collections is the new permanent exhibition about the Basque ‘pelota’ ball game.

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