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Arts & Museums
Musée Bonnat is a popular museum that is known not only for its intriguing collection of artwork but for being a haven of sorts for the myriad art connoisseurs in France. The museum is more like an art gallery and archives masterpieces of great artists. There are many spaces within the museum that cater to the works of various stalwarts like El Greco, Goya, Ingres and Degas. Apart from the regular exhibits, a number of workshops, lectures, seminars and so on are also held here. Call ahead to know more.
The Musée Basque is an eye opener for those who wish to learn about the history and cultural of Bayonne. There are various permanent exhibition sections within the museum that are dedicated to various aspects of the city such as clothes, geography, architecture, sports, art, dance, the economics of the city and more. The exhibits are depicted in relation with the time line. Educational programs, exhibitions and other events are held here that provide an in-depth understanding of the French way of living. A visit to the Musée Basque is highly recommended! For further details, do visit their website.
Asiatica Musée d'Art Asiatique is a museum that houses artifacts, sculptures, murals and relics of India, China, Tibet and all the Oriental countries that are exotic to Europe. The museum opens at 2 pm everyday. For more information see the website.
Inquisitive about witchcraft, head to this museum to get a clear insight on all things related to the subject. At the Museo de las Brujas, visitors can go on a guided tour to seek information on black magic, witchcraft and myths of the matriarchal society. Learn all about ritual, festivals and tricks of yore through audio-visuals and interactive displays. The museum has a guided tour held frequently and hosts special events. Contact the museum for more details.
Xabier Santxotena is one of the most prominent sculptors in the Basque region. His work is breathtakingly beautiful, unique and very intricately carved in wood. He has created gorgeous wooden statues, wooden fountains, outdoor sculptures in steel and even some works in bronze. The Santxotena Museum opened in the artist's honor and is home to several of his collections and research. It's located on the vast property of the artist's family.
One of the many arts spaces in Basque, the Galeria Susperregi has a taste for fine arts, modern paintings, and pays particular attention to oil canvases. A not so well known gallery, this one promotes Spanish art and has hosted quite a few exhibits by local artists. A great place to explore Spanish oil paint work, the Galeria Susperregi is a must visit.
A local gallery showcasing modern contemporary art, the Galeria Higuer is a hub of sorts for upcoming talent. Giving recognition to artwork by Spanish artists are the exhibitions and art fairs held at the gallery on a regular basis. The Galeria Higuer has hosted artists like Alfamar, Pilar López de Munain Gil and Susana Zaldivar. Call ahead for more details.
As a castle turned into a museum, Musée National du Château has a lot for you to explore and see. Every floor is filled with reminiscent of the bygone years. The grandeur of the place is evident in displays of things belonging to King Henri and is a must visit to gain a deeper insight into the French history. Call ahead for the precise timings.
You'll find this interesting site just a few kilometres from San Sebastian. The exhibition features the Roman remains found during the archaeological excavation that took place here between 1971 and 1972. These include a Roman burial and cremation site next to a temple from the same period (2nd century AD). The exhibition also features a range of household goods found in the dig, such as metal objects, pottery, glass, bone, etc., and it provides information about the population of this area during the Roman period. Guided tours can be organized if pre-booked. Entrance: free. Take the Euskotren to get here from San Sebastian.
This butterfly exhibition is a private collection of more than 7000 specimens from around the world. The exhibit itself is divided into three sections: the life of butterflies, where the biological cycle is explained pedagogically with documentaries, a collection of Spanish butterflies, comprising most of the species found in Spain together with explanations about their characteristics and habits. And you can also contemplate a collection of butterflies from the rest of the world, with the collection of exotic species standing out for its beauty and colour. Visits must be arranged beforehand by calling the above telephone number. The owner of the collection provides a guided tour. The entrance is free.