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Cristobal Balenciaga Museum

Aldamar Parkea, 6, 20808 Getaria, Spain
34 943 00 88 40
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Getaria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria and lived between 1895 and 1972. He became the most famous fashion designer in Spain when he was alive. The... more »
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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The wives stayed for two hours, and could have spent longer; happily the husbands went elsewhere, so didn't rush us. There's an introductory movie in several languages; you have to push a button to queue up the one you want. The clothing displays have good explanations, are well lit, and well-spaced to handle several visitors at a time.

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New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I knew nothing of Cristobal Balenciaga however, thoroughly enjoyed this museum and learning about this very talented man. Worth a visit if you like beautiful clothes and design.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Balenciaga Museum is a must see. The collection is huge and well displayed. Even the museum building is gorgeous. It's worth every penny.

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oslo
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52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Just having an afternoon stroll around town in Getaria when I suddenly stumbled upon this pretty amazing building. Although not an architectural expert, the building looked pretty awesome in my opinion. Displays and exhibitions were very neat, too.

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Latvia
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29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

In the beginning more a additional reason to visit Getaria, but it was a highlight in the visit to San Sebastian. It was a better experience than the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Through the unique fashion approach of Balenciaga (link with architecture, art, music) the exposition gives a surprising introduction in the world of fashion. An absolute must.

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Scotland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Quite a surprise to find such a museum in a wee village but value for money visit. Had never heard of Balenciaga before but have now. The building itself is really modern and impressive.

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Givrezac
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A fabulous building with a really well laid out exhibition of Balenciagas fashions from his early days up until he retired.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The space is surprising - a Cuban architect attached a whole new wing to a historic house, and, more than the collection, it is interesting to get to know the story of Balenciaga. Don't miss the movie presenting the life of the couturier. Unfortunately, we do not get to see parts of the old historic house, previously a Summer residence... More

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited the museum while staying in Getaria. Balenciaga is a son of the town and spent his early career in nearby and ultra chic San Sebastian before moving to Paris. My partner who has little interest in fashion design acknowledged the iconic nature of the exhibits and we both loved the architecture! A fine piece of modern design.

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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Wonderful building as a starting point then an informative film in English french or Spanish about his life then the main event. So many wonderful gowns and outfits, many of which would still look fashionable today. He was a true genius designer and this museum is well worth 10 euros . There is a temporary display in the old palace... More

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