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San Telmo Museoa

Zuloaga Plaza, 20003 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
(00 34) 943 48 15 80
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$342*
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89%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Sarasota, FL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

As a Basque scholar who has both lived in and traveled around the Basque regions of Spain and Portugal, I believe no visit to that area of northern Spain should pass without visiting the very informative museum. See it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
96 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We really enjoyed this place because it is set out over different time periods on each floor. The setting is beautiful and we came away with a better understanding of the Basque people, history and way of life. They have a fantastic film of men dancing back in the late 1800's which is hilarious and should definitely be seen. We... More 

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San Juan,Puerto Rico
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70 reviews 70 reviews
11 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

You can see both t Sert's wonderful paintings depicting scenes of Basque character and history and also the museum with exhibitions of Basque history and culture.

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Taos, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This museum is highly recommended because it gives a rather complete view of Basque life and history, from art to crafts to sporting events. The museum is in a quiet corner of the city near the Parte Vieja and is within walking distance of many hotels.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A converted monastery that is now a museum presenting items and narration from various historical eras of the Basque nation. It also houses a small collection of paintings, from various eras. It can be a very relaxing and educational visit.

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Naples, Florida
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408 reviews 408 reviews
216 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Great use of an old monastery building. the new addition is fab too. Great collection and special exhibits. Bigger than it looks. Wonderful staff at desk. When we arrived late one day they strongly suggested in the nicest way that we should come back when we had more time. We took the advice and are very glad we did. Nice... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This museum was very interesting. We went on a Tuesday (which was free) and wished we had had more time to spend there. You could easily spend two or more hours looking around. There was a lot of variety in the way the exhibits were set out and it is a beautiful space.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Enjoyable visit to this lovely old building which provided a good overview of Basque history, culture and lifestyle. Very pleasant and helpful man at the reception desk. Audio guide in English was useful and the film show showing the changes in a farming family's life was interesting also how life for Basque women has changed and improved. If you have... More 

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The museum is beautiful (and free on Tuesdays). The collection is varied and has something to interest anyone. There is an interpretive handset to help at various points throughout the museum. The convent cloister is gorgeous.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

If you've got a "main town" with only one museum dedicated to Basque lifestyles, history, and culture, it's going to be a bit difficult to curate everything that's happened in the past two thousand years. This museum seems a bit "all over the place" because there's a lot to be said. When you try to do a little something for... More 

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