Learn about the oldest museum in the Basque Country opened in 1902, and San Sebastian’s family friendly port side aquarium.
Aquarium The Sea Palace
The San Sebastian aquarium is located right on the old port of the city. Built in 1928 it was the first museum dedicated to natural sciences opened in Spain. With three exhibition rooms, visitors get a chance to walk through a tunnel with a 360º view of marine life and sharks. While not very large, a good place to take small children to marvel at fish.
Address: Plaza Carlos Blasco de Imaz, 1, 20003.
Easter to June 30 and September: Weekdays: 10:00 to 20:00, Weekends, bank holidays: 10:00 h to 21:00 h.
Phone: 943 440 099.
Located on Sagrada Familia de Amara and built in 1962 by the architect Antonio Camuñas the diocesan museum features works from sculptures, paintings and jewelry to liturgical objects. The museum is dedicated to research and analysis of religious history embodied in works of art.
Address: C / Holy Family, 11, 20010.
Hours: The Diocesan Museum of San Sebastian is only open for tours by appointment.
Phone: 617 256 284.
Next to the aquarium, in an 18th century building is the Naval Museum. The museum depicts the close relationship between the Basques and the sea over the centuries, highlighting their long ship-building tradition to the important role played by the Basques in the discovery and exploration of new maritime routes in the Pacific. From the Philippines, Polynesia, Micronesia, Japan, West Coast of the Americas and the lands of southern China, the Basque sailors travelled all over the world and left their mark.
Address: Paseo del Muelle, 24, 20003.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: from 10.00 to 14.00 h. From 16.00 to 19.00 h. Sundays: From 11:00 to 14:00 h. Closed Mondays.
Phone: 943 430 051.
San Telmo Museum
In the folds of Mount Urgull, in a former 16th century Dominican convent is the oldest running museum in the Basque Country having opened its doors in 1902. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of Basque culture and society with more than 11,000 square meters and 26,000 artifacts. The exhibit is been divided into three sections: footprints in memories, awakening to modernity and a historical art collection.
Address: Plaza de Ignacio Zuloaga, 1, 20003.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. Closed Mondays, open holidays.
Phone: 943 481 580.
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