Museo San Telmo in San Sebastián: why you should visit in 2020
The Museo San Telmo is one of the most famous museums in San Sebastián, but it’s also the oldest one in the Basque county. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, its more than 100 years of history come together to offer visitors a panoramic view of the culture and traditions of the region. All this make it a visit not to be missed if you’re travelling to San Sebastián. It’s excellent location just a 15-minute walk away from our hotel near Donostia Old Town means you have no excuse not to add it to your plans for San Sebastián in 2020.
The Museo San Telmo: A little history
The Museo San Telmo is more than a museum, it is also fundamentally a place for sharing information about Basque society. It is located in a converted Dominican convent that dates back to the 16th century.
In 1902, it was opened to the public as the Museo Histórico, Artístico y Arqueológico (Art, History, and Archeology Museum), but in a different location. During the 1930’s, now in its current location, it was opened as the Museo Municipal.
The museum’s collection is composed of over 35,600 pieces, organized into seven major areas: Archeology, Fine Arts, Ethnography, Photography, History, Works by Josep Maria Sert, and Museo Bikoitza. Each section takes you through Basque history and culture through objects like stelae, paintings, sculptures, and weapons.
The permanent exhibit provides visitors with a chance to learn more about the history of the building, the key highlights of Basque history, and how certain eras and events influenced the region’s development. It also presents the challenges that humans are facing currently, addressing topical subjects such as equality, sustainability, interculturality, and human rights.
The museum periodically puts on activities and guided visits to foster debate and reflection.
Museo San Telmo hours and prices
The Museo San Telmo can be found in the Parte Vieja area of Sebastián, very close to other famous landmarks like the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Coro, the Plaza de la Constitución, and Monte Urgull.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. General admission is 6 euros. Reduced admission for students or seniors is 3 euros.
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Elena Estomba Garín, General Manager of Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra