Balmaseda History Museum

San Juan del Moral Church

As the first town in the province, Balmaseda boasts a long history tracing back to 1199. Thus it keeps a very extensible collection of artworks, books, public records and artefacts – all vivid testimonies to the past and traditions of town.

The museum opened in 2003 and is divided into six departments:

  • The history of the municipality – the first in Biscay, founded in 1199.
  • The most prominent local personalities of the past and present.
  • Holy Week themes (a procession walks across town every year and culminates in a moving Crucifixion represented by a neighbour).
  • Historical and cultural heritage.
  • The foundations of local economy and traditions – carpentry, the hammering of copper, the making of berets, gastronomy (stews and local wines).
  • The furniture from an aristocratic 19th-century living room.

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C/ Martin Mendia, 27
48800 BALMASEDA (Bizkaia)


Mobile: (+34) 657 795 806

Schedule / Notes

❱ Winter scheudle (October - May)

Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays: 10:00 to 14:00

*Afternoons only open for groups

❱ Summer scheudle (Jun - September)

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 19:30

Weekends and banck holydays: de 10:00 to 14:00