San Sebastian Museums
(Donostia - San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain)
San Sebastian offers a somewhat eclectic mixture of museums, which range from the Naval Museum (Museo Naval) - offering information about all things maritime, to San Sebastian's Basque Railroad Museum (Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril) - celebrating the development and history of the railroad.
The Museo Etnográfico de Zerain, on the outskirts of San Sebastian, is worth a look and recreates village life many years ago, while for children visiting the San Sebastian area, the Itsas Marine Museum (Itsas Natura Escuela Museo del Mar) is a must.
Itsas Marine Museum (Itsas Natura Escuela Museo del Mar)
Address: Paseo del Malecón, Zarautz, Guipuzcoa, 20800, Spain
Tel: +34 943 13 1836
The Itsas Marine Museum specialises in all things marine, with large collections of fossils, marine life displays and workshops. Close to San Sebastian, the Itsas Marine Museum is a popular family attraction and also organises local excursions to notable spots with high concentrations of marine life.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 13:00, 15:00 to 18:30
Museo Etnográfico de Zerain
Address: Herriko Plaza, Zerain, Guipuzcoa, 20214, Spain
Tel: +34 943 80 1505
Standing on the outskirts of San Sebastian, the Museo Etnográfico de Zerain is located in nearby Zerain. Recreating historic village life, the large outdoor museum contains a number of period buildings and detailed displays, showing how farming and rural skills have progressed over the years. The museum also features a sawmill, an old prison, a mine and regular audio-visual presentations.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:00 to 13:00, 15:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children
Naval Museum (Museo Naval)
Address: Paseo del Muelle, 24, San Sebastian (Donostia), Guipuzcoa, 20004, Spain
Tel: +34 943 43 0051
Full of naval, sailor and local port memorabilia, together with extensive collections of photographs, scale models of ships and boats, fishing equipment, and historic Basque maritime information about San Sebastian's port, the Naval Museum is worthy of a visit. Guided tours are available, together with an extensive library and important archives.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 13:30, 16:00 to 19:30; Sunday - 11:00 to 14:00
Basque Railroad Museum (Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril)
Address: Julián Elorza, 8, Azpeitia, Guipuzcoa, 20730, Spain
Tel: +34 943 15 0677
Situated on the outskirts of San Sebastian, in nearby Guipuzcoa, the Museo Vasco del Ferrocarril is full of railway history. Containing a large collection of historic railway carriages, showing the development of the railroad over the year, the museum also features a number of trains and related railroad memorabilia.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 to 13:30, 15:30 to 19:00