Bay of Biscay in the morning
Market stalls in the plaza
Mercado de la Bretxa
From the market, we walk several blocks to the San Telmo Museum, built in 1900 to house objects and donations from the citizens of the city. In 1932, the museum was moved to its present location in an old Domican monastary at the base of Mount Urgull. The museum includes a library, permanent exhibits on the history of the region and temporary exhibits, one of which we see today on photobook production.
Model of the museum at the base of Mount Urgull
More photobooks than ever are produced, read, traded, and collected, including independent publishing and self-publishing. The exhibition focuses on contemporary photobooks, including a section on the private collection of Gabriela Cendoya, recently added to the museum library. We wander and enjoy the stories of making, and stories told, in the photographic collections.
Entering the permanent exhibition of the museum, we immerse ourselves in the culture, story, and history of the Basque region.
Museum interior architecture
Basque funeral stallae from the head of tombs
Early Basque tools and implements
Basque clothing through the ages
Leaving the early Basque exhibits, we head upstairs to Basque art and industry.
Art of the Basque region
Industry of the Basque region
We are getting a great overview of the Basque area, people, and life and gaining a good understanding and appreciation of the region. We leave the museum and look back on the modern front covering the old monastery and see it as a metaphor for the collection inside.
Modern entrance to museum