MUSÉE BASQUE ET DE L'HISTOIRE DE BAYONNE

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"Hemen sartzen dena, bere etxean da" Whoever enters here is at home. The motto of the Basque Museum and Bayonne History gives the tone. The visitor knows that he is welcome in this France Museum which offers, in addition to an exceptional ethnographic collection dedicated to the Basque Country, temporary exhibitions, à la carte visits, activities for all audiences and cultural activities. As a place for the exchange of ideas and views, knowledge and research, cultural activities and life, the museum has honoured its welcoming motto since its creation.

Located in the heart of the old town center, it contains, on 3,000 m² of exhibition space, more than 2,000 objects and works of art - collected mainly at the beginning of the 20th century - that bear witness to the functioning of Basque society. The Bayonne history, a sea and river port, is also mentioned, at the Basque confluence, Gascon and Jewish cultures...

The museum opened its doors at the beginning of the 20th century. He had taken up residence in the Maison Dagourette, the former residence of a Bayonne merchant. Built at the beginning of the 17th century on the Nive's banks, this building is one of the oldest in the city and is a rare testimony to the type of port housing linked to trade and the bourgeoisie. Classified as a Historic Monument in 1991, it has been beautifully restored and since 2001 has housed a completely renewed museography on three levels. The ethnographic section takes place in the port warehouses; the art and history section occupies the floors of the house. A tour route, divided into 20 thematic rooms, is organized around the argialde, a vast skylight. Nearly 2,000 objects and paintings on display illustrate the different aspects of Basque culture: rural and domestic life, funeral rites, crafts, maritime and river activities, festivals and games, regional history... The room on the relief plan of the Bayonne port in 1805 offers keys to discover the historic city whose roofs stand out behind the windows on the top floor of the museum.

Temporary exhibitions, highlighting a theme, an artist or a historical period, are regularly presented at the museum. Guided tours are also scheduled, individual (Tuesday, Thursday, and every first Sunday of the month) and for groups (on reservation). An interactive place, the museum organizes conferences, events, activities for young people and schoolchildren, and evenings in the summer. The shop displays its books and souvenirs in the reception hall.

Within a walking distance away, on Paul-Bert Square, scholars can visit the museum's library. The latter is nestled in the north wing of Château-Neuf, an imposing fortress built in the 15th century and now classified as a historic monument. With its 30,000 documents, books on Basque culture, newspapers, 19th and 20th century and contemporary journals, this documentation center is one of the most important in the region.

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MUSÉE BASQUE ET DE L'HISTOIRE DE BAYONNE

Maison Dagourette
37, quai des Corsaires

Bayonne Baiona
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General note: 3.9/5
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Visited in august 2017
Musée au coeur de Bayonne à découvrir et faire découvrir, expo permanente du pays Basque et expos temporaires (cette année Tromelin). A voir et revoir
Notice filed on 12/01/2017 
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Visited in august 2017
Musée relativement intéressant qui permet de mieux connaitre la vie des basques au fil du temps, leur mode de vie, leurs traditions ...... Mais il ne faut pas s'attendre à y passer des heures et pour un public de jeunes enfants, ce n'est pas l'idéal.
Notice filed on 09/04/2017 
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Visited in october 2016
Musée intéressant pour en connaître un peu plus sur l'histoire du pays basque. Il y a cependant peu de choses à visiter.
Notice filed on 10/29/2016 
4/5
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Visited in september 2016
Batisse superbe..musee bien pour la devouverte d une maison basque..la culture et les coutumes. Mais rien sur le coté militant ou politique....
Notice filed on 10/02/2016 
5/5
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Visited in august 2016
Musée installé dans une grande maison basque sur les bords de l'Adour . La partie propre à la culture basque, aux fête, à la corrida et à la pelote basque est la plus originale.
J'ai assisté en plus à une exposition fort intéressante retraçant l'histoire du mariage de Louis XIV avec Marie-Thérèse d'Autriche.
Musée gratuit le 1er dimanche du mois .
Notice filed on 08/28/2016 
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Visited in february 2016
magnifique endroit ; rien que la bâtisse vaut le détour . muséographie intéressante et une belle approche de la culture basque pour petits et grands
Notice filed on 08/06/2016 
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situation centrale pour ce musée dans une belle maison Bayonnaise, la culture basque y est bien expliquée, cependant avec une visite guidée c'est beaucoup plus intéressant et il y en a peu, à découvrir
Notice filed on 08/28/2015 
3/5
pour avoir une bonne idée de la culture basque,n'hésitez pas à franchir le seuil de ce musée :vous y trouverez beaucoup d'information pour mieux apprécier les basques si attachés à leurs valeurs
Notice filed on 02/05/2010 
4/5
Visite à ne pas manquer pour découvrir le mode de fonctionnement d'une maison basque et apprendre sur l'histoire des basques. Un bémol car rien sur l'engagement politique des basques.
Notice filed on 02/03/2010 

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