Musée Basque et de l'Histoire de Bayonne

The Basque and Bayonne History Museum is located in the Maison Dagourette, a late 16th century town house on the banks of the River Nive. Opened in 1924, the museum holds the biggest collection devoted to the Basque people, culture and customs. The town house is listed as a historic monument and is evidence of the maritime activity once present in this area of the town. Such well preserved buildings are rare and of public interest both from an artistic and historical point of view. The museum still lives up to this welcoming motto aiming to be a place where ideas and views, knowledge and research, culture and lifestyles are exchanged. Artefacts and works of art collected mainly during the early part of the 20th century illustrate the transition within Basque society through history to the present day.

Opening periods

Opening periods

Useful information

Access :
  • Accès : - Gare ferroviaire Gare de Bayonne : 500Km
    - Gare routière Place du réduit : 50Km
    - Aéroport/aérodrome Aéroport du BAB : 6000Km
Groups welcome :
  • Yes
Individual visits - average duration of the visit :
  • Individual visits - average duration of the visit : 90
Group visits - average length of visit :
  • Group visits - average length of visit : 75
Visitation languages :
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Basque
  • English
  • Portuguese
Information on visits :
  • Information on visits : Installé depuis 1924 dans la maison Dagourette, demeure bourgeoise de la fin du XVIème siècle, le Musée basque et de l'histoire de Bayonne abrite la plus importante collection ethnographique consacrée au Pays Basque. Objets et oeuvres d'art, collectés pour l'essentiel au début du XXème siècle témoignent du fonctionnement de la société basque à l'aube des grands boulversements du monde moderne. Ils racontent aussi l'histoire de Bayonne, port maritime et fluvial, confluent des cultures.
Language (s) practiced :
  • French
  • English
  • Basque
  • Spanish
Accepted animals :
  • No
Conditions of visit :
  • Unaccompanied tours
  • Guided tour by appointment only
Accessible to people with reduced mobility :
  • Yes
Tourism & Disability Label :
  • Hearing handicap
  • Mental handicap
  • Sight handicap
Location :
  • Riverbanks
  • In town
Museum theme :
  • Crafts
  • Farming / rural world
  • Religious art
  • Decorative arts
  • Popular arts and traditions
  • Hunting
  • Gastronomy
  • History
  • Literature
  • Prehistory
Type of heritage :
  • Museum
On-site activities :
  • Workshop for children
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Temporary exhibitions

Customers' opinion

Address : Maison Dagourette 37 quai des Corsaires 64100 BAYONNE

Phone : +33 5 59 59 08 98