Foru Plaza, 1
Basque Country
Phone: 0034 946 270 213
Fax: 0034 946 258 608
Website: http://www.peacemuseumgue

Gernika Peace Museum

The Gernika Peace Museum – formerly known as the Gernika Museum - was founded on 7th April 1998 by the Gernika-Lumo Town Hall in a building designed by Manuel Smith after the reconstruction of the city. The Museum is located in Los Fueros Square. This building was previously been used by the Courts, the post office and Telegraph service.

The Museum may be considered as a museum of history in the sense that it is a guide to the history of Gernika-Lumo and, more particularly, to the Civil War and the bombing of the town during that period.

From 1999 to 2002, with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture (Fine Arts and Cultural Property Section), the museum carried out adaptation work on the building. A museographic project was drawn up and carried out, and the decision was taken to turn the museum into a Peace Museum (the first peace museum in the Basque Country and the entire Spanish State). And so the museum opened again on 8th January 2003 with a revamped profile and a wider range of possibilities. It is now an institution in tune with the needs of our world today. The museum has grown into an attractive, dynamic space, a place where visitors may feel and live out a scenario in which history is taken by emotions and empathy to clear the path towards reconciliation, a place where we may think that we can all work together to shape our own peace.

The Gernika Peace Museum has been a Foundation since July 2002, with founder trustees the Basque Government, the “Diputación” or Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Gernika-Lumo Town Hall. The Museum is a member of the International Peace Museum Network, IC Memo (Section of Memori... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

A permanent exhibition on two floors of the Museum sets out two themes: History and Peace, via three axes or questions.

A wide selection of ideas, concepts, thoughts and points of view in relation to peace -particularly contemporary ideas - in which peace, to solve conflicts, flourishes in terms of relationships between human beings. The history of peace must not be the history of the end of conflict. This first axis or question is discussed in the following rooms:
The paths towards peace -
- The path
- Agreed peace
- Peace of mind
- Blue planet, planet peace
- Peace on a daily basis
- Organising ourselves for one wish: peace
- Action taken in the name of peace: a personal attitude
Peace in the 21st century -
- Peace of life
- Negative peace
- The tools used bring peace

A reading of the history of Gernika-Lumo and the Spanish Civil War, the bombing of Gernika, and the fine lesson in peace taught to us by the survivors of this tragic event through their reconciliation with their attackers, in addition to other instances of reconciliation and mediation for peace all over the world. This second axis or question is discussed in the following rooms:
26 April 1937: They were all like Begoña. A scenography recreating the dining room of a house in Gernika on 26th April 1937.
The town talks to us -
- Gernika-Lumo, a previous history
- The first settlers
- Foundation of Gernika
- Statutes and unrest
- The industrial boom
- Modern times
- Spain prior to the Civil War
- Gernika in the 30's
- The Second Republic
- Autonomy in Euskadi
- The outset of the confl...+ [ Read all ]


20th April to 24th June 2007

70 years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, how is information about it transmitted? How is that important part of our history taught to our children in textbooks?
This exhibition is about how the Spanish Civil War has been taught in schoolbooks from 1939 until today, paying special attention to manipulation and concealing of facts during the Franco era and how it is more objectively dealt with during the democracy, making a thorough analysis of the books published in the Basque Country, other autonomies in Spain and in France.

Previous Exhibitions

The Road to Peace
26th January to 15th April 2007

Argentina: Educate in Remembrance to Build the Future
16th December 2006 to 21st January 2007

Berta von Suttner. A Life for Peace.
20th October to 26th November 2006

Mauthausen. The Graphic Chronicle.
7th August to 15th October 2006

Republic! Posters and Poster-Makers (1931-39)
5th to 31st July 2006

Young Refugees. Struggling Out of Exile.
2nd May to 18th June 2006

Women in Gernika in the 20th Century. Testimonies and Experiences.

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

29th June to 2nd September 2007
In August 1945 two atomic bombs completely devastated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed more than 200,000 people. Those who did not die suffered terrible physical and psychological wounds that will last for the rest of their lives.
By reminding future generations of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, homage to the need for eternal peace and truth is made.


General admission: 4 €
Reduced admission fee: 2 € (Children over 12, students, unemployed, seniors and large families).
Free admission: ICOM members, children 12 or under, first Sunday of each month (except December) and special days (30 January: School Peace Day, 26 April: anniversary of the bombing of Gernika, 18 May: International Museum Day, 21 September: International Peace Day, 10 December: International Human Rights Day).

*Entry to the temporary Exhibitions only is free of charge. Payment is in Euros (€) and in cash at the admission desk. Credit cards and cheques are not accepted.

Opening hours

Mondays: Closed (with the exception of some special days)
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sundays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

During July and August,
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sundays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Getting there

Gernika Peace Museum Foundation
Foru Plaza, 1
48300 Gernika-Lumo
Bizkaia. Basque Country

Tel: (+34) 946 270 213
Fax:(+34) 946 258 608

Gernika is approximately 33km (20 miles) from Bilbao, 30km (18 miles) from the airport, 14km (11 miles) from the motorway at Amorebieta, 105km (65 miles) from San Sebastian, 70km (40 miles) from Vitoria and 120km (75 miles) from Hendaye (France). The journey may be done by road or by train (Eusko Trenbideak), bus (Bizkaibus) or by taxi (+34 946 251 002).

The Gernika Peace Museum is at a central location in the town, Plaza de los Fueros, opposite the Town Hall, next to the Cultural Centre and about 50 metres from the Tourist Office and the Santa María church. It is also close to the Casa de Juntas, the Museo Euskal Herria and Parque de los Pueblos de Europa (which features sculptures by, among others, Chillida and Henry Moore).
Parking: The museum does not have its own parking facility. If you arrive by bus or car, you can park near the museum in the OTA payment parking zone, at the rear of Parque de Europa (free parking), or in the free parking facility on Don Tello street (near the Ertzaintza police station).


Smoking is not allowed inside the Museum.
Large bags (backpacks, bags, umbrellas) are not allowed inside the Museum and must be left in the cloakroom.
Taking photos or film inside the Museum is not permitted (except with permission from management).
Eating is not allowed inside the Museum.
Animals are not permitted except guide dogs for the blind.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. They are not allowed to touch objects in the Museum or run about since this may bother other visitors.
Do not touch Museum objects (glass exhibitors, exhibition objects, photos). They are fragile and may be damaged.
The Museum has a lift which can be taken from the sidewalk or at the entrance and makes access easier for the handicapped or disabled.

The Museum shop is located next to the reception area. Opening hours are the same as the Museum.
The shop sells books, magazines, museum merchandising, souvenirs of Gernika-Lumo, and to publicity for the contents of the museum.
The shop also has other services: there is a section for visitors to obtain information on the town and its cultural activities and activities for tourists, and on other nearby locations in the region.
The shop has a locker area for visitors to leave their bags, backpacks etc.
All products sold in the museum shop can be purchased online, by email (, by telephone (+34 946 270 213) or by fax (+34 946 258 608), specifying the name of the product or products and the quantity.
The product will be sent COD to the address you give us as soon as possible. The customer pays for the product and postage costs on receipt.+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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The objectives of the Gernika Peace Museum's Education Department are to provide a positive experience at the Museum, to bring visitors (schools, families, and other groups) closer to peace education, education in values, and the historic themes of the Museum (Spanish Civil War, the bombing of Gernika, exile and the history of Gernika-Lumo in general), to make visitors think, reflect, assess and act in relation to the two main museum themes (History and the Culture of Peace), to arouse reflections, feelings, sensations and knowledge and to educate people in the culture of peace and knowledge of history.

The museum now runs two educational workshops focusing on its permanent exhibition - one on the culture of peace, and another on history.

The history workshop allows secondary school pupils or other adult groups to enhance their knowledge of certain moments in history in general, and of the history of Gernika-Lumo in particular.
The workshop is run in three phases: A preparatory phase in the class, association or group, an in situ phase at the museum with various materials, including a visit to the history sections (1 1/2-2 hours) and subsequent working material to develop the topics discussed.
Topics discussed in the workshop:
The founding of 'villas' or towns
War of 'bandos', sides
'Matxinada' insurrection
The Carlist wars
Webquest on the bombing of Gernika (didactic unit to be done online)

This workshop covers in more depth the topics related to visits to the peace sections of the museum. This is a very agreeable and participative workshop for boys and girls at secondary schools or other groups of adults. It is structure...+ [ Read all ]


The Gernika Peace Museum provides daily guided tours at 12:00 and 5:00 pm. The tours are included in the price of admission, for individuals and groups to a maximum of 10 with no need for advance bookings.
Outside this schedule, guided tours may also be booked and paid for in advance (18 € per group).
All guided tours are available in Basque, Spanish, English and French, and the approximate duration is 45 minutes. This includes a full tour of the museum’s permanent exhibition.
If you wish to book a guided tour please email the Museum ( or fax (+34 946 258 608) with the following information:
1. Name of the group
2. Person to contact / person responsible for the group
3. Contact address / telephone / fax / e-mail
4. Date of tour
5. Time of tour (any time except 12:00-12:30 and 5:00 to 5:30 pm)
6. Language for the tour
7. Group age
Once the information is received, your visit is reserved.

These workshops offer the possibility of working in depth on interesting topics related to the culture of peace. Each temporary exhibition will have its own workshop and will be directed towards a specific group of people.
The workshops are done from Tuesdays to Fridays.
It is possible to do workshops at the weekend on the following days:
- Saturdays, for leisure and other groups: February 3rd, March 3rd, March 31st, May 5th, June 2nd, October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st.
- Sundays: January 21st, February 4th, March 4th, April 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, October 7th, November 4th and December 2nd.
In order to do the free workshops, you must reserve beforehand.+ [ Read all ]


Kid's Guernica is an international art project created in 1995 in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The basic idea of the project is a call for Peace, which is wished for and by all the children of the world, and subsequently for future generations. The children are called upon to paint on a canvas which is the same size as Picasso's "Guernica" (3.5m x 7.8m). As it is well known, Picasso expressed his protest against the bombing of Gernika (today the symbol of World Peace) in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War.