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Located at the Euskalduna Shipyard docks, the Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao boasts of a huge collection of nautical artifacts and objects. Spread across two floors, the museum's astounding collection showcases the traces and memorabilia belonging to the maritime activities. A tour across the museum will enlighten you on the nautical history and social and economic development of the people associated with the maritime. The museum dock also has an amazing display of various models of ships. With abundance of interesting facts and legacies to explore, this place is truly a delight for the inquisitive minds as well as for the general public as a whole.
A good way to get to know a community is buy investigating its roots. The Museo Vasco, commonly known as the Basque Museum, is the right place for this endeavor. The permanent collection is dedicated to Prehistoric times and Archaeology in Vizcaya province and the Ethnography and History of the Basque Country. In the Pre-History section, special emphasis is placed on the ancient world of trade, old tools, early fabric-weaving, ceramics, weapon making and furniture. The Basque Sea hall is livened up by fun sound effects: shrill seagulls and furious waves. The Pastoral Culture hall, with bleating sheep and clanging cowbells in the background, will take you back in time. Finally, the Consulate hall, has an incredible model of the entire Vizcaya region. The museum also organizes temporary exhibits. In the shop you will find books, traditional Basque music and reproductions of items. Check website for more details.
The former Encarnación Convent is next to the church by the same name, darkened with the pass of time. This convent, and now museum, was founded by the Dominican religious order in 1515. As well as being a closed convent, many members of renowned families from Bilbao are buried here, and it has served as a military garrison during various wars. The museum opened in 1995 after City Hall ceded the building to the Diocese and the Vizcaya regional government agreed to pay for its remodelling. The reward for visiting this museum is the beautiful square cloister in the middle of the convent, with Renaissance colonnade, and a wonderfully silent and atemporal feel.