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The Arkeologi Museoa was first opened to the public on 3 April 2009 with the mission of managing the archaeological findings in Biscay.

The Arkeologi Museoa is a centre of reference and dissemination channel of the archaeological research of Bizkaia by means of its activities aimed at raising awareness of the history of the province, encouraging archaeological studies and guaranteeing the deposit, conservation and restoration of archaeological materials. Its permanent exhibition takes us from the start of human life in our territory, over 100,000 years ago, to periods in history.


The Museum is situated in a historic building that was once the railway station of the old train that connected Bilbao to Asua Valley. It was inaugurated in 1895 and enlarged during the 20th century. The station had a funeral chapel where the remains of the dead were laid to rest before starting off on their journey to Bilbao’s municipal cemetery in Derio.

The warehousing facilities in this building occupy almost 1,000 square metres, laid out on three storeys, and 700 square metres of exhibition space.

The exhibition.

The connecting thread of the exhibition is time, i.e., the temporal succession of societies that have occupied the region since prehistoric times. It is organised into seven blocks that correspond with the principal cultural periods into which the whole collection exhibited is divided:

- Palaeolithic. Hunters and collectors. (100000 B.C. - 4000 B.C.)

- Neolithic. From hunting to production. (4000 B.C. – 800 A.D.)

- Iron Age. Inhabitants of fortified enclosures. (9th century B.C. – to 1st century A.D.)

- The Roman period. On the commercial routes of the Empire (1st to 5th century A.D.)

- The High Middle Ages. Warriors and peasants. (from the 6th to the 12th century A.D.)

- The Late Middle Ages. Urban life (from the 13th to the 15th century A.D.)

- The Modern Age. New landscape (15th to 19th century A.D.)

The exhibition is completed with 20 interactive screens showing images, texts, sounds, 3D recreations, videos, oculus showing the caves through virtual reality, etc., for all those who are interested in obtaining more information about the topics dealt with in the exposition.



Adress: Calzadas de Mallona, 2. 48006 Bilbao

Telephone: 944 040 990


Open hours

From tuesday to saturday: 10:00-14:00 / 16:00-19:30

Sundays holidays: 10:30-14:00


Research rooms

Conservation laboratory


Attention to researchers

Attention to educators teachers

Workshops for schoolchildren families

Free guided visits

Temporary expositions



Accesible to people with reduced mobility


General: 3,50€

Reduced: 2,00€ (retired card, over 60, young people up to 26, students, disabled, unemployed groups of 10 more)

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