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History

museo de la paz de gernikaThe 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 Mr Smith-after the reconstruction of the city - that is located in Los Fueros Square.
This building was previously been used by the Courts and the post office and Telegraph service.

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

museo de la paz de gernika museo de la paz de gernikaFrom 1999 to 2002, with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture (Fine Arts and Cultural Property Section), among other activities on other occasions, the museum carried out adaptation work on the building. A museographic project was drawn up and carried through, 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). .

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  • obras del museo de la paz de gernika
  • obras del museo de la paz de gernika

The Gernika Peace Museum has been a Foundation since July 2002, with founder trustees the Basque Government, the "DiputaciĆ³n" or Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Gernika-Lumo Town Hall.

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  • museo de la paz de gernika
  • museo de la paz de gernika

And so the museum opened again on 8 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.

logo 10 aniversario del museo de la paz de gernikaThe Museum celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2008 and has its sights firmly set on the future.



In keeping with its desire to be part of a network, the Museum has been a very active member of the following national and international networks for many years now. :

  • INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF MUSEUMS FOR PEACE (ICOM)
  • ICOM: International Council of Museums
  • IC-MEMO (The International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes)
  • AIPAZ (Spanish Association of Research for peace)
  • INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF SITES OF CONSCIENCE
  • FORUM OF PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONS

Mission

The mission of the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation is to preserve, display, publicise, conduct research and educate visitors in the basic ideas of the culture of peace, and the past and present relation of this culture to the history of Gernika-Lumo, so that, together with other history and peace organisations, Gernika-Lumo, the province of Bizkaia and the Basque Country be used as local, regional, national and international references in the search for peace and culture.

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  • fachada del museo de la paz de gernika
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