Art & Culture


The Costume Museum, a different view of our past

In the heart of Errenteria's old town, the 17th-century baroque house Kapitain Etxea houses a treasure trove of textiles: the ‘Jantziaren Zentroa’ Costume Centre. The building, dating from 1638, is a good way of learning about the origins of this town in Gipuzkoa province, making it the ideal place for visitors to discover a different view of history, one that's both unique and fun. Jantziaren Zentroa offers the chance to appreciate our culture, customs and tastes from the 16th to the 20th century, through the rich fabrics, colours and patterns of the clothes on show.


All this is thanks to the work of Iraultza Dantza Taldea, which has studied Basque dress for 20 years, seeking information in photographic archives, documents and publications and examining original clothing. In order to explain each costume and its time, the fashion of the day in Europe was studied.


The permanent exhibition is divided into two rooms. In the "Indumentaria popular" or "Ordinary Clothing" room you can see clothes worn by ordinary people in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of the items are donated by families in the Basque Country. Upstairs, the exhibition entitled “Evolución de la indumentaria” or "Evolution of Clothing", offers a brief review of fashion from the 18th to 20th centuries, with garments worn by noble, bourgeois or well-off families and acquired by Iraultza dantza taldea over the years.


Moreover, Jantziaren Zentroa has reproduced five sets of women's clothing from the 16th to 20th centuries. These are divided in half: on one side you can see the clothes from the outside, as in the exhibition rooms, and on the other the hidden part of the costume - all the parts that give it shape and volume, frames and ways of fastening the clothing. These costumes are an option for blind people or those with reduced visibility, as they can be touched to feel what is being talked about.


Jantziaren Zentroa also offers visitors the chance to experience the feel of the clothing. At the end of the visit there is a 19th-century oak wardrobe; visitors opening it are invited to try on the clothes inside and see their "new" look in a mirror.


Entrance: 3 euros, free for children under 5 years old.


The centre opens on Saturday mornings and afternoons from 11am to 2pm and from 5 to 8pm, and on Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 2pm.


There will be guided tours in Basque and Spanish, for a price of 5 euros if a group of 5 people can be made up, by prior arrangement: call the Errenteria tourist office on 943 49 45 21 or Jantziaren Zentroa on 943 44 96 92.


On the first Sunday in the month there is a tour in Basque, and on the second one in Spanish.

Information of interest

Kapitain Etxea, Calle Kapitanenea 6 - 20100 Errenteria
Opening hours

Saturdays: 11:00-14:00 / 17:00-20:00 Sundays and public holidays: 11:00-14:00 *Closed: 1st and 6th January, 1st May and 25th December