The San Telmo Museum is housed in a former convent built in the mid-sixteenth century by Dominicans. Nieto Sobejano designed a contemporary extension next to the old monastery. Their intervention is two fold: first they remove the result of a long process of successive modifications on the old building. This way the physical and functional character of the historical building can be appreciated again. Secondly, they propose a new anex, in-between the Monte Urgull and the old building. This extension is not much more than a new green wall, defined by the existing topography. This new facade is a perforated metal skin, enveloped in plants which will blend the new architecture with the vegetation on the hill. The annex houses a new entrance, new areas for cloakrooms, shop, auditorium, media-room, didactic hall and cafeteria and 2 pavilions with temporary exhibitions.
The museum is under construction and closed until mid 2011. Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 - 13:30 y 16:00 - 19:30. Sundays and public holidays: 10:30 - 14:00. Closed Mondays. Closed on December 21st, 25th, January 1st, 6th and 20th, and May 1st. In the summer opening hours might differ, check the museum's website to be sure.
How to get there?
The museum is pretty easy to find, at the bottom of the mountain Urgull with the Christ-statue. From the centrally located Boulevard (not to be mistaken with any boulevard along the beach), walk towards the mountain through the Calle de San Juan.
Bus: 5, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18, 21, 26, 28, 25.