Navarra Museum
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University of Navarra Museum, the meeting place with art

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University Of Navarra Museum, The Meeting Place With Art

Art improves life. It is a phrase by Antonio López García very present in the University of Navarra Museum. Since its inauguration in 2015, any citizen of Pamplona and anyone who visits the city can learn to look, think and grow through art.

In a society where everything goes so fast, it is necessary to learn to stop and contemplate calmly. Art is thus an element of external knowledge but also of personal growth.

In addition to being a teaching resource, the Museum is open to the general public of any age. It is a cultural proposal of undoubted interest for the people of Pamplona and also for tourists who come to the Navarran capital. Its construction makes a nod to the Autonomous Community using the colour of the Bardenas, one of the most tourist areas of Navarra, without forgetting that it is the work of the architect from Tudela Rafael Moneo.


Located in the University Campus in Pamplona, ​​with easy access from anywhere in the city, the Museum will surprise visitors with its spaces and unique atmosphere. It will bring them closer to art with its collection, temporary exhibitions and the music and theatre program and dance.

It is a professional museum where the user is in contact with the artists and the collection. The collection inspires artists, and both inspire the public to promote encounter, enjoyment and reflection.


The Museum’s collection has its origin in the legacy of José Ortiz Echagüe, which has its own exhibition space, and in the donation of the patron María Josefa Huarte, which can be visited from October 6. For this collector, art should be available to everyone to improve her life, just as it had improved hers.

The Museum Collection invites us to explore all the themes and techniques of photography from its origins to the present and its impact on other artistic trends such as modernity or abstraction.

It is a living collection. The people in charge of the collection invited contemporary artists from the beginning to be inspired by it to develop their projects through the Tender Puentes program, which proposes a dialogue between contemporary artists and others belonging to the Museum’s collection.

The collection’s pieces are present in a thousand ways in temporary exhibitions, dance initiatives, and the Museum’s programming …

The season opens on September 8 with ‘ Environment meeting exploration ‘on how the pandemic has changed our relation to the environment. This exhibition invites us to reflect on the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and highlights the importance of human contact and the exploration of everyday spaces.

An exhibition will follow this by Cristina de Middel, which includes a Tender Puentes project, and another by Manolo Laguillo, which also shows the footprint of Las Provincias, his Tender Puentes project inspired by the collection.


If the soul of the Museum is its collection, it could be said that it has two hearts: the visual arts and the performing arts and music.

The performing arts season will open on the 16th with a performance by the National Dance Company, with the artistic direction of Joaquín De Luz.

From October 2 to the end of November, Museo en Danza will offer a varied and innovative sample of dance proposals. Among them, a participatory choreographic creation project whose result, ‘Creacción’, will be premiered at the Museum on November 6 by the company Metamorphosis Dance.

And along with all this, conferences and workshops, school programs and activities are specifically designed for all those who wish to approach contemporary art or themselves through art.

The Museum offers different types of visits: free visits during the Museum’s opening hours, guided visits from Tuesday to Friday (except in summer) at 6 pm and on weekends at 12 pm, dramatized on the first Sunday of the month at 12 noon and online visits every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 pm.

The dramatized visits put the Museum’s exhibitions in context and within reach of the little ones. Led by young guides and as if it were a game, the group goes through the rooms and shares impressions about the works with a short story as the common thread.