Museo Fournier de Naipes de Alava, Vitoria-Gasteiz

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The Museum of Fournier de Naipes is a playing card museum located in Vitoria, Spain. It originated as a private collection in 1916 by Félix Alfaro Fournier, the grandson of the founder of Naipes Heraclio Fournier. It was bought by the government of Álava and was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1984. In 1994, it moved to its current location in the Bendaña palace which it shares with the Álava Museum of Archaeology.BuildingThe Fournier Museum of Playing Cards is located at the Bendaña Palace, whose courtyard is the beginning of this tour. This Renaissance building was built in the first half of the 16th century. In 1525, Juan López de Arrieta ordered its construction on a piece of land belonging to his family, on the place that once was the defensive medieval tower of the old House of Maestu. Although it was built in the middle of the Renaissance, the building shows some elements of the late Gothic period, such as the pointed-arch gate of the main façade at Cuchilleria Street or the starred octagonal vault on the inner stairs. The organisation and the Renaissance decorative shapes are found mainly in this courtyard, which is a typical example of residential palaces of that time, with three floors of open arched corridors.CollectionThe collection of the Fournier Museum of Playing Cards was started by Félix Alfaro Fournier in 1916, when he succeeded his grandfather Heraclio Fournier in the factory after his death.In 1984, the Alava Provincial Council purchased the collection, that at that time included approximately 3,400 decks of cards, which they exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum of Alava, located at the Augustin Palace. From that moment, the funds of the collection continued increasing and so did the necessity for a bigger space. So, in 1994, the collection was moved to the Bendaña Palace.
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  • The Fournier Museum of playing cards is located right next to the archaeological, annex to it. It is located in the Centre of Vitoria, near the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the doorway and the Artium. Located in Bendaña Palace, a Palace from the 16th century with a quite moved history has finished being property of the Diputación Foral de Álava and, thus, the headquarters of the Fournier Museum of playing cards. The entrance is completely free and it is a very interesting collection of cards ranging from mid-15th century to, virtually, our days, with decks of cards of all types and sizes. There is also, on the ground floor (with access) with various gadgets and machines for the manufacture of tiles, as well as temporary exhibitions. Its entrance is completely free and is, as I said at the beginning, annex to the Archaeological Museum of Vitoria, for what a visit joint is one of the best options that we can be in the city of Alava.
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  • It is a museum you can learn history cards. It was with a collection of the world's best. Playing a variety of exhibits.
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  • You can not miss this museum. Incredible and fantastic. Discover how it all began. Incredible collection of international cards. All a discovery.
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  • Fine small playing card museum. Unique collection worth a visit. We enjoyed it.
  • Nice architecture both old and modern. The content is interesting. If only the information on offer was also offered in English.
  • More fun than expected and definitely worth visiting (especially since it's free). The archaeology museum next door is underwhelming in comparison, but worth walking through.
  • Free Museum. The very interesting collection of cards. The Museum of archaeology is very well illustrated with videos. Ideal for visiting without haste and with minors.
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  • Pure history through the cards in that Museum and pure history through the remains of our ancestors. Very didactic and educational. I recommend it
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