Basque Costumbrism and Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries
It is set in the Conde de Dávila house-hotel, built in 1912 by architects Luque and Apraiz in a style inspired by Renaissance palaces.
It became a museum for fine arts, armoury and archaeology in 1941. Over time, armoury and archaeology became increasingly important in terms of research and funding, and ended up moving to their own spaces. The Álava Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries and to Basque Costumbrism between 1850 and 1950. It is funded by the Álava regional government, as well as deposits from the Prado Museum and the Fernando Amárica Foundation. The collection mostly displays portraits and landscapes, with works by artists such as Vicente López, Joaquín Sorolla, Carlos de Haes, Ignacio Zuloaga and Gustavo de Maeztu. It also features bronze sculptures by sculptors like Benlliure, Julio Antonio and José Clará.