The cloister houses the archaeology exhibits. Alongside engraved tombstones, baptismal fonts, stone fragments of hermitages and churches, a medieval cross and coats of arms, there is an interesting collection of discoid steles. This is truly one of the best collections of steles to be found in the world. A discoid stele is a stone funeral moument: a stone disc with a trapeze-shaped base, which was set up over graves in memory of the deceased. These probably have some link with anthropomorphous menhirs, and this is the generally accepted hypothesis.


The Basque ethnographical collection is to be found on the first storey, along all four sides of the upper Renaissance cloister. The visit begins in the North aisle with the foundry and ironworks, and continues with wood carving, carpentry and fishing implements.The West aisle contains embroidered cloths, domestic utensils, and devices connected with local folk practices and beliefs. An excellent setting has been found  along this aisle for the reproduction of a farmhouse interior.


The museum's collection of paintings undoubtedly stands out among the fine arts. It is to be found almost in its entirety on the first and seconds floors of the building, the part which corresponds to the Neo-Renaissance façade.
The visit of the picture gallery begins with a room containing XVth century Gothic painting, where there are some interesting Flemish panels. The second room, given up to XVIth century Renaissance painting houses three " Grecos ". Baroque XVIIth painting is represented by the Italian School -GuidoReni-; Spanish School -Ribera, Valdés Leal, Alonso Cano-; and the Dutch and Flemish Schools -Rubens- are in rooms 3 and 4. We have XVIIIthcentury Rococo art in Lapièce or Lancret , and the XIXth century Romantic School is well represented by Madrazo, Domínguez Bécquer or Fortuny. Landscape painters such as Haes or Martín Rico should not be overlooked, these are in the sixth and last room. The picture gallery also has two separate rooms dedicated exclusively to the paintings of Zuloaga. I n the second floor there is an exhibition of Basque painters: Ignacio Ugarte, Zubiaurre Arteta, Regoyos , Salaberria , Olasagasti , Grupo Gaur , Ameztoy, Nagel, Carlos Sanz , Goenaga, Ruiz Balerdi, Ricardo Ugarte, etc.


Una de las colecciones más interesantes y desconocidas del Museo de San Telmo es sin duda alguna la de armería e historia militar. La cantidad y calidad de algunos de los fondos que la componen la hicieron incluso merecedora, en el pasado, de tener  un espacio propio: el extinto Museo Histórico Militar del Monte Urgull, todavía presente en la memoria de muchos donostiarras y visitantes.

Plaza Zuloaga, 1
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