Tabakalera, San Sebastian’s tobacco factory for 90 years (1913-2003), is a new centre for contemporary culture with two purposes: to be a centre of production and to offer a programme of activities for the public. Renovation work has been underway on the Tabakalera building since April 2011 with the aim of adapting the former tobacco factory to the requirements of a new centre for contemporary culture. The most obvious changes have taken place inside the building. The main facade has largely been kept as it was with a view to preserving the character of the building.
General admission to the building and exhibitions is free; this includes certain activities in the cultural programme. Tabakalera is an iconic city spot well worth the visit, at least to take a look at the marvellous building and make your way up to the 5th floor terrace to enjoy the views. It also offers free guided tours of the exhibitions and of the building; you only have to sign up for them beforehand on the Tabakalera website.
OPENING HOURS OF THE BUILDING
EXHIBITION HALL OPENING HOURS
|Monday to Thursday: 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.||Tuesday to Friday: 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m.|
|Fridays: 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.||Fridays: 12.00 noon to 9.00 p.m.|
|Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.||Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.|
|Sundays and bank holidays: 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.||Sundays and bank holidays: 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m|
Although not yet open, the Tabakalera building will have a terrace restaurant and a coffee bar at street level in the Plaza Nestor Basterretxea, serving breakfasts, lunches, menus, drinks and evening meals.
The Tabakalera cultural project has the main objective to promote the creation of contemporary cultural in different fields and in all its stages (research, production, exhibition), as well as to generate and share knowledge. With this aim in mind, it focusses on the four lines of work making up its programme: contemporary artistic practices, education, digital culture laboratories (Hirikilabs) and the creation library (Ubik):