Plan your visit to The Fournier Playing Card Museum: Description, timetables, prices, map, cultural events, activities, recommendations.
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The Fournier Playing Card Museum was founded in 1984 at the Museum of Fine Arts of Vitoria-Gasteiz when the Alava Regional Council acquired the collection of playing cards Fournier. This collection is the origin of the museum, which was started by Félix Alfaro Fournier to happen as a director of the company “Heraclio Fournier SA Playing Cards“ to his grandfather Heraclius Fournier.
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The Fournier Playing Card Museum of Vitoria is listed as a one of the museums of playing cards with greater international recognition
The first pack of cards was made in Madrid in 1815 by Josef Monjardín and the second in Barcelona in 1830 by JJ Macia. As of this time the collection is increased by donations from individuals, between including those who are collectors and professional colleagues of Félix Alfaro Fournier, in addition to acquisitions made during trips in and out of Spain.
One of the most important acquisitions for the museum was the collection of Thomas De La Rue in 1970, that was until then in the British Museum in London.
In 1984 the Provincial Council of Álava acquired Fournier collection, which at that time had more than three thousand deck of cards between their funds. That same year the Deputation founded the museum that houses the collection in principle in the dependencies of Museum of Fine Arts where the collection gets to have over 20,000 deck of cards.
Faced with increased funding and exhibition needs, the collection was moved in 1994 to its final site in the Palace of Bendaña. This building is a Renaissance palace built in 1525 above the same site of of the ancient medieval tower of Maestu and located in the medieval quarter of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The museum’s collection shows visitors a historical, thematic and technical journey through the evolution of playing cards from the fifteenth century to the present. The collection contains pack of playing cards from five continents from different periods and techniques that show great variety of subjects, allowing to make a great journey through the art and history.
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The visit begins by the Bendaña Palace courtyard where shown and explained several printing techniques of the playing cards. On the first floor of the museum the visitor can see some of the oldest copies of the collection as a German specification of the high Rhin or deck of cards Provencal dated in the Middle Ages. Also the visitor will see the first deck of cards lithographed in the nineteenth century in Spain.
In the Fournier Playing Card Museum is dedicated a special attention to the history and evolution of the company “Heraclio Fournier SA Playing Cards” which was founded in Vitoria-Gasteiz by Heraclius Fournier and continued by his grandson Félix Alfaro Fournier, the real architect of the museum’s collection.
In the rooms on the second floor are distributed taking into account thematic criteria such as geography, literature, musicthe games, tarot or magic among others.
The visit to Fournier Playing Card Museum can be made throughout the year except Mondays that the museum remains closed.
Price of the entrance 3€
(1€ the reduced and 2 € for groups of more than 10)
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Adress: Cuchillería Kalea, 54, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Teléfono: 945 18 19 20
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