Botín Center

Gallery in Santander

Centro Botin, Santander, Sapin
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Tiia Monto

The Botín Center, is a futuristic two-block building, opened to great fanfare in 2017, as an art center, located in the city of Santander.  The building forms part of a larger urban renovation project of the area aimed to establish the city as one of the cultural and leisure capitals of the Bay of Biscay region.

The iconic building was designed by Italian Renzo Piano who was also the architect of Paris’ Centre Pompidou and London’s Shard. The building is covered in 280,000 ceramic discs. It encompasses 2500 sq metres of gallery space for exhibitions of international contemporary art, along with open-air stairways, a rooftop viewing platform and a bright cafe that’s an excellent place to stop for a drink or bite.

The building is aimed both to publicly showcase pieces from the Botin foundation’s permanent collection of art and to accommodate special exhibitions, film screenings, live performances, and art-related educational programs. The Botín Foundation, is a philanthropic institution established in 1964 by the Botín family, owner of Banco Santander.

The Botín Center appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Santander!

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Visiting Botín Center


10am-9pm Tue-Sun Jun-Sep, to 8pm Oct-May


galleries adult/child €8/free

Address: Centro Botin Muelle de Albareda Paseo de Pereda, s / n 39004 Santander Cantabria, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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