The Foundation has the mission to promote, develop and publicise the enormous importance of the figure and work of the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizagirre in the world of fashion and particularly haute couture, and in artistic creation in general.
The Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation is a public sector body constituted on 7 October 1999 and recorded in the Register of Foundations in the Basque Country on 27 November 2000. The Spanish State is present in the Foundation through the Ministry of Culture, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Getaria Town Council.
The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum opened to the public on 11 June 2011, in Getaria. It is also recorded in the Register of Museums in the Basque Country.