Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao

Housed in a building that is widely regarded as architect Frank Gehry’s masterpiece, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao contains a large collection of contemporary art. The museum is seamlessly integrated into its urban surroundings, featuring interconnecting shapes of stones, glass, and titanium on a 32,500 sq m (350,000 sq ft) site along the Nervion River in the old industrial heart of the city. While modest from street level, the building is most impressive when observed from the river, and many travelers consider simply seeing the site from this viewpoint the highlight of their visit to the city. Yet the treasures inside are the real attraction for art lovers from around the world. The museum features numerous exhibits of works by prominent Spanish and international artists. It generally hosts thematic temporary shows, though the highlight is a series of steel sculptures designed by prominent artist Richard Serra. Check the schedule for daily tours, lectures, workshops, and regular evening events. To visit Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on your trip to Bilbao, use our Bilbao vacation generator.
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  • August 20, 2017
    My wife and I enjoyed the Fin de Siecle exhibition and learned a lot from the audio guide, which explained the work of many French artists of that time. There were many important works of art in this ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    It's a must place to visit in Bilbao. Nice & modern museum, incredible arts pieces to watch. You must have time to spend on it, at least 2 hours to enjoy all the art rooms. Don't miss it.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Museum of spectacular and extraordinary architecture and dimensions located in the heart of Bilbao overlooking the Nervión estuary and the legendary University of Deusto and close to the beautiful Doña Casilda Park. We recommend visiting it both for its art exhibitions outside where is located the source of fire and the sculpture "MOM" better known as the spider. Visit that he will not leave indifferent anyone visiting it for its beauty and location. Totally recommended.
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  • A lot of galleries with a lot of different things. People think modern art and they think a tube of paint nailed to an oar - this place is not like that. A good range covering many styles and eras. Something for everyone, even real traditionalists will find something they can enjoy.
  • One of the most unique and beautiful museums in the world! Each floor makes you steps into a different world - be it surrealism or abstract art. The best part is that there are a lot of exhibits which are interactive. A lot of fun and a must visit !
  • It really isn't my type of art... I left quite indifferent. I guess that for the lover of abstract art it must be very good. They had a lot of different artists on expo and the space is just gigantic (it is way more than you can do in a single day, if you like it and intend to inspect it all). Do not forget to visit the third floor, it was the most impressive for me.
  • Gehry's building is fantastic; it is a prelude to the art within. My highlight was Serra's "The Matter of Time". I would have paid the ticket price just to experience that.
  • Although I am not a modern artsy person, the building's size and architecture is very impressing both from the outside and the inside. Furthermore, the route is easy to follow, and some art works are impressive.

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Where to stay in Bilbao

Thanks to the Bilbao's safe and newly renovated metro system, all neighborhoods are any easy commute regardless of the city's characteristic rainy weather. The Casco Antiguo, or old quarter, is undoubtedly the heart of the city's and best place for trying the famous "pintxos" or small appetizers. Small boutique hotels and family-owned pensions provide affordable and convenient accommodation for those wishing to get to know this picturesque district. If you prefer a more tranquil experience away from the lively bar culture characteristic of the old quarter you might wish to stay in one of the many hotels that line the beautiful Nervión River leading down from the historical district to the Guggenheim museum.
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