Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao

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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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  • The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was a full sensory experience. The building itself is a work of art with flowing lines, and attention to light and design. Our favorite exhibits were the Impressionists an...  more »
  • We aren't at all arty but we thought we couldn't visit Bilbao without going to the Guggenheim. Some of the pieces are stunning; the tulips, Maman (giant spider), Tall Tree and the Eye, the Puppy but a...  more »
  • I travel the world to visit museums and this one is one of my favorites. From the architecture, MASSIVE exhibit space and location in downtown Bilbao it is truly a diamond. Easily accessible and breat...  more »
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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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