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. Make Guggenheim Museum Bilbao part of your personalized Bilbao itinerary using our Bilbao journey builder tool.
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  • The Guggenheim Museum is located in the most advantageous place in Bilbao - in a bend of the river Nervion. The famous creation of Frank Gary looks like a ship, or an artichoke, or a budding rose...  more »
  • The most iconic of all buildings in Bilbao. The Puppy is the highlight along with The Spider, The Tulips and The Silver Balls.. ... but all of these are outside and easy accessible without paying an....  more »
  • The structure is truly impressive, but much of the art works were well beyond my ability to imagine or appreciate. I am still a fan of the masters.  more »
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  • Spent sometime photographing the building in the evenings, and back inside in the morning watching the light moving across the building. The artwork probably lots of people can’t relate, but they are first rate. A few pieces you walk on by like a whole room of this (?!) and then wander back to look a little closely, it does have inner message. The discourse (9 color blobs) in the Warhol room for example, is really meaningful but looks haphazard which explains why the artist piece wasn’t well received in the beginning of days and for us the casual walk by tourists. You have to have some imagination to appreciate them. And the world has lots of people who are alphabetical. The video of the witch, Tremble Tremble, I had a nice nap in there and woke up thinking this is powerful stuff! A woman playing God, but yeah it’s supposedly a powerful witch playing disturbances at the judgement podium. But art is subjective, no? I just loved the hands curtain waving wrapping around the audience, you feel like she is really got a grasp over this, can’t escape her! I loved it. Just one show room was closed for prep. Bummer!
  • A fantastic museum in an up-and-coming city with much character. Great collection, especially of sculptures, with designs, forms and movement as fascinating as that of the museum's architecture itself. The Guggenheim was one of the three highlights of my weekend trip to Bilbao --the other two being a concert I flew in to watch, and the great food/ambiance of this city that reinvented itself from its industrial roots.
  • Some say “there’s not much to see except the building”. The building is stunningly beautiful and a lot bigger than it seems, a city inside the city. But that’s not all. The collections are first class, varied, with lots of moments when you think “Oh my God! I didn’t know it was here!!!” The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and polyglot. I’ll be back…
  • Amazing space, volumes and lighting! Exhibitions inside are all worth a look, although it is highly likely that not all inspire you. The whole tour (unless you stop at every pace) takes between two and three hours. Lots of abstract and modern art!
  • Everyone told me i had to go. I live museums and architecture is my favorite, and this place was stunning just to look at. Even without walking in you are seeing some incredible pieces. And the building itself is a masterpiece. I couldn't stop staring up at the ceiling! Now for the collection itself: if you like modern art you'll love this museum. If you don't like modern art, their classical collection is fantastic. Even the modern art was not too over my head which i appreciated. The bottom floor exhibits were fun and interactive, and if you like to take photos with cool backgrounds some of their exhibits allow photography! Would recommend to anyone visiting Bilbao to spend an afternoon in this museum. Completely worth it and if i return to this city you'll see me at the Guggenheim again!

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