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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  • Got in free on a Sunday in October. Lovely multi storey museum with loads of paintings to see. It was packed inside with a long queue outside, but they did very well organisation wise and everyone would get in quickly and we had a pleasant time. The outside is spectacular too, with a river side walk.
  • I love this place. One of my all time favorite museums. A -must- visit. Keep your GPS handy while looking for parking as there is not enough nearby. The river walk up to the museum is well worth it.
  • Outstanding collection. Pictures in dimensions - never seen before. Architecture the other top point. Amazing museum. Must see.
  • Amazing space. The collections were mixed. There are two fantastic Kieffer paintings in the top floor, and the large indoor installation of Serra is a great experience (especially the one in the very back of the large hall). I also did a guided group tour, which .. to my surprise... was very good.
  • Amazing energy right next to the Nervion, it fuels the city with vibrancy. The actual showing is distributed on an easy to follow way, exhibitions are trully wonderful (Francis Bacon and British artist making a stand for visual contemporary art with the BBC musicians playing without instruments)