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. Make Guggenheim Museum Bilbao part of your personalized Bilbao itinerary using our Bilbao journey builder tool.
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  • A wonderful experience just to be in and around the building. Although the exhibits were very good (especially the car designs), the exhibits were dwarfed by the grand scale and magnificence of the... 
    A wonderful experience just to be in and around the building. Although the exhibits were very good (especially the car designs), the exhibits were dwarfed by the grand scale and magnificence of the...  more »
  • its the ultimate place you need to visit amazing pieces there one of the best exhibition in world . great time for sure futuristic 
    its the ultimate place you need to visit amazing pieces there one of the best exhibition in world . great time for sure futuristic  more »
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  • Amazing structure both outside & inside. Worth visiting for that alone. Arrived late en route to ferry so not able to see all the art but sat outside in the sunshine at the Bistro on the first floor, and had a drink. The museum highly recommended & not to be missed. Great shop too!
  • One of the most emblematic cultural temples of the Iberian Peninsula. Designed by the architect Frank Gehry and one of the best-known museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim foundation in the world, Guggenheim Bilbao is located by the river in the distinctive region of Bilbao. And both inside and outside, we have art for all tastes: from the Puppy at the northern top of the building to the giant spider and the flowers full of colour right next to the river, the museum arouses our curiosity and all the good it brings. Inside the building we were greeted by several very friendly and helpful staff, who made our visit even more enjoyable. On the ground floor, several LED were spawning multiple message regarding love, hate, fears and everything that life is all about. Fascinating. The existing temporary exhibition had cars for all tastes and shapes, ranging from space cars to the famous cars from the 007 series, which so well motivated the secret agent within us. The store has a lot of wonderful memorabilia, from cups to art books. Recommendation for visitors: we noticed that tickets were cheaper when bought online (about 50% off). Before entering, we bought the tickets, via mobile phone, to access the museum about an hour after we bought them. As there are many things to do around the museum, we decided to go this way and saved 50% on the purchase of the tickets. Guggenheim Bilbao is a must-see when visiting Bilbao - and I would recommend it all the time!

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