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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  • Wonderful building - but so little art. Was expecting a display of modern art that matched the building - some galleries were empty! Perhaps bad timing on our part. Enjoyed the experience... 
    Wonderful building - but so little art. Was expecting a display of modern art that matched the building - some galleries were empty! Perhaps bad timing on our part. Enjoyed the experience...  more »
  • Just Love the structure.wih big space outside area. Its the most iconic place in bilbao. Possible to ser in every corner. 
    Just Love the structure.wih big space outside area. Its the most iconic place in bilbao. Possible to ser in every corner.  more »
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  • Universal accessibility could have been better in terms of signs to the restaurant and back, but if you ask for help, you’ll get it. Definitely a place to visit, you don’t have to be a self proclaimed art lover to appreciate the Guggenheim. They’ve got modern, contemporary stuff, but also great engineering and figurative art. Even walking around outside is wonderful, and I’d say it’s enough to tick the bucket list if you’re a jet setter, but do pop in if you’ve got the time. No regrets. The gift store has a few cool gadgets, too! We ate at the bistro. Great service, weird seating, a bit pricey, but what do you expect… Very tasty food, and all the more energy to continue enjoying the museum and whatever comes next! Recommended as well.
  • Came here on a Monday Morning. It was relatively empty. No wait, got tickets and in we went. The top floor was closed for construction, so had to knock them down a star. Shouldn’t charge full price if 1/3rd of the museum isn’t open. Some cool exhibits. Ours was all cars themed, so worked for us. I would not recommend traveling a long distance for this museum. But it was fun regardless of the long trek.

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