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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 .
Tours To Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $105
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Exterior and Interior Small-Group Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $123
Duration: 3 hours
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Reviews
Impressive building in an impressive sourrounding. And the inside architecture and exhibitions were more than worth the visit. Nice time to visit as the amount of visitors was not too huge. more »
Make sure you check what you want to see as it is huge - famous 20th century artists were on the top floor more »
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!
Loved it. The outside and inside architecture are really impressive! Also loved the art, very diverse. Staff is helpful. Entrance ticket includes free audiotour. Make sure to also check it out at night!
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