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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  • Just a collection of vintage cars. Some of them outstanding but still not enough for a museum. The history of the car might cut it for a fifth grader. 
    Just a collection of vintage cars. Some of them outstanding but still not enough for a museum. The history of the car might cut it for a fifth grader.  more »
  • Very suggestive architectural structures of Museum Guggenheim at Bilbao (Bascos Countries) and its artistic findings inside of it. 
    Very suggestive architectural structures of Museum Guggenheim at Bilbao (Bascos Countries) and its artistic findings inside of it.  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.
  • 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!

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