Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Price Range

6.5 - 15.00

Reviews

4.5

Overview

Canadian American architect Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building, exemplary of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. His design creates a spectacular sculpture-like structure that integrates with Bilbao's urban pattern and surrounding areas.

The museum emerged as an architectural landmark with inventive design and audacious configuration. Of the total space, 24,290 square meters, around 10,560 square meters is reserved for exhibitions. The exhibition area over three floors is interconnected by glass elevators and suspended walkways.

It opened on the 19th of October 1997 to the public as a museum with an expressionist modernist style. The circulation along the riverfront is another urban component. Design and construction were more about an artistic vision than engineering.

Guggenheim network includes art galleries in New York, Venice, Abu Dhabi, Bilbao, and Berlin. The Bilbao museum is part of this network. The idea was, a large cultural project through a collaboration between a private organization (the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) and a public institute (the Basque government) would rejuvenate a city. The public side would take care of funds and site for the museum. At the same time, the private side would provide a group of artworks on loan and management to form the core of the new museum's collection.

Another consideration was selecting an acclaimed architect (Frank Gehry) to create an iconic building that reaches the level of the new institution's hallmark. The spectacular results led to the coining of the term Bilbao Effect to indicate the capability to improve the debilitated local economy through an important cultural institution.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
  • Sunday : 11:00 am to 07:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Plane : Bilbao International Airport (LOIU) is 15 kilometers from the venue. You can board a bus to reach Bilbao.
  • Train : RENFE, “Bilbao-Abando” station. ET/FV, “Atxuri (Bilbao)” station. FEVE (Santander Line), “Bilbao Concordia” station.
  • Bus : Routes 1, 10, 13, 18, and A7 at the stop: "Museo 1 / Henao”. Routes 13, 27, 38, and 48 at the stops: “Alda. Recalde 31 and 11" and "Alda. Recalde 12”. Routes 11 and 71 at the stops: “La Salve / Igogailua” and “Campo Volantín / La Salve”.
  • Tram : Guggenheim stop.
  • Metro : Stop: Moyua, exit: “Ercilla-Guggenheim”

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Adults : 13€ (1130.55 INR) Online / 15€ (1304.48 INR) Admission desk
  • Students (ages 18-26) : 6.5€ (565.27 INR) Online / 7.5€ (652.24 INR) Admission desk...
  • Seniors (>65) / Pensioners : 6.5€(565.27 INR) Online / 7.5€(652.24 INR) Admission desk...
  • Children and youths under 18 : Free Online / Free Admission desk...
  • Museum members : Free Online / Free Admission desk...

Things to Do

 

Appreciate the Guggenheim Museum's works: Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum put the industrial northern Spanish city on the map. Frank Gehry designed it in a metal ship-like building. You will witness works by artists such as Anslem Kiefer, Anish Kapoor, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, and Jeff Koons. Even outside, you will find the large artworks in the art district.

City’s pintxos bars: Bilbao is home to some of the best pintxos bars in the Basque Country. Please check out to have pintxos bites, which are small pieces of bread, topped with meat, seafood, vegetables, or cheese.

Streets of the Casco Viejo: Casco Viejo is the old town of Bilbao. You can explore its winding streets, bars, shops, and colorful architecture apart from visiting the Catedral de Santiago de Bilbao, the archeological museum, and the Plaza Nueva.

The stalls at the La Ribera market: La Riberta market is the right place to get acquainted with the Bilbao's famous food scene and buy some local products. You will find stalls, restaurants, and live music spaces. Pedro Ispizua designed the historic building that houses the market. Live music spaces, restaurants, and bars make it an excellent place for a night out. La RibertaIt is the biggest indoor covered market in Europe.

Museo Bellas Artes: This fine arts museum features artists such as Eduardo Chillida, El Greco, Paul Gauguin, Francisco de Goya, and Francis Bacon and collection from the 12th century.

Boat ride at the Ría de Bilbao: Take a boat ride down the Ria del Nervion or de Bilbao to see the banks' major attractions.

Mount Artxanda for city views: To view jaw-dropping vistas and spectacular city panoramas, ride to the top of Mount Artxanda on the old funicular cable railway in 1915.

The Cathedral de Bilbao: This cathedral in the gothic style is dedicated to the Apostle St James. Renaissance and neoclassical are the two of the porticoes in the cathedral.

Designs at the Azkuna Zentroa: The Azkuna Zentroa is a cultural and leisure center. French designer Philippe Starck redesigned this modernist building. It rests upon 43 columns.

Stop for a drink on the atmospheric Plaza Nueva: Locals buy and sell antiques and collectibles on Sundays. Plaza Nueva is dotted with cafes, bars, and restaurants. You can take a breather and relax here for some time.

Address

Guggenheim Museum, Abandoibarra Etorbidea, Bilbao, Spain

Rating & Reviews

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Tarik Baad
Tarik Baad
09/06/2020 01:51
Was a good experience. I wish we had more time to see everything but I'm positive about coming back to visit it again in the future.
Marc 01
Marc 01
08/10/2020 14:09
This museum is to say the least interesting. The building is amazing and it's filled with lots of strange shakes and columns. However, I, without having much knowledge of contemporary art couldn't appreciate the sculptures and paintings inside despite the audioguide comments
Jan-Thijs Koster
Jan-Thijs Koster
08/08/2020 18:21
Nice museum, but for me personally especially because of the interesting building. The exhibition is much geared towards modern art, that either is your cup of tea or it isn’t. For me the Guggenheim did not meet up to my expectations (fuelled by its status).
Cath Simpkins
Cath Simpkins
09/04/2020 18:17
Huge fan of Gehry's constructions. Love most of his designs. It's worth going to Bilbao just to see this building and if you go inside, having retrieved your socks which have been blown off by the exterior, you will find the interior will blow them off all over again. Superb. Outstanding. 10 stars! Would revisit again and again.
Omar Alzoubi
Omar Alzoubi
09/10/2020 07:46
One of the most amazing museums I’ve ever had been in. The art and science are fit together to produce a masterpiece of cultural transformation.

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FAQs

Guggenheim Museum rose to prominence as the Basque city’s landmark and draw 20 million visitors from far corners of the globe. This museum was opened on the banks of the Nervion River in 1997 after four years of construction.
Ferrovial built it for the cost to the tune of US$89 million.
You will find Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, Abu Dhabi, and Berlin. In all, five Guggenheim Museums are there in the world....
Around 7000 cubic feet of concrete and 700 tons of structural steel went into constructing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's structure and shell. Several subcontractors coordinated to create unique plywood forms. These plywood forms shaped the sweeping curves of the iconic building. ...
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum figures in the most important building of Wright's late-career. With the unique architecture of the space, spiral ramp riding to a domed skylight, and a monument to modernism, the Guggenheim Museum stands out as an embodiment of contemporary art....
Your time may range from a minimum of one hour to three hours, depending on your interest in art and exhibitions. Guide service and audio guides are available for tourists....
The Guggenheim Museum gives free entry on Saturdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. It is a must-see attraction for the connoisseur of modern art. ...
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