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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 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.
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.