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American architect Frank Gehry is responsible for this architectural masterpiece: this fantastic chrome and metal creation houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art, a continuation of the Guggenheim legacy.
The building is stunning, commanding an impressive riverside location and presenting many fascinating outdoor exhibits - like the F.O.G and Jeff Koons' puppy'
But once inside I was underwhelmed.
The building's layout makes navigation difficult and i thought the signage as poor.
The atrium, and...More
Interesting building next to the river in a beautiful city. We enjoyed the exposition of Joana Vasconcelos’ art work. Plus the impressive work of Serra.
The museum bistro/bar offered some nice sandwiches. The waiting time in line took quite a while. There were too many...More
The most stunning building. It is worth a visit just to look at it. We only saw the permanent collection but that is worth the entrance money by itself. We only went to Bilbao for the Guggenheim and it was worth it.
you read about this museum and you always wonder if they are exagerating. they are not, it is a work of are inside and out. the displays are out of this world and the outside is breathtaking to see. plan to spend hours walking through...More
Bilbao is a fantastic city for a 2-3 day break. Even if it was not, it is worth visiting just for the Guggenheim. The building is fantastic and the exhibition - permanent or not - is marvellous. An absolute must.
Great museum and just a spectacular from the outside. One thing you must do is buy the tickets online. We bought them the day before and when we arrived, we could bypass the huge long queue. When you book online you have to say what...More
Well just don’t skip this opportunity. Even if you don’t enjoy art tour around the outside for free. You cannot fail to be impressed by the building. If you like contemporary art then it’s worth the entrance fee. Excellent Chagall exhibition. Also catch the local...More
both inside and out this venue is worth the trip. expect to spend at least two hours or more just to get round it inside and out at a glance. very imaginative and creative and a wonderful setting for people watching and eating as well
You can't really say that you visted Bilbao without a trip to the Guggenheim...even a walk around the museum itself. There is a lot to see in the museum and a good few interactive pieces so you'd need between 2-3 hrs to complete the full...More
If you’re curious about “modern art” then the G is a great place to immerse yourself in a huge variety of genres, techniques and, occasionally, the political environment from the artist’s perspective. In this case just play... More
If you’re curious about “modern art” then the G is a great place to immerse yourself in a huge variety of genres, techniques and, occasionally, the political environment from the artist’s perspective. In this case just play the tourist and opt for the audio gadget - it provides a lot of info and you can take as much time or as little as you like, skipping bits that don’t hook you and move on to another exhibit or gallery. The downside is that you can’t ask questions if the gizmo fails to satisfy you.
If you feel you know a bit already, and are prepared to do a bit of research about the artists and their exhibited works, then you would get more out of a guided tour that particularly caters for your interests, but again you would have to research what tours are available. They are generally “expert-led”, and, being in your own language, are therefore pricey - but you’re paying for their (hopefully) encyclopaedic knowledge. I suspect the expert guide will concentrate heavily upon a small number of key exhibits and give your small group a serious tutorial during which serious questions get comprehensive answers.
Somewhere in the middle are the basic tours by guides in your own language that are non-specialist and, therefore, more broadly based. You will see more exhibits than on the specialist / “expert” tour in the same time because you get told less about each exhibit. You might find you know more about a particular artist than the guide if you are a real enthusiast.
Honestly.........most people visiting the G because it’s a “must see” while in Bilbao will find the comprehensive audio gizmo is all they need, but Your visit will be memorable whichever you opt for.
We flew from BCN to Bilbao, you can get a bus from airport to the Guggenheim. The museum was very interesting and well done. We went on a free tour which was excellent and we tipped our guide well. We walked all over... More
We flew from BCN to Bilbao, you can get a bus from airport to the Guggenheim. The museum was very interesting and well done. We went on a free tour which was excellent and we tipped our guide well. We walked all over Bilbao but there is a trolley and buses.